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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Assembly; Outside the Box; Adventurous; The Death of a Black Man

18 March, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Assembly will be broadcast live on Saturday

ASSEMBLY, featuring members of the Donmar Warehouse’s Local Company who live and work in Camden and Westminster, has been reimagined as a digital performance and will be broadcast live on YouTube on Saturday March 20, at 7.30pm. Mixing live performance, animation and sound, Assembly looks at the impact of humans on nature and what we might build together for a better future. It’s about trying, failing, and trying again. An uplifting show about hope created by Nina Segal and directed by Joseph Hancock. Sign up now for the free livestream on: youtube.com/donmarwarehouse

Camden People’s Theatre present Outside the Box, four bold projects addressing lockdown conditions head-on, focusing on topics from Camden’s hidden history to the global climate crisis, gentrification, isolation and marginalisation. Hot in Here is a carbon-neutral dance party by Pigfoot who worked with 13-year-old climate advocates from Acland Burghley school. Sunday, March 21: cptheatre.co.uk/production/outside-the-box-hot-in-here-a-carbon-neutral-dance-party; No Future by Adam Welsh is inspired by conversations with CPT’s local communities and blends super-8 film with recordings of phone conversations between Adam and his shielding grandmother Eve. Accompanying the show will be a digital exhibition of short films, artworks, and the reflections of community members Kate (78) and Jessica (96). April 13-17: cptheatre.co.uk/production/outside-the-box-no-future

• In Ian Hallard’s debut play, Adventurous, Ros (Sara Crowe) is looking for romance. Richard (Hallard) needs a new companion. They’re a match! But in 2020, dating isn’t simple. From glitchy Zoom introductions, to their socially distanced first date in an actual restaurant, we follow the twists and turns of Ros and Richard’s relationship as they negotiate technology, treachery… and tortoises. Tickets £15 for a single device / £20 for household with more than one viewer +£3 transaction fee. The virtual doors open 30 mins before the advertised start time. This is a ticketed event and only available to view at the scheduled time and date until March 29. stream.theatre/season/62

Hampstead Theatre has announced its first live productions for 2021. Alfred Fagon’s darkly compelling The Death of a Black Man will run from May 28 until July 10 having originally premiered at the theatre in 1975. This rare revival from the black British playwriting canon, raises many of the same questions we face today surrounding identity, capitalism and sexual politics. Hampstead Downstairs will also reopen with the world premiere of Raya by Deborah Bruce, directed by Roxana Silbert, from June 11 until July 24. Tickets from March 24 at hampsteadtheatre.com

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