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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: BalletBoyz; What Does an Anteater Eat?; A Streetcar Named Desire

22 May, 2020

Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo: Johan Persson

BALLETBOYZ’ 20th anniversary dance show, Deluxe, was due to be performed at Sadler’s Wells in March. Instead it will be aired on BBC Four as part of Culture in Quarantine on May 27 and available on BBC iPlayer until June 24. Bradley 4:18 is choreographed by Punchdrunk choreographer Maxine Doyle in collaboration with jazz musician Cassie Kinoshi. Inspired by the lyrics and story of spoken word artist Kate Tempest’s Pictures on a Screen, it’s about a young man struggling to connect with the world around him. Ripple is the UK debut production from renowned Shanghai-based choreographer Xie Xin with music by electronic composer Jiang Shaofeng. The piece explores movement inspired by the flow of energy that memories and feelings possess. Tune in: BBC Four – May 27 at 10.30pm (Bradley 4:18) and 11pm (Ripple).

• LITTLE Angel Theatre has partnered with puppeteer Toby Olié to stream his performance of Ross Collins’ picture book What Does an Anteater Eat? about an anteater who has forgotten what anteaters eat. The performance will be available on the Little Angel Theatre YouTube channel until September 1. It’s free to access and is aimed at children aged 2-5 and their families. Visit: Little Angel Theatre YouTube channel – youtube.com/thelittleatheatre

• SOHO Theatre’s on Demand platform features three new theatre films: The Special Relationship, a darkly funny and biting verbatim satire by Hassan Abdulrazzak about the complex stories behind the deportation of ex-prisoners from the US; a specially filmed version of Patrick Sandford’s Groomed, a moving one-man play inspired by the writer/performer’s own life shot on location in a primary school; and Good Girl, the debut play by Naomi Sheldon, a comic and unflinching coming-of-age story which won critical acclaim at the Edinburgh in 2017. The films are available to rent for £4 each for 48 hours from May 26 until August. Visit: sohotheatreondemand.com

• THIS week, National Theatre at Home will be streaming the Young Vic’s acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois and directed by Benedict Andrews. From 7pm May 21-28. Visit: nationaltheatre.org.uk

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