Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: End of the Line; Space Between; Little Angel; Dance
30 July, 2020
Shonagh Marie in Dance
THE End of the Line is a new audio-fiction podcast featuring 12 women delivering 12 bite-size monologues. They share one thing in common – they don’t have children. For some, this is a conscious choice; for others, it simply never happened for various reasons. Some have experienced loss and trauma, and others are happy living a child-free life. All of them, however, feel judged. Showcasing brand new writing, the characters in each episode are based on true stories or inspired by the actors featured and their own life experiences. Available at https://theendofthelinepodcast.podbean.com/ and all podcast formats.
DAVID Hunter (Waitress, Kinky Boots) and actor/singer-songwriter, Caroline Kay (The Clockmaker’s Daughter) have produced a new musical short, The Space Between. Made using screen-recordings of live video calls, it’s a 13-minute musical story offering a glimpse into a couple’s difficult relationship through lockdown. Hunter and Kay teamed up with composer and musical director, Nick Barstow, arranger and musical supervisor Imogen Halsey (on cello), and Joe Davison of Auburn Jam Music LTD who mixed and mastered. The Space Between is intended to raise funds for the Theatre Artists Fund, the emergency fund for those in need of urgent support due to the coronavirus pandemic, set up by theatre and film director Sam Mendes. It’s free to watch on YouTube but viewers are encouraged to make a donation. Visit: https://tinyurl.com/yyluoaqw
THE Little Angel Theatre is currently streaming two shows inspired by much-loved songs. What a Wonderful World encourages little ones to see the beauty of the world and to love other people. In Moon River a little girl goes on a magical journey along the Moon River, which flows from her bedroom out into the big wide world. Both are adaptations from Tim Hopgood’s classic songbook series. Hopgood’s illustrations are brought to life by Alison Alexander’s design and new recordings of the songs by Barb Jungr and Jenny Carr. The shows are available to watch online until September 30. Visit: littleangeltheatre.com
THE Soho Poly was a pioneer of “lunchtime theatre”, an attempt to bring arts and culture into the heart of the ordinary working day. Lunchtime theatre also offered opportunities to many artists who found themselves excluded from mainstream theatre. Sadly, the Riding House basement was abandoned in 1990, but there is now a major fundraising project under way to revive it and Dance by Matthew Morrison, directed by Charlotte Peters, is its first venture, produced in association with Brickdust. Kemi (Shonagh Marie) is being bullied. Her dad (Tim Treloar) tries to help but only makes it worse. When Kemi is humiliatingly thrust into the limelight, the pair concoct a dark revenge that might just go viral. Available until August 7. Visit: www.dancetheplay.co.uk