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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Hope at Home; The Kids are Alright; An Ice Thing to Say

26 November, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

The Kids Are Alright. Photo: Jen Malarky

THE Hope Theatre has recently released Hope at Home, an ambitious, five-part series of 15-minute monologues created by 25 artists on its YouTube channel. Each episode explores a slice of everyday life. My Father’s Shed by Henry Egar premiered on Monday and is available until Nov 29. Subsequent films are released weekly, culminating in a Christmas special on December 21. This Monday features Where the Socks Go by Somebody Jones. For links to the shows and a chance to donate to secure the future of this acclaimed Islington pub theatre, visit: totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/hopeathome

Fuel & Encounter’s production of The Kids are Alright explores the grief of losing a child and is part of Camden People Theatre’s Digital series. When a day trip to the Natural History Museum turns to tragedy, Karen and Keith return home and attempt to make sense of the unimaginable. The Kids Are Alright will be streamed on YouTube, 9pm on November 28. Visit: cptheatre.co.uk/production/the-kids-are-alright/

• Visit Cockpit Broadcast for a selection of online shows from the Talos IV Sci-Fi Festival. An Ice Thing to Say blends ice installation, music, movement and puppetry and explores the human impact on nature and encourages compassion as a catalyst for change. Available online until Dec 9. Visit: thecockpit.org.uk/show/an_ice_thing_to_say

Charles Court Opera’s Snow White in the Seven Months of Lockdown is the King’s Head Theatre’s first show since the venue closed in March. It will be streaming online and available on demand from December 14-31. This original Christmas panto will include interactive, choose-your-own-adventure moments. Sit back, relax and get your magic mirrors ready to meet a cast of familiar and not-so-familiar characters in this cheeky and inventive take on the age-old story by John Savournin. Original music and lyrics by David Eaton. There will be family-friendly and adult-only versions available to stream. A share of the profits will be donated to the Theatre Artists Fund. Booking open. Visit: kingsheadtheatre.com/whats-on

• I’m a trustee of the JMK Trust, which provides talented, emerging directors with awards, guidance and development opportunities. The trust has moved online and continues to offer advice and training for our future creative practitioners. An inspiring programme of workshops, aimed at engaging theatre directors from all backgrounds, has become the #JMKSpace where directors, such as Natalie Abrahami and Lyndsey Turner, share their insight and expertise. From December 1-8 the JMK Trust is raising funds as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge. Every donation is doubled by existing donors. For info visit: jmktrust.org To donate: tinyurl.com/y65gm5w2

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