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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: No Direction Home; Masks; Letters; Pippin

10 September, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Masks – The Feast During the Plague

NO Direction Home, a group of stand-up comedians from refugee and migrant backgrounds, will be launching Camden People’s Theatre’s digital programme at 8pm on September 12. It’s hosted by Tom Parry and headlined by Mo Omar, a finalist at the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Awards last year and a refugee from Somalia. Guest headliners for the rest of the tour include Dane Baptiste and Sindhu Vee. Visit: cptheatre.co.uk/production/no-direction-home-digital/

MASKS – The Feast During the Plague, based on Little Tragedies by Alexander Pushkin, is on at Theatro Technis until September 13. Wearing masks is a “new reality”, but is it the new norm? How is it different from the bubonic plague of the medieval era? Are we just Neanderthals with smartphones in our hands. Macabre, funny, scary, sexy – featuring Don Juan, Mozart, Salieri and the plague itself. Visit: theatrotechnis.com

THE Gate Theatre will present a digital production of Letters, live streamed on Zoom (£10 Adult, £5 conc). Between March and August, the Gate invited nine pairs of performers to write to each other. Letters is about pandemics and protests, the personal and the public, and people living in isolation reaching out to one another on paper. Live from their own homes, each pair will read the letters they’ve received, not knowing what they contain. All they have is a series of instructions and a surprise box of props to create a show together. Co-directed by Nina Bowers, Yasmin Hafesji, Hannah Ringham, Moi Tran and Ellen McDougall. From September 14 to October 7 at 6.30pm. Recordings of each show are available as pay-for-view via the Gate’s website for £5 until October 31. Visit: gatetheatre.co.uk

THE Garden Theatre at The Eagle in Kennington is hosting an exciting new production of the Broadway musical, Pippin, about a prince learning the true meaning of glory, love and war. It features a memorable score, including Magic to Do and Corner of the Sky, from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), book by Roger O Hirson. Pippin will be performed outdoors with an ensemble cast of six. Social distancing is in place with drink orders via the Eagle London app. Temperatures will be checked on arrival and contact details taken for test and trace. Audience members must wear face masks or coverings during the 90-minute performance (including a five-minute pause) Tickets: £20+ booking fee. Until Sunday, October 11. Visit www.gardentheatre.co.uk

PART of the Old Vic’s In Camera series, and featuring an all-star cast, Brian Friel’s Faith Healer will be streamed live for five performances only. Francis Hardy (Michael Sheen) travels to the remote corners of Wales, Scotland and Ireland attempting to heal those who wish to be healed. His wife Grace (Indira Varma) and manager Teddy (David Threlfall) complete this nomadic triptych. September 16-19. Tickets: £20 to £40. Visit: oldvictheatre.com

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