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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Outside; The Experiment; All On Her Own; Songs For A New World

18 February, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Gabrielle MacPherson in Outside

MINTY Fresh Productions is streaming Outside, written and performed by Gabrielle MacPherson, pictured, and directed by Karis Crimson, between Feb 18-20. Willa hasn’t ever left her house. For 30 years, she has spent every night locked in her room. Now, she finds herself searching for evidence of her existence. She has slipped through the cracks of society and her only reality outside the house exists between the pages of the books her semi-absent father publishes. But she can’t be hidden away anymore. A dark secret is about to come to light. Contains graphic images of violence. Tickets £5 to £15. Visit: space.org.uk/event/outside-livestream/

Philip Franks’ gives MR James’ ghost story The Experiment a contemporary twist in The Haunting of Alice Bowles. Billed as a “chilling ghost story for turbulent times”, it stars Tamzin Outhwaite, Max Bowden and Stephen Boxer and was filmed remotely at the actors’ homes. Tickets £15. Until February 28 on originaltheatreonline.com

• Terence Rattigan’s All On Her Own tells the story of Rosemary Hodge who has a secret burden to share that is both heartbreaking and sinister. Starring Janie Dee, this new digital production is directed by Alastair Knights. Approx 30 mins running time. Tickets £8 + £3 transaction fee until Feb 21, stream.theatre

Lambert Jackson Productions’ Songs For A New World, by award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, is on stream.theatre for one week from Feb 21. Filmed on the artists’ smart phones during lockdown, Séimí Campbell directs Rachel John, Ramin Karimloo, Cedric Neal, Rachel Tucker and Shem Omari James, with musical supervision by Adam Hoskins, musical direction from Josh Winstone and video editing by Danny Kaan. Sitting between musical and song cycle, this moving collection examines life, love, and the choices we make as it transports audiences through time and space to the summer of 2020. £15 + transaction fee, on demand until Feb 28, stream.theatre

• The children’s show Pongo’s Party is on demand until Mar 31, featuring the voice of children’s TV favourite Justin Fletcher as Pongo the Pig. It’s Pongo’s birthday. He’s been dropping hints to his friends all year and is looking forward to a fantastic party, but nobody seems to have remembered. Molly-Moo the Cow is making a mess baking, Sheena the Sheep is rehearsing with her band, and Marty MacDonald is in the middle of decorating. Dress in your best party clothes and join in a show full of fun, songs and laughter! With a colourful farmyard and host of loveable puppet characters, Pongo’s Party is a family show suitable for 2- to 7-year-olds. Songs include: The Hokey Cokey, Wheels On The Bus, Pat-A-Cake, I Am The Music Man, Old MacDonald Had A Farm, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and more. Tickets £9.99 per household. Visit: lighthousetheatre.co.uk/event/pongos-party-watch-online/

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