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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Skin Tight; New Nordics Festival; Candoco; Broken Lad; Love and Other Acts of Violence; The Tragedy of Macbeth

14 October, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

You’ve got male: Broken Lad is at the Arcola’s outside venue

SKIN Tight by Gary Henderson is at the Hope Theatre from October 19 to November 6. Set in the 1950s on the rural plains of southern New Zealand, a couple’s past unravels in a playful and bruising encounter. As Tom and Elizabeth look back over their lives, their darkest secrets, fears and desires are laid bare as fractured moments of violence and memory play out around an old, decaying farm. Skin Tight is a fierce portrayal of our need to hold onto love and the past, and to find a place to truly belong. Box office: 0333 666 3366 /

Catch the final shows in the New Nordics Festival at Jackson’s Lane, described as dark comedies. In Garage by Mika Myllyaho (Finland) an ex-headteacher and a garage owner start a YouTube channel to try and save the garage from bankruptcy, October 15. In No Planet B by Vivian Nielsen (Denmark) two women lead a performance lecture on climate change to brazenly inform us about the current situation of our planet. As the information becomes increasingly overwhelming, the two women spiral into absurdity in search for a plan(net) B. October 16.

• Candoco return to Sadler’s Wells with a double bill on October 15-16. The company of disabled and non-disabled dancers will present the world premiere of Jeanine Durning’s Last Shelter alongside a reprisal of their recreation of Trisha Brown’s seminal Set and Reset/Reset, set to a driving Laurie Anderson score. Meanwhile, Normal Conditions / Nicola Conibere are in the Lilian Baylis Studio with the world premiere of new work, Carareretetatakakekerers, on October 15.

Broken Lad by Robin Hooper is at Arcola Theatre’s outside venue until November 6. Phil is reluctant about his comeback gig. Josh dreams of the celeb status that has passed his father by. Above a pub in north London, Phil waits to go on stage. As he laments his dwindling career, his son Josh arrives believing that his dad harbours a damaging secret. Past misdemeanours catch up with them. Broken Lad examines masculinity in distress.

• Cordelia Lynn’s play Love and Other Acts of Violence, about inheritance and the cycles of politics and history is at the Donmar Warehouse until November 27. A young Jewish physicist and an activist poet meet at a party and fall in love. As society splinters around them, the couple’s struggle to survive erupts into violence.

The Tragedy of Macbeth directed by Yaël Farber, starring James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan, is at the Almeida Theatre until November 20. It’s about a world in transformation, the shadows in us all, and one couple’s spine-chilling quest for power.


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