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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Strasbourg 1518; Monologues; Madame Kalamazoo; Her & Her; Three Kings

06 August, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Andrew Scott stars in Three Kings

SADLER’S Wells is currently streaming Strasbourg 1518, a collaboration in isolation with some of the greatest dancers working today. Inspired by a powerful involuntary mania that took hold of citizens in the city of Strasbourg over 500 years ago, it’s the latest film devised and directed by Jonathan Glazer and featuring music by Mica Levi. Visit: sadlerswells.com

THE Hope Theatre is searching for creativity, inspiration and potential in its first Monologue Writing Competition supported by the Arsenal Foundation’s Gunners Fund. They’re looking for written monologues between 10-15 minutes in length (no more than 2,000 words) inspired by the theme of Hope. Entries will be judged in three age categories, from 11-25 years, and the winning monologues will be filmed with professional actors and premiered online. Set yourself a challenge even if you’ve never written before. For more info and submission forms visit: thehopetheatre.com

MADAME Kalamazoo is a mysterious storyteller who arrived at the National Theatre from the Blue Moon. She writes funny daily stories for children which she sends for free via email. The magical thing is that your children can appear in them as characters. These imaginative stories have been written to help young people get through the unusual times we are living in, and to invite them into a community of children, all receiving their own special Kalamazoo adventures. Children can contribute artwork and ideas to help move the stories along. Their artwork can be sent via a magical route to other children also receiving Madame Kalamazoo’s mail. Madame Kalamazoo’s stories are suitable for playful minds of any age, but so far 5-11 year olds seem to like them best. If you would like your children to receive their own special stories from Madame Kalamazoo, register on the National Theatre’s website: nationaltheatre.org.-uk/shows/madame-kalamazoo

COMMISSIONED by the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine, Her & Her is about two British women: one black, one white. They have been seeing each other for a few months and are in love. But they have different backgrounds, cultures, upbringings, rules. One uses poetry and the other music to tell their stories. Honest conversation and carefree dancing win in the end. This is a lyrical and musical story told using poetry and beatboxing. Written and directed by Jade Anouka; music composed and performed by Grace Savage. Visit: bbc.co.uk/arts

THE world premiere of Three Kings, a new play by Stephen Beresford written for and starring Andrew Scott, has been created for Old Vic: In Camera. This scratch performance will be streamed live from the Old Vic. When Patrick is eight years old his absent father returns unexpectedly and sets him the challenge of “The Three Kings”. Years later, Patrick traces the events of his father’s life and takes us on a journey of grandiose plans, aching disappointments and audacious self-delusion. Three Kings is about fathers and sons, the gifts and burdens of inheritance, and the unfathomable puzzle of human relationships. Friday 3.30pm, Saturday 3.30pm and 7.30pm Visit: oldvictheatre.com

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