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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Talking Heads; Black, Beyond The Hashtag; Death of England: Delroy

08 October, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Tamsin Greig stars in Talking Heads Nights in the Garden of Spain at Bridge Theatre

THE final double bill of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads season is on at the Bridge Theatre until October 24. In Nights in the Garden of Spain, starring Tamsin Greig and directed by Marianne Elliott, Rosemary recalls the morning she was accosted by her neighbour Fran, who’d shot her husband. Though she’s been sexually abused for five years, Fran is given a two-year sentence; and as Rosemary’s friendship with her deepens, she has to look again at her own marriage. In Miss Fozzard Finds her Feet, performed by Maxine Peake, directed by Sarah Frankcom, Miss Fozzard has a new chiropodist, Mr Dunderdale, whose attention to her feet seems to go beyond the line of duty. Their weekly appointments raise the tricky question of who’s treating whom? Visit: bridgetheatre.co.uk

It’s Black History Month and Hoxton Hall is running a three-part podcast series, Raised In Hackney – Black, Beyond The Hashtag, conceived and produced by Karena Johnson. In May, we watched the brutal murder of George Floyd. His death led to an outpouring of grief and sparked a worldwide resurgence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Black, Beyond The Hashtag, asks a group of black participants from east London, aged 11 to 65, “what next?” In the first episode, young people share their thoughts and observations on BLM. Episode two features older participants and in the final part, Moving Forward, both groups come together to share their aspirations for the future. Available on all major podcast platforms from October 5. Link: https://bit.ly/3inWSdp

• The National Theatre is returning to live performance with Death of England: Delroy (written in response Death of England) by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams. Starring Michael Balogun, it follows a black working-class man as he searches for truth and confronts his relationship with Great Britain. Delroy is arrested on his way to the hospital. Filled with anger and grief, he recalls the moments and relationships that gave him hope before his life was irrevocably changed. From October 21 to November 28. Visit: nationaltheatre.org.uk

Wait For Me, a new British dance musical written by Sam Cassidy and directed by Ainsley Ricketts, is available online for £9.99. A heart-warming tale about life, loss and eternal love, Wait For Me was filmed during lockdown, adhering to Covid guidelines. Angels dance away the millennia in the realm of Heaven, two ethereal beings, entwined for all eternity and wrapped up in euphoric bliss until the moment they are split. Visit: page.inplayer.com/waitforme/

• Paines Plough is running a two-week theatre festival, The Place I Call Home, from October 19-31. Delivered via Instagram, Zoom, email, WhatsApp and good old-fashioned post, the digital festival of new writing features brand-new international plays co-written by writers from across Europe and delivered via multiple mediums. There will also be free online workshops for new actors, writers, directors and producers and open access Q&A’s with celebrated playwrights. Visit: ticketsource.co.uk/paines-plough

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