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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Write to Play; Twenty Twenty; Grimm Tales for Fragile Times; Monuments

04 February, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

From The Young Vic TWENTY TWENTY film Even at Our Age

DAME Harriet Walter, Mandy Colleran, Naomi Wirthner, Sharon D Clarke and Julie Graham star in Graeae’s new series of five short plays, written by alumni from Graeae’s Write to Play programme. The plays cover diverse topics from sibling rivalry to death by Post-it notes and feature upcoming disabled directors. The final two, captioned and audio described, are released online at noon on Feb 9 and 16. Visit: graeae.org/our-work/crips-without-constraints-part-2/

The Young Vic has recently released three short films starring members of their TWENTY TWENTY community company. Even At Our Age by Tolani Shoneye, directed by Jade Lewis, is a dark and mischievous take on gameshows and secret societies; Tapestry by Nessah Muthy, directed by Audrey Sheffield is about a community choir, love, loss and letting go; and Home(body) by Jasmine Lee-Jones, directed by Milli Bhatia, is a unique take on homelessness. The films were created with three local organisations. Free with no time limit on streaming availability. Visit: youngvic.org/young-vic-digital/twenty-twenty

• Creation Theatre is offering a deliciously dark and twisted set of fairy tales, online via Zoom, performed live by a five-strong cast. Reinvented for the digital stage, Grimm Tales for Fragile Times and Broken People features classic favourites, including Hansel & Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin, as well as other gruesome offerings including The Juniper Tree, The Moon, and Godfather Death. Suitable for audiences aged 12+ Until Feb 14. Visit: creationtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/grimm-tales/

• Pentabus Theatre has recently re-released two live recordings. Here I Belong by Matt Hartley, directed by Elizabeth Freestone, celebrates village life, companionship and community. Over six decades from 1953 to 2016 we follow Elsie (Beatrice Curnew), her relationships and desire to grow old in her own home. Crossings by Deirdre Kinahan, directed by Sophie Motley, explores the unexpected stories of war past and present; the soldiers who found solace in women’s clothing, the refugees who found peace in the English countryside. Visit: pentabus.co.uk/whats-on

• The Donmar Warehouse works in its home boroughs of Camden and Westminster to produce work that celebrates the voices of its community and uses theatre to encourage discussion and debate. During the autumn of 2020, a company of 12 black, brown and multiracial young Londoners collaborated with director Sara Aniqah Malik and writer Nessah Muthy, to produce a bold short film, Monuments. The young company explore how the legacy of the British Empire continues to impact their day-to-day lives, and how statues in the heart of Westminster are physical reminders of the history of slavery and colonialism. The film is available to watch on youtube.com/donmarwarehouse from 11am, Feb 9.

• The Almeida Theatre is releasing live streamed performances of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Hymn from Weds-Sat, Feb 17–20. Tickets are on sale from almeida.co.uk – more on the production next week.

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