Changing State

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Tian Glasgow’s Changing State is a darkly comic coming-of-age story set in inner city London. Three of the characters cling to the hope that the uncertainty and confusion of adolescence will clear, but having returned from university one of them knows that it is a long road ahead. As they each try to realise their ambitions, they must confront that mistakes (big and small) are the only way forward. Changing State is another stylised performance piece brought to you by New Slang Productions team. It’s the company’s second full production since Silver Shores (2012) staged in the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden.

Date: 3-14 February 2015
Venue : Hen & Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul’s Rd, London N1 2NA
Time: 7pm (2.30pm Saturday matinee) | 90 minutes duration
Price: £13.50 (£10 concessions)
Box Office: www.unrestrictedview.co.uk


True Brits @ The VAULT Festival 2015

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The critically acclaimed True Brits, written by Vinay Patel and directed by Tanith Lindon, will headline the VAULT Festival 2015 after two sold out preview performances at the Bush’s Radar Festival. A presentation by Rich Mason Productions and the HighTide Festival Theatre, True Brits is Patel’s debut play. When a violent encounter leads to a whirlwind romance, young Rahul is more than willing to be caught up. But in the aftermath of 7/7, his world changes in ways he cannot control, drawing him into ever-darker places as he struggles to remain part of a British society that now distrusts him on sight. The play sweeps between the paranoid London of 2005 and the euphoric city at the heart of the 2012 Olympics. “I did Google it though, there were only two Asians in Team GB. Out of 542 athletes. And one of them was called “Neil Taylor”. Does that count?” True Brits is a play about being British of Asian descent; a coming of age tale about falling in love and finding a place in a society that distrusts you, simply for looking different.

Date: 4-22 February 2015
Venue: The Vaults, Leake St, London SE1 7NN
Time: 7.45pm (matinees – 3.15pm)
Price: £13.50
Website: www.vaultfestival.com/


National Theatre’s On Demand in Schools initiative

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The National Theatre is to launch its On Demand in Schools programme this autumn with three acclaimed National Theatre curriculum-linked productions which will be free for every secondary school classroom in the UK. The productions include Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Frankenstein and the Creature; and Nicholas Hytner’s productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Rory Kinnear, and Othello with Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear. They will be free to stream on demand in the classroom for three years from September 2015. Exclusively available to UK teachers and schools, no special software is required to watch the streams, and streams can be viewed on multiple devices.

Photo credit: Rory Kinnear and Adrian Lester in Othello courtesy of the National Theatre

Date: From September 2015

For more information, visit: nationaltheatre.org.uk/schools

National Theatre: On Demand. In Schools
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Contact.com

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Sexual charades: Charlie Brooks (Kelly) with Ralph Aiken (Ryan – left) and Jason Durr (Matthew). Photo credit: Kim Hardy

Play: Contact.com
Theatre: Park Theatre
Playwright: Michael Kingsbury
Director: Ian Brown

Review by Maria Teresa Sette

The world premiere of Michael Kingsbury’s Contact.com at Park Theatre is a fun, light-hearted sex comedy-drama which rummages through the emotional consequences of a promiscuous game of partner-swapping by two London couples.

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So The Path Does Not Die

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Book: So The Path Does Not Die
Author: Pede Hollist
Publisher: Jacaranda Books
Price: £12.99

Review by Natalie Gormally

The World Health Organisation estimates that up to 140 million women and girls have been subjected to genital mutilation across the world. Those who support the practice claim it protects women’s so-called “honour”, believing that a woman’s sexuality must be controlled.
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Interview with Janet Kay

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Janet Kay is not called the Queen of Lover’s Rock for nothing. Cited in the Music Guinness Book of Records as the first Black British woman to have a hit reggae song in the British pop charts with the classic Silly Games, Kay hasn’t slowed down in her artistic pursuits.

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Liberian Girl

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Fighting for survival: Juma Sharkah (Martha/Frisky)and Weruche Opia (Finda). Photo credit: Johan Persson

Play: Liberian Girl
Theatre: Royal Court Theatre
Playwright: Diana Nneka Atuona
Director: Matthew Dunster

Review by Joy Francis

Diana Nneka Atuona’s award winning debut takes no prisoners as it uses the plight of a teenage girl to highlight the horrors of the first Liberian civil war (1989-1996) and the role of child soldiers in the deaths of 200,000 people.

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Vendetta

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Book: Vendetta
Author: Dreda Say Mitchell
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Price: Paperback £6.99

Review by Andrea Enisuoh

Vendetta, Dreda Say Mitchell’s sixth novel, is a fantastically fast paced read, as expected, but it’s also a departure from her usual style. Though still a crime novel, it is chiefly a murder mystery that keeps you guessing from the first chapter.

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Almost, Maine

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The highs and lows of love: Susan Stanley (Marci) and Hamish Clark (Phil). Photo credit: Harry Grindrod

Play: Almost, Maine
Theatre: Park Theatre
Playwright: John Cariani
Directors: Simon Evans

Review by Esha Chaman

Premiering for the first time in the UK, American playwright John Cariani’s acclaimed Almost, Maine is a heart-warming wintery treat featuring nine vignettes about ordinary people struck by the most desired yet elusive force that exists – love.

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Lion Boy

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Future imperfect: Charlie Ashanti (Martins Imhangbe). Photo credit: Mark Douet

Play: Lion Boy
Theatre: Tricycle Theatre
Playwright: Marcelo Dos Santos
Directors: Clive Mendus and James Yeatman

Review by Natalie Gormally

Award-winning theatre company Complicite’s Lionboy is an ambitious adaption of Zizou Corder’s popular trilogy about a boy called Charlie Ashanti who can speak to cats – large and small.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

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A modern take on Jack and the Beanstalk: Left – Omar Ibrahim (Jack) and Michael Cahill (The Dame), and right – Gloria Onitiri (Grimm) and Paige Round (Grenthel). Photo credit: Ben Broomfield

Panto: Jack and the Beanstalk
Theatre: Park Theatre
Playwrights: Jez Bond and Mark Cameron
Director: Jez Bond

Review by Esha Chaman

Fee Fi Fo Fum. The bellowing voice of a legendary giant is booming through Park Theatre in a quirky musical adaptation of Jack in the Beanstalk. A bizarre mishmash of Shakespeare, singing mariachi shepherds and Tupperware (I kid you not), this production will leave you in stitches this festive season.

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