In Brief: Theatre listings February

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By Jasmine Wing

Breathe News brings you all you need to know about the smaller theatre productions in London this month.

All you need to know: This February

What: Word by JAMAL HAREWOOD
Where: Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX
When: WED 7 – THU 8 FEBRUARY
Website: https://stratford-circus.com/
Word is by artist Jamal Harewood, who creates temporary communities through participatory events. Focusing on ideas of identity and race, these events should be playful experiences that allow everyone to get involved. Jamal Harewood is a performance artist who creates temporary communities through participatory events and believes that these events should be a playful experience that allow everyone to get involved. The performances focus on ideas of identity and race within the community. He has a keen interest in abolishing the performer/ audience hierarchy that frequently occurs within theatre.

What: The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Bijan Sheibani
Where: Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
When: 1 Feb 2018 – 14 Feb 2018
Website: https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-brothers-size

American playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is a writer and actor, known for Moonlight (2016). Moonlight writer, McCraney has revived and upsized his first play The Brothers Size, which over a decade ago debuted in the smaller upstairs studio at the Young Vic. The performance is accompanied by a live backing of drums, just off-stage from Manuel Pinheiro. “The dialogue is rooted in the oral traditions of African storytelling that evokes historical memories of slavery and the civil rights movement as it tells the story of the at times fractured fraternal relations and the interloper friend. These are characters that have problems escaping anything apart from the fourth wall, as they say stage directions before delivering their dialogue” ‘The Independent’ reported.

What: Find Your Way Home by John Hopkins
Where: Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street
London NW1 7BU
When: 13th February – 4th March
Website: http://www.etceteratheatre.com/

The play opens in the slightly sleazy London apartment of Julian know to his friends as Julie. Julie is joined by his middle aged lover, Alan, who has decided to leave his wife and children to live with Julie. As the second act opens they are suddenly confronted by Alan’s shocked and outraged wife, and the second act becomes almost a self contained play as Alan and his wife lacerate each other in a brilliant and ruthless dissection of modern marriage and parenthood. This intense triangle of a clandestine affair between a middle-aged husband and father and his male lover becomes a scalding drama when the man’s wife discovers and confronts both men in shock and outrage, originally published: 1971. John Richard Hopkins (sometimes credited as John R. Hopkins; 27 January 1931 – 23 July 1998) was a British film, stage, and television writer.

What: Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
Where: Olivier Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
When: 1st Feb – 24th April 2018
Website: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/amadeus

Michael Longhurst’s acclaimed production of Peter Shaffer’s iconic play features live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Adam Gillen and Lucian Msamati reprise the roles of Mozart and Salieri.

What: Network, adapted by Lee Hallbased on the Paddy Chayefsky film
Where: Lyttelton Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
When: 1st Feb – 24th March
Website: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/network

What: MAWAEF Multimedia Arts Festival: Algeria Edition
Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
When: 10th February 2018
Twitter: @MarsmUK
Website: www.marsm.co.uk
https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/%D9%81-mawaef-multimedia-arts-festival-algeria-edition?dm_i=3RJ7,CF3T,3TM6IH,1AN1D,1

What: TAMASHA SCRATCH NIGHT: I WALK IN YOUR WORDS
Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
When: SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY
Website: www.tamasha.org.uk
https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/theatre/tamasha-scratch-night-i-walk-your-words?dm_i=3RJ7,CF3T,3TM6IH,1AN1D,1

What: Love Songs, Presented by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi
Where: Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY
When: 4th February 2018
Twitter: @_TripHazards
Website: https://www.cptheatre.co.uk/production/love-songs-2/
www.triphazardstheatre.com

Part of Calm Down Dear, a three-week festival of innovative feminist performance. An eccentric mix of get-on-the-dance-floor music, rap and spoken word weave a coming-of-age story that is both hilarious and heart breaking in equal measure. Put your feet up and get ready for an exciting cocktail of entertainment, modest opinions and intoxicating wordplay… Alissa Anne Jeun Yi is a poet, performer and theatre-maker based in Kent and East London.

What: So Many Reasons, Created by Racheal Ofori, presented by Fuel and Camden People’s Theatre
Where: Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY
When: Tue 16 Jan – Sat 3 Feb
Twitter: https://twitter.com/camdenPT
Website: https://www.cptheatre.co.uk/production/so-many-reasons/

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