I haven’t seen a good piece of theatre in a whiiiiiillllle, and in Paris the struggle has been real. French theatre just isn’t for me – hell to the nah, to the nah, nah, naaaah!
But good thing I’m back in London pretty soon so I’ll be seeing about one or two plays per week including:
‘The Fisherman’ @ Arcola Theatre (dir. Gbolahan Obisesan)In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe slip away to fish at a forbidden river. They continue unnoticed and carefree – until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives forever.
‘Misty’ @ Trafalgar Studios (dir. Omar Elerian)“Can a play from a person like me just be a play already?”
Through a visceral blend of theatre, gig and performance poetry, Arinzé delivers an epic, heartfelt and playful exploration of creative freedom, set against a pulsing vision of modern London.
‘The End of Eddy’ @ The Unicorn Theatre (dir. Stewart Laing)Born into poverty in an isolated village in rural France, a boy grows up amongst hard men and women living hard and violent lives. Bullied relentlessly for being gay, this is the story of Eddy’s struggle to understand who he is, who he might become, and of his fight to escape.
‘The Village’ @ Theatre Royal Stratford (dir. Nadia Fall) Village life for Jyoti is simple: the people work hard, sing and live off the earth. She would much rather devour a delicious meal than think about a suitable partner. But when the Inspector and his men arrive back in town, things quickly begin to sour. The Inspector’s reign of terror sees him commit unspeakable acts against the village with young Jyoti in his sights, pushing everyone to breaking point. Will she dare scorn his advances?
‘New Nigerians’ @ Arcola Theatre (dir. Rosamunde Hutt) Nigeria: ‘The Giant of Africa’. Conservatives rule over the biggest economy on the continent, and one of the largest and youngest populations in the world. What if the people wanted something different? What if they got it?
‘Miss Julie’ @ National Theatre (dir. Carrie Cracknell)Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean. It descends into a savage fight for survival.