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Three To See 28 May-3 Jun: Kid Stuff, Funny Stuff, Festival Stuff, Theatre and More… 

By | Published on Friday 24 May 2024

KID STUFF

You Choose | Battersea Arts Centre | 30-31 May
Pretty sure it will be half term right now as you read this, so if you have young people kicking around at home this week, maybe it’s time to plan a lovely outing to a lovely show. I was delighted when I heard about this one because it’s based on a book that my daughter was fairly obsessed with as a tiny tot. Suitable for ages two to seven-ish, and interactive, because of course, ‘You Choose’. Click here.

Mr Sleepybum | Park Theatre | 28 May-2 Jun
“Do you have silly and strange dreams at night? Well, Mr Sleepybum does, and he’s going to re-enact them all for you”. This comedy show for kids aged three and over from character comedian Jody Kamali was a bit of a hit at edfringe in 2023, which is obviously how I heard about it, in glowing terms, not least from our own reviewers, who proclaimed it to be riotously entertaining. For more information and to book, see this page here.

toooB | The Place | 28 May (pictured)
This one is for teeny tiny tots, actually, so the half term thing isn’t really relevant here, given that it’s aimed at the quite (understandably) specific six to 24 months old age bracket. Shows for little babby lambs like this are fairly few and far between though, so I always like to let people know about them. This one, by Angel Exit Theatre, features toooB, a curious and friendly shape-shifting creature. Find out more here.


FUNNY STUFF

The Rob Auton Show | Bloomsbury Theatre | 1 Jun (pictured)
On to fun stuff for grown ups now, starting with an act I am always in a hurry to recommend, not least because he’s done so many brilliant shows that we love up at old edfringe. So many in fact that we gave him a ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award that time. Anyway, here he is, with his latest show, and if you’re not aware of his work yet, expect quirky, charming, eccentric brilliance. See this page here to book your tickets.

Frankie Thompson: CAttS | Soho Theatre | 3-15 Jun
Another show we first discovered up in Edinburgh (you all must be used to that now), this one back in 2022. When our reviewer saw it, they gave it four stars and called it “all over the place – in a good way”, and went on to describe Frankie Thompson as an “engaging clown and comic, who carries off all the silliness with aplomb”. So that’s all looking good, isn’t it? I’ll bet you’re thinking you might check it out? Click here then.

Miss Brexit | Camden People’s Theatre | 29-31 May
“In post-Brexit England, young European actors are no longer welcome. They have worked for decades to erase their identities in order to fit an Anglocentric industry. It’s a matter of survival. Only Miss Brexit will be allowed leave to remain in the UK”. Sounds kinda serious, really that, doesn’t it? Yet, despite the serious points, this is a fun satire, and therefore belongs in the funny section. More info right about here.


FESTIVAL STUFF

Hair That Defies Gravity | Theatre Peckham | 1-2 Jun
On now to festival related events, and our first pick is from the ongoing and lovely Peckham Fringe. As ever, I’ll advise you to head to the full listings here to check out everything that’s on as part of the festival this week, but I’ll also inform you that this show particularly caught my eye. It’s a lyrical play about the Golden Ori Hair Salon, run by Ifeya, who injects her salon chairs with love. Read more about it here.

Futures Festival: I Am A Walking Universe | Pleasance Theatre | 30 May-1 Jun
As you may know, because we have mentioned it before, the Futures Festival at Pleasance Theatre sees different creatives programming different weeks of works in progress, and the latest week is The Future Is East African curated by OommoO.XYZ. This show about Lula, earth personified, her story a metaphor that parallels the experience of Mother Earth and global warming, called out to me. Read more about it here, and find other Futures Festival shows here.

Sunny Side Up | Soho Theatre | 28 May-1 Jun (pictured)
For our next tip, we are not actually going to be attending a festival show. We’re going to see a highly acclaimed work that was first presented at Peckham Fringe back in 2022, and that’s the festival connection. Created by David Alade, it’s a poignant, playful and poetic play about “growing up in a particular place, at a particular time with a particular bond between a father and his son”. Info right about here.


SERIOUS CONCERNS

Power & Protest | Drayton Arms Theatre | 2-3 Jun
Lots of theatre today, isn’t there? Well, that’s a good thing right? And here we have some excellent offerings. First up is ‘Power & Protest’ at the Drayton Arms Theatre, which is a collection of three new one act political plays by Robert Frew. I don’t have time here to explain what each one is about, so please head to the venue website here to find out more about all of them.

May 35th | Southwark Playhouse Elephant | 29 May-1 Jun (pictured)
“It is past midnight on May 35th. Armed with a dated map of Tiananmen Square, a candle and some matchsticks, a cleaner’s work permit, and a family secret buried for over 30 years, an elderly couple is getting ready to commit the bravest act yet”. A moving story based on interviews and real life stories of parents who lost children at the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. More info here.

The Bleeding Tree | Southwark Playhouse Borough | 29 May-22 Jun
And from one Southwark Playhouse to another, for yes, we are headed to Borough for ‘The Bleeding Tree’, which is described as a “gripping revenge drama” but also promises to be darkly funny, yay. “In a small town with a big sky, a gunshot rings out. Three women stand over the body of a man. Rumours say he was drunk when he left the bar. What if the end of his story is the beginning of someone else’s?” Details here.


MORE GREAT STUFF

Tricity Vogue’s All Girl Swing Band | Wilton’s Music Hall | 29-30 May
And now, finally, a mixed bag of stuff that isn’t theatre. Cabaret star Tricity Vogue is another someone we fell for one August up in the Scottish capital and we’ve been faithful fans ever since. Here you get to see her in action with an all female line-up of jazz musicians celebrating the tenth anniversary of their regular All Girl Swing Band performances at Wilton’s Music Hall. Head this way to find out more.

Cheok by Ae-Soon Ahn | The Place | 31 May-1 Jun (pictured)
OK, so you have had some music, now let’s add some dance, specifically ‘Cheok’ by Ae-Soon Ahn at The Place. It’s also a stealth festival event (from the Festival Of Korean Dance) that didn’t make it into the festival section. “Mysterious and virtuosic solos and groups connect and communicate in a rich and sensuous landscape of light, video, sound and movement, creating new connections between humans: not building on logical precision, but rediscovering traditional Asian values”. All the details right about here.

The Undesirables: The Law That Locked Away A Generation | Conway Hall | 2 Jun
“Through the early twentieth century, ‘liberal’ Britain locked away thousands of innocent people. Forcibly removed from their families and confined to a shadow world of specialist facilities in the countryside, they were hidden away and forgotten about – out of sight, out of mind”. Award winning historian Sarah Wise gives an Ethical Matters talk on this national scandal and how archaic assumptions continue to shape social policy. See it in person or online. More here.



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