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Three To See and Stream 17-23 Jan: London International Mime Festival, Short Stops, More Great Stuff

By | Published on Friday 13 January 2023


Materia | Jacksons Lane | 19-22 Jan
As you may have discovered if you’ve been reading this week’s Caro Meets Q&A, the London International Mime Festival is up and running once again, and we are so excited about it, we are giving it a whole tips section. Our first pick is a show that we first came across at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe, one which we found captivating and beautiful. Read more about that production right about here.

The Nature Of Forgetting | Shoreditch Town Hall | 18-22 Jan (pictured)
Meanwhile, over at Shoreditch Town Hall, is another show that we’ve known and loved because we saw it at edfringe, though quite some time has elapsed since that happy event. In any case, our reviewer was utterly entranced by this exploration of a deteriorating mind from the excellent Theatre Re, and gave it 5/5. Head to the venue website here to book your tickets.

Marcel | London International Mime Festival | 17 Jan-5 Feb
Here’s one for those of you who would love to partake of the fabulous LIMF but may not be in a position to make it in person this time. For yes, this is a free online screening of ‘Marcel’, starring original Théâtre De Complicité members Jos Houben and Marcello Magni. The screening is dedicated to the latter, who sadly passed away in September last year. Read more about the performance on the festival website here.


Bring Your Own Baby Comedy | ArtsDepot | 19 Jan
Oh, it’s definitely time for some comedy now, not least because we are halfway through that legendarily dark and often damp month of January. Though, it’s comedy for a specific audience, the parents of very small children, who are very deserving of some funny-times, so I have no qualms about focusing on their entertainment needs. The line up this time is Sarah Iles, Joe Bor and Matt Green, see this page here for this and future dates.

Six Plays One Day | The Space | 21 Jan
I daresay you might be expected to have worked out from that title what this is, but, you know, I will explain nonetheless: it’s a festival of six plays all staged in one day by Threedumb Theatre. There are rising discounts when you buy tickets for more than one of them, and they’re by Louis Gale, Katie Read, Hannah Roze-Lewis, Ruby Shrimpton, Joseph Winder and Rebecca Phythian. More here.

Arms And The Man | online via Orange Tree Theatre | 17-20 Jan (pictured)
Here’s another show for those of you who can’t or don’t want to venture out much this week, as it’s available to watch online. We tipped it when it was a live show, because we really wanted to see it, an acclaimed revival of George Bernard Shaw’s well loved romantic comedy. But those of us who missed it still have this digital opportunity, which is great. Find out more here.


Two Billion Beats | Orange Tree Theatre | 23 Jan-4 Feb
Meanwhile, in addition to being able to stream the Orange Tree’s recent production, you can also head over to the venue to see the next one, ‘Two Million Beats’ by Sonali Bhattacharyya. It’s an acclaimed play, first staged at the venue in 2022, a coming of age story about two sisters focusing on the “unfairness of growing up in a world where you don’t make the rules”. Read more about the show here.

And Then The Rodeo Burned Down | King’s Head Theatre | 17 Jan-11 Feb
“It’s the best place in the world so why would anyone burn it down? Can these two cowboys figure it out before time is up?” Another edfest success for you now, a Fringe First winner featuring clowning, physical theatre and comedy that also promises to be “thrilling, joyful and heart-wrenching”. See the venue website here for information and to book tickets.

No One | Omnibus Theatre | 17-28 Jan
And finally, another thrilling show, this one from Akimbo Theatre, inspired by themes from the work of HG Wells. “Strange things are happening in Wellstone; a haunted pub quiz, a hovering pizza, and flying girls going missing. Whilst being investigated by police, Thomas Marvel accidentally befriends an invisible man called Griffin. But does Griffin truly exist and is he the violent monster everyone would have us believe?” All the details here.

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