Three To See on 1 Feb: A Brave Face, Gun, The Ungrateful Biped

By | Published on Thursday 25 January 2018

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

A Brave Face | Jacksons Lane | 1-3 Feb (pictured)
“Under bright blue skies, a small girl stands and watches the soldier. She smiles, just like his sister… Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training is complete, combat is a buzz; he’s part of a team, and knows his job. But on one particular tour of duty Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And when he returns home, the trouble really begins.” Leading mask theatre company Vamos present this excellent-sounding exploration of post traumatic stress in the military. Details here.

Gun | Vault Festival | 31 Jan-4 Feb
Our team up in Edinburgh have in the past very much loved shows by sketch troupe Clever Peter. Why is this relevant, you ask? Well, this one-man show is the work of one member of said sketch troupe, and that alone is enough to make me think this is worth seeing. It’s a multi-character western, and sounds promising: “A man is left for dead in the desert. But if you kill someone, you better make sure they’re dead – first rule of a murder, isn’t it?” Click here for more.

The Ungrateful Biped | White Bear Theatre | 30 Jan-17 Feb
Another one man performance, and this one’s probably a bit more serious. Performed and written by Philip Goodhew, it’s an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1864 novella ‘Notes From Underground’, and therefore I’d expect some fairly dark – but entirely compelling – content. Plus, this is the directorial debut of that nice Rupert Graves off the telly, who haunted my teens by being in the only three films on the bookshelf in the school common room. Anyway, head this way for info and to book.