Spoken Word Theatre ThisWeek In London

Three To See on 1 Nov: Sweet Like Chocolate Boy, Chekhov’s First Play, Mirabel

By | Published on Thursday 25 October 2018

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

Sweet Like Chocolate Boy | Jack Studio Theatre | 30 Oct-17 Nov (pictured)
Award-winning theatre-maker Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu is the creative behind this intriguing sounding show. “Mars is a street-smart, enthusiastic, lyrically-saturated man on-the-edge about to propose to the girl of his dreams in present-day London. Bounty is a very quiet boy in a very loud Borough paddling through the 90s with this new politically charged Black identity swirling around him. As the worlds of Mars and Bounty collide, can they find their place in these times or will they get chewed, swallowed and digested by it?” Info right about here.

Chekhov’s First Play | Battersea Arts Centre | 31 Oct-10 Nov
As the blurb points out, this is not your ordinary Chekhov play. “During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov, Anton’s sister, placed many of her late brother’s manuscripts and papers in a safety deposit box in Moscow. In 1921 Soviet scholars opened the box and discovered a play. The title page was missing. The play they found has too many characters, too many themes, too much action. All in all, it’s generally dismissed as unstageable. Like life.” See the venue website here for details.

Mirabel | Ovalhouse | 31 Oct-17 Nov
“Eight-year-old Mirabel wakes up after the end of the world to find herself alone, except for her old faithful Bear. Everyone else appears to be gone. And so, Mirabel and Bear set out on a journey across the new desert to find an adult to take care of everything. On the way, they’ll acquire a ragged gang of fellow travellers, including a visionary red-eyed dog, and an injured pilot who insists he’s not the grown-up they’re looking for.” Sounds a bit like it might be for kids, but it’s not, it’s for people over the age of fourteen, a sad strange fairytale from the excellent Chris Goode about “what happens when you refuse to accept that you’re lost”. See this page here for more.