Spoken Word Theatre ThisWeek In London

Three To See on 20 Nov: The Enchanted Woodland, Show Me The Money and How To Die Of A Broken Heart, Flowering Cherry

By | Published on Friday 13 November 2015


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

The Enchanted Woodland | Syon Park | 20 Nov-6 Dec (pictured)
Oh yeah. Yeah. Now this is exactly the sort of shizzle I need to get me through dark days. Delightful light displays adorning the trees and gardens of Syon Park and stopping me from being all miserable because it’s so bloody grim and dreary. What a pity this is happening in Brentford, for a short period, and not in my back garden, for the whole winter. That said, I’m prepared to make the special trip, and I expect you will be too. I have never been to this particular event, but I’ve been to very similar ones elsewhere and they were entirely satisfying, so I expect no less of this. Info and how to get tickets from right about here.

Show Me The Money and How To Die Of A Broken Heart | Battersea Arts Centre | 20-21 Nov
These two pieces are part of BAC’s Scratch strand, which, as you might expect, allows artists to test out their ideas on audiences whilst their work is in development. The themes of these two performances caught my attention – Paula Varjak’s ‘Show Me The Money’ examines the relationship those working in the creative world have with money, and the financial precariousness they often live with, while Femi Martin’s ‘How To Die Of A Broken Heart’ explores the highs and lows of loving someone with personal anecdotes and a bit of neuroscience. More info and how to book your pay-what-you-can ticket from here.

Flowering Cherry by Robert Bolt | Finborough Theatre | 17 Nov-20 Dec
Oscar winning playwright Robert Bolt’s ‘Flowering Cherry’ wasn’t overly well received, I discovered, back in 1957, but that seems mostly to have been because folks thought it was too much like ‘Death Of A Salesman’. But, you know, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad play (one could even regard it as a recommendation), and I would really like to see this revival, the first London production of it in fifty years. It’s about a man who dreams of escaping the rat race, and the effect those dreams have on his present life. See this page here for more info and to book.