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Three To See on 25 Jan: The Handan Dream, Syd and Sylvia, The Words Are Coming Now

By | Published on Thursday 18 January 2018

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

The Handan Dream | Hackney Empire | 25-27 Jan (pictured)
A production of one of China’s most famous and beloved dramas, Tang Xianzu’s ‘The Handan Dream’, which tells the story of the dejected Lu, who has failed to pass his important, potentially life-changing exams, and who falls asleep one evening and dreams of a life well lived. It’s performed in Mandarin with English surtitles, and promises to be visually arresting as well as dramatically compelling, see the venue website here for more.

Syd and Sylvia | Camden People’s Theatre | 25 Jan
“Eastbourne, 1987.  Infamous club owner/compere Syd and his long-suffering singer/entertainer wife Sylvia, have been performing the same old routines at their Working Men’s club for 15 years. However, after taking up an evening class in Women’s Studies, Sylvia has been taking liberties with some of the material, much to the disapproval of her abusive husband…” Another treat from Calm Down Dear, dealing with some really interesting themes, such as the idea (or fact) that society treats male anger as ‘to-be-taken-seriously’ but female anger as a joke or so-called hysteria. Click here for info.

The Words Are Coming Now | Theatre503 | 25-27 Jan
A series of pieces from Theatre503 Writers – Richard Bean, Chris Bush, Fergus Church, April de Angelis, Amy Bethan Evans, Kevin Forde, Dipika Guha, Patrick Russell, Elise Van Lil and Deidan Williams – on an important and very topical theme: the issues are consent, power and the new normal, in a world where a tangible shift in sexual politics seems (fingers crossed) to be occurring. Each performance to be followed by a post-show discussion, see this page here for details.

Photo: Ji Qiao

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