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Three To Stream 14-20 Jul: NextUp Comedy Festival, Theatre Things To Watch, Miscellaneous Cultural Events

By | Published on Friday 10 July 2020


Maisie Adam | 15 Jul
Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the live-via-Zoom NextUp Comedy Festival that has been bringing great comedians to your home every night since the start of the month. Let’s tip some of the acts appearing this week starting with Maisie Adam, who – as Fringe comedy fans will be very well aware – won an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination with her debut Edinburgh show and also has a So You Think You’re Funny competition win behind her.

Tiff Stevenson | 19 Jul
And from a relative newcomer to a veteran much loved by all of us here at TW Towers. I frankly don’t always agree with opinions offered by The Times, but I definitely do agree with their assessment of Tiff Stevenson as referred to in the blurb on the NextUp site: “In 2015 The Times picked Tiff as one of their top ten comics to watch at the Fringe: ‘a hugely accomplished and enjoyably provocative comedian'”.

Sindhu Vee | 20 Jul
One last comedian for you, and look, I have gone for another woman. Perhaps it’s because I am a woman that I so much enjoy the comedic work of women, but maybe it’s just because they are all really good. Anyway, you can’t have failed to have heard of Sindhu Vee, what with her popping up on panel shows and whatnot, so I imagine I don’t have to impress on you how great she is.

Watch all three of these shows by going to this link here and buying a pass for the full festival, or, if you’d like to buy individual tickets, see the full line up here.


Birdsong online | Original Theatre |16-19 Jul
Original Theatre originally toured their staging of Sebastian Faulks ‘Birdsong’ – adapted by Rachel Wagstaff – from 2013 to 2015. But they recently created a digital version for theatre lovers to partake of whilst all the venues are closed. It uses video technology, live performance, sound design and music, and is very clever. And you can view it for a short period this week. See this page here for more.

Amadeus | National Theatre At Home | 16-23 Jul
You know, we haven’t been falling over ourselves to talk about the National’s stuff during lockdown, because they get lots of attention and coverage anyway, but I thought ‘Amadeus’ deserved a heads up on account of my being such a big fan of ‘Amadeus’. This production stars the excellent Lucian Msamati with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Head this way to find out more.

What The Butler Saw | Curve Theatre
Another classic play for you, Joe Orton’s ‘What The Butler Saw’, in an archive recording from 2017 filmed at Leicester’s Curve Theatre. This co-production with Theatre Royal Bath, starring Rufus Hound, was performed 50 years after the death of the celebrated Leicester playwright. I’m sure you know it’s got fairly adult themes and language, so do keep the kids out of the room when you watch. Click here.


Coronavirus And Populism: Is This The End Of The Nationalist Uprising? | Conway Hall | 16 Jul
“Populist right-wing governments have fared particularly badly during the COVID pandemic. Trump’s America, Johnson’s Britain and Bolsonaro’s Brazil have been some of the worst affected countries during the emergency”. Ian Dunt, editor of, takes a look at the post-coronavirus world and whether nationalism is on its way out. See this page here.

Girma Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé | King’s Place | 15 Jul
One for music fans now, an online concert from much-celebrated Ethiopian singer and pianist Girma Bèyènè, backed by the French Ethio-jazz band Akalé Wubé. In this recording from the Songlines Encounters Festival in 2019, he revisits some of his greatest hits. See the venue website here for info and a trailer.

Drowntown Lockdown | Rhiannon Faith Company
Just last week we spoke to the brilliant Rhiannon Faith about a short film she had made as a prologue to her new live show ‘Drowntown’, performances of which were cancelled because of COVID and will now take place next year. Anyway, the film premiered last week and you missed the live stream. But you can still see it via the Barbican website here.

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