THURSDAY 3 AUGUST 2017 THISWEEKCULTURE.COM
  Hello there. Welcome to this week's TW Weekly with our latest features from the Edinburgh Festival plus our guide to the cultural week ahead in London.

The Edinburgh Festival is up and running, which means our ThreeWeeks Edinburgh readers are now getting a daily helping of updates from us in their inbox via the TW Daily. If you're a ThisWeek London reader but you'd like to get those updates too, you can sign up for the extra TW Daily bulletin here.

In this edition of the TW Weekly you will find three more interviews from the Edinburgh Festival. Chris chats to Kally Lloyd-Jones about her dance production 'Lady Macbeth' and Rosie Wilby about her new show 'The Conscious Uncoupling' - the former on the website and the latter via the TW:TALKS podcast.

Plus the brilliant Joey Page answers our Quick Quiz about his Edinburgh Fringe memories - a regular feature this year to mark the Edinburgh Festival's 70th anniversary.

If you are in Edinburgh, don't forget to pick up the Preview Edition of the TW Magazine packed with all my Three To See show recommendations. Or, if you're not in town, you can access all of those on the website too via this page.

For the Londoners out there, there's plenty of great stuff happening in London this week too and you'll find my Three To See for each day of the coming week below.

Have a great week,

Caro Moses
Editor, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh and ThisWeek London
TW:TALKS WITH ROSIE WILBY
With Edinburgh Festival 2017 up and running, we TW:TALK with Rosie Wilby about her new show 'The Conscious Uncoupling', which completes a trilogy of shows about relationships. Wilby explains how her music career led to comedy, talks us through her Edinburgh Fringe experiences to date, and tells us all about her new book.

CLICK HERE to tune in to this edition of TW:TALKS - going live later today!

Rosie Wilby performs 'The Conscious Uncoupling' at Edinburgh Festival 2017 at Laughing Horse @ The Counting House until 27 Aug, plus 'The Breakup Monologues' also at Laughing Horse @ The Counting House from 4-12 Aug.
KALLY LLOYD-JONES: LADY MACBETH
We last checked in with dance company Company Chordelia in 2015 when they presented their show 'Nijinsky's Last Jump'. This year they return with a fascinating piece exploring the character and story of Lady Macbeth. Three men take on the role in the show, which also incorporates British Sign Language into the choreography, giving BSL practitioners an alternative perspective.

I spoke to the company's Artistic Director Kally Lloyd-Jones about her new production, what drew her to the character of Lady Macbeth, and her tie-up with co-producer Solar Bear on the BSL element of the show. Read the interview here.

Company Chordelia's 'Lady Macbeth' is on at Edinburgh Festival 2017 at Dancebase until 27 Aug.
QUICK QUIZ WITH JOEY PAGE
This August the Edinburgh Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we have asked a plethora of performers about their personal Fringe experiences. Today TW favourite Joey Page.

CLICK HERE to read Joey Page's answers to the Quick Quiz.

Joey Page is performing 'Pretty Boy' at Edinburgh Festival 2017 at Laughing Horse @ The Counting House until 28 Aug.


FRIDAY 4 AUGUST 2017 >>

Out Of Options | The Bunker Theatre | 4-5 Aug
This is a trilogy of three separate works which follow the lives of two boys who are becoming men, and the tragedy and loss that affects them as they grow up in a world full of brutality, inanity, protest, and love. Not sure quite what genre this would fall into, but I think I would call it "theatrical dance": expect something energetic and moving. See this page here for info.

Making Waves – A Song Cycle | Hen & Chickens | 4-7 Aug
Our latest pick from the ongoing and lovely Camden Fringe is this, a new song cycle that its creators claim everyone can relate to, because it's a theatrical version of life which aims to express the thoughts and feelings of ordinary people. Promises to "pull at your heart-strings and make you laugh 'til you cry", so that sounds nice. Click here for more.

Not I (Preview) | Battersea Arts Centre | 4-5 Aug (pictured)
Yep, this is a preview, but it's the sort of preview you will absolutely be happy to see because it's tried and tested material – Samuel Beckett's short play – but performed by the excellent Jess Thom – who I am sure you will remember from the award-winning 'Backstage In Biscuit Land' – in a theatrical offering that explores neurodiversity. See the venue website here for details.


SATURDAY 5 AUGUST 2017 >>

Bump | Tristan Bates Theatre | 31 Jul-5 Aug
"Eliana and Ian appear to move in harmony. Watch their happiness and struggles at close range in an intimate setting. Become a part of their lives as their innermost thoughts are shared directly with you, even in their private moments. Are they on the same wavelength or at odds? Words overlap, intertwine and tangle throughout this quickly propelled story". A new comedy that promises twists, turns and surprises, on as part of the good old Camden Fringe. See this page here for info.

Titus Andronicus 2.0 | New Diorama | 4-5 Aug
Not your average 'Titus Andronicus', this; originally created in Hong Kong in 2009, this production features a bare stage, seven chairs, and seven actor-narrators who switch between telling the story and assuming the roles of characters. The first night's sold out already, which isn't altogether surprising, so hurry along and get your tickets booked now, at this location right about here.

Sid & Viv | Theatre503 | 30 Aug-23 Sep (pictured)
"Everyone says Sid and Viv's house is dangerous, weird and a bit freaky. So why does Dunney think it feels like home?" Possibly because his own home – in Britain's second worst town to live in, 1992 – doesn't. Established actor Philip Correia's debut play is about lost kids, with nowhere to go, coming of age in an uncertain world, click here for details.


SUNDAY 6 AUGUST 2017 >>

Cotton | Hen & Chickens | 6-8 Aug
Today's choice from the Camden Fringe is this, a new play with a very contemporary theme: "When their team disbands after a devastating loss, three professional gamers are thrown back into a life that never made sense to them. They've got to make it in the real world – but how much of a 'real world' is there left for them?" See the venue website here for info.

Dear Home Office – Still Pending | The Bunker Theatre | 6-7 Aug
At last year's Edinburgh Festival we saw 'Dear Home Office', in which eight unaccompanied minors, all in the process of applying asylum in the UK, told the story of Tariq, an amalgam of their collective experiences. This is Phosphorus Theatre's follow up, this time featuring a larger cast, and new stories of slightly older young men. For details see this page here.

Opera Mouse | Arcola Theatre | 6 Aug (pictured)
Someone else we first discovered via the Fringe is Melanie Gall, who does lovely operatic things for children, and has performed this show in venues all around the world. 'Opera Mouse', which is on as part of Arcola's Grimeborne season, is a fabulous introduction for kids to the world of opera, and I expect most adults will enjoy it too. Click here for more.


MONDAY 7 AUGUST 2017 >>

Beautiful Little Fools | The Cockpit | 7-8 Aug (pictured)
"Three girls are taken by the government and trapped in a room underground; their only contact to the outside world is through the media broadcasts we hear today. With no memory of where they are or who they were before, they are unaware that they are the experiment. This experiment has an aim: to re-condition the human mind to hate and adhere to the governments demands". Another Camden Fringe offering that looks amazing, see this page here for more.

Just A Few Words | Theatre N16 | 6-7 Aug
This show was nominated for a coveted Total Theatre award back in 2015 when it appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe, so you can rest assured that this will be a quality piece of work. It takes a comical look at the somewhat awkward task of expression, being a one man play inviting you into the mind of a man with a stammer. Click here for details.

Continuity | Finborough Theatre | 30 Jul-15 Aug SMT
The story of a dissident Irish Republican, who begins to doubt his commitment to the cause after meeting and falling in love with a woman from Barcelona, and subsequently messing up three jobs in a row. This debut play from writer Gerry Moynihan examines whether such outside factors can really weaken someone's resolve quite so significantly, and has already won a fair amount of praise. Head this way for info.


TUESDAY 8 AUGUST 2017 >>

After Juliet | Upstairs At The Gatehouse | 8-10 Aug
A production of Sharman MacDonald's 1999 play exploring what might have happened following the events of 'Romeo and Juliet', centring on Romeo's former crush Rosaline, and concerning the fortunes of the post-tragedy Montagues and Capulets. Part of the Camden Fringe, see this page here for more.

Olympilads | Theatre N16 | 8-26 Aug (pictured)
"Darren's convinced he's going to beat Usain Bolt in the Men's 100m Finals. Abigail won't stop applying varnish to her fingernails. Simeon just wants to make sure his brother and sister are both eating right". Andrew Maddock's play, directed by Niall Phillips, explores the relationship between two brothers and their estranged sister, and is set during the 2012 Olympic Games. Click here for info.

Catastrophists | White Bear Theatre | 8-26 Aug
This new play by Jack Stanley sounds fun, a darkly comic play about a couple on holiday – Raf and Harry- who manage to get into an immediate altercation with their temporary neighbours, who just so happen to be part of an apocalyptic survivalist cult living in a nearby field. The pair invite said neighbours round for dinner, with interesting results... see the venue website here for details.


WEDNESDAY 9 AUGUST 2017 >>

Dangling | Southwark Playhouse | 9-26 Aug (pictured)
This sounds quite dark, but that's kind of necessary when you're dealing with the kind of significant themes this play addresses. It's about two girls, one who has gone missing, another who is being driven to despair, and explores themes of sexual and domestic abuse. For more information and to book, see the venue website here.

A Lost Art | The Bunker Theatre | 9-12 Aug
"Grab a pen and glimpse into a personal world of love and loss through the Lost Art of letters. Three dancers and a beautiful soundtrack will remind you of the beauty of the handwritten word. We can't wait for you to come and add a letter to our collection". Well, I'm seduced by that invitation, aren't you? Click here for more.

Re: Production | Etcetera Theatre | 9-13 Aug
I think a lot of contemporary women feel pretty sure that "having it all" is a myth, especially when the men can't/won't pull their weight. But my angry ranting aside, here's a show about whether or not you might actually want it all. A scientist on the cusp of a new IVF discovery faces difficult decisions regarding her own fertility in this show that explores parenthood and where self-worth is found, presented by the acclaimed White Slate Theatre. Another part of Camden Fringe, head this way for details.


THURSDAY 10 AUGUST 2017 >>

Thea-Skot That Loving Feeling | The Bill Murray | 10&17 Aug (pictured)
The excellent character comedian Alison Thea-Skot heads to the Bill Murray with another show with an amusing play on her surname as a title. Well, you know how much we appreciate that sort of thing, even when the show is a work in progress, which this is. Expect good things, however much 'in progress' it happens to be. Part of Camden Fringe, see this page here.

Kiki's Delivery Service | Southwark Playhouse | 10 Aug-3 Sep
Hurrah, this fab adaptation of the book by bestselling and award winning book by Japanese author Eiko Kadono returns to Southwark Playhouse for four weeks only, which is fab for those of you looking for some family theatre to punctuate the holidays. If you've not come across it before (though you probably have, via the Ghibli version) then it's a great coming of age story and very much worth your time. See this page here for info.

Coming Clean | King's Head Theatre | 25 Jul-26 Aug
"Tony and Greg seem to have love all figured out. They're in a committed relationship, but with room for a little sex-on-the-side whenever it takes their fancy. Their only rule? Never sleep with the same man twice. When drop-dead gorgeous cleaner Robert walks into their lives, the fragile foundations of their sexual contract are thrown into jeopardy". The late Kevin Elyot's 1982 play 'Coming Clean' gets a 35th anniversary run as part of King's Head Theatre's 2017 Queer season. Head this way for details.
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