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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: It Snows; Camden Roar; Feast from the East; Gainsborough’s Girls

02 May, 2019 — By Julie Tomlin

UNDER-19s get in free to It Snows, a play performed by Camden Youth Theatre about how dull city lives are magically transformed when one day the snow comes. It’s an opportunity to see the work of a theatre company set up to help young people to hone their talents and learn from top professionals. Written by Bryony Lavery, Steven Hoggett and Scott Graham, and performed at the New Vic in 2016, It Snows is on at the New Diorama Theatre from May 5-6 and at the Camden People’s Theatre from May 12-13. More details: New Diorama: 020 7383 9034, Camden People’s Theatre: www.cptheatre.co.uk

• Also at the Camden People’s Theatre for three weeks from May 7, The Camden Roar festival focuses on the lives and stories of local people. Part of the theatre’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the festival will be headlined by Human Jam, a new docu-theatre piece conceived by artistic director Brian Logan looking at the biggest exhumation of graves in European history as a result of HS2 works. See www.cptheatre.co.uk

• The Feast from the East festival will blow through the Tristan Bates Theatre from May 7-18. Showcasing the best short plays that East Anglia has to offer, eight pieces created by a variety of playwrights will be featured each night. Created by INK theatre, the festival underlines the importance of looking beyond London in the search for outstanding theatre. More details on 0203 841 6611.

Set in London in 1774 when Thomas Gainsborough moved his family to London to make a living by painting society portraits, Gainsborough’s Girls was written by Cecil Beaton as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations of 1951. It is at the Tower Theatre Company until May 11. More details on 020 7353 1700.

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