Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Jury; Albion; theSpaceUK; Salomé; Puppet Picnic Festival
20 August, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu
Watch Albion on BBC iPlayer
THE Park Theatre is streaming Jury by Martin Murphy via its YouTube channel until September 2. Set during the Coronavirus pandemic, a beleaguered justice system trials a digital solution aimed at tackling their backlog of court cases. The jury log onto Zoom and have just 45 minutes to reach a verdict. A comedy-drama about the “new normal”, where the jury discuss the crucial details of when the complimentary sandwiches will be delivered and how to hide your lockdown G&T in a mug while tackling a difficult case. An inside look into the bedrooms, offices and living rooms where justice is being served. Free with donations to the Park Life Fund welcome. Visit: parktheatre.co.uk
THE Almeida’s acclaimed production of Albion by Mike Bartlett, starring Victoria Hamilton and directed by Rupert Goold, is available to watch on BBC iPlayer until September 15 as part of its Culture in Quarantine series. Set in the garden of an English country house, a woman intends to create a memorial to the son she recently lost in a foreign war. For further info about the production, including interviews with the creative team and a playlist visit: almeida.co.uk
theSpaceUK’s three-week festival features 80 shows, including dance, drama, cabaret and comedy, available online with live experiences on Saturday August 22 and 29 from 7-9pm. Online@theSpaceUK asked for work written or produced during lockdown. There’s an option to donate to the companies of each show. The festival includes Under Heaven’s Eyes, written and performed by Christopher Tajah, a 45-minute monologue exploring the killing of George Floyd and asking if his death marks a turning point for real change or another false dawn. Visit: www.theSpaceUK.com
COCKPIT Broadcast and Theatre Maker present a two-week digital run of Salomé (August 20 to September 4) based on Oscar Wilde’s play. Edifice Dance’s version of Salomé focuses on the shifting relationships of power between Salomé, King Herod and Jokanaan. Its themes of corruption, desire and divinity are explored through contemporary dance and Latin ballroom with live music and original score by Phillip O’Meara. Tickets: £7/concs £5. Audience members will be sent a link and instructions on how to view. Visit: thecockpit.org.uk/Salome
LITTLE Angel Theatre is hosting Puppet Picnic Festival in Islington Square from August 24-September 3. They’ll be reviving their production of David Walliams’s The Slightly Annoying Elephant, as well as welcoming visiting artists Seb Mayer, Smoking Apples and Judith Hope with their larger-than-life puppets. Picnics will be offered by local businesses Megan’s and Maggie and Rose, and free workshops are available alongside the ticketed shows. Safety measures will be in place including seating on separate blankets for each family group or bubble, temperature checks, a socially distanced queuing system and no cash transactions. Info and booking: https://bit.ly/2Dx4FHI / Tel 020 7226 1787 (Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm).