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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Little Angel’s latest; Ibsen’s Wild Duck; Sunnymead Court; An Evening with an Immigrant

18 September, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Inua Ellams, An Evening with an Immigrant at the Bridge Theatre

Little Angel Theatre’s latest digital offering is Toby Olié puppet retelling of Ross Collins’s picture book, There’s a Bear on my Chair. Mouse employs several hilarious antics to remove an unwitting polar bear from his favourite chair. Olié’s adaptation comes ahead of the hotly anticipated sequel, There’s a Mouse in my House, this autumn and follows on from Olie’s adaptation of What Does an Anteater Eat? Available online until November 1. Visit:

The Acting Gymnasium continues its mini-series of European plays at Theatro Technis. Their next production is Henrik Ibsen’s tragicomedy The Wild Duck, exploring love, betrayal, and the pursuit of truth. It’s on at the theatre in Mornington Crescent from September 21-27 with 45 tickets available per performance. Visit:

Emma Lawrence’s Sunnymead Court, directed by James Hillier, comes to the Tristan Bates Theatre from September 22-October 3. It will be performed indoors with social distancing in line with latest government guidance. Two tower blocks face each other. Two women are looking for something more. From her balcony, Marie blasts out the same tune, every day at 11am while Stella tends to her red geraniums bursting with colour and life. After a chance encounter in a hailstorm, they embark on a relationship conducted from the safety of their balconies. But after a flurry of miscommunication, they have to find the courage to make it work in an ever-changing world. Tickets: £12/£15 (singles) / £24/£30 (pairs) Visit:

Bread and Circuses – an opera in two acts and a wrestling show – is part of Tête à Tête’s Opera Festival at the Cockpit Theatre. Described as a mash-up between World Wrestling Entertainment, verismo opera, and 90s-style videogaming, the show explores “Kayfabe” – when we choose to accept the staged rivalries and relationships between wrestlers as real. Music direction is by Mark Johnson, score by Liam Wade, and libretto by Charles Ogilvie. There is a live performance at the Cockpit at 8pm on Sunday, September 20, and a live broadcast on Thursday, September 24 at 8pm. Age range: 13 +. Tickets: £1 plus voluntary donation. Available online for 28 days. Visit:

Inua Ellams and Fuel’s An Evening with an Immigrant is on the Bridge Theatre for nine performances from September 18-October 15. Born in Nigeria to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered Boko Haram territory, poet and playwright Ellams arrived in England in 1996, aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London. Interweaving poems, stories and anecdotes, Ellams tells his fantastic and poignant immigrant story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, while living without a country or place to call home. For tickets visit:


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