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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: The Great Gatsby; Where We Are; Quarter Life Crisis

01 October, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

The Great Gatsby

IMMERSIVE Everywhere’s production of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal tale of the Roaring Twenties, The Great Gatsby, created and directed by Alexander Wright, is set to re-open at West End venue IMMERSIVE | LDN on Thursday. Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook have re-imagined and re-set the world of bootleg liquor and jazz age self-indulgence as a Covid-secure Art Deco Masquerade Ball, with audience members wearing compulsory face coverings to complement their attire. Starring Craig Hamilton, Lucinda Turner and James Lawrence. Book tickets via

FEATURED as part of Camden People Theatre’s curated programme of the best new digital work by favourite artists, Stand and Be Counted’s documentary film Where We Are is an urgent portrayal of life in the UK for many migrants and sanctuary seekers. Tafadzwa Muchenje successfully appealed a Home Office decision to deport him but remains in limbo. He reveals the impact an admin error had on his life and how he, his friends and family continue to fight injustice. Where We Are is available to view from 7pm on Thursday. For further info visit:

AT the Bridge Theatre, Yolanda Mercy’s Quarter Life Crisis is on for a limited run from October 7-17. Alicia doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life. Even though she’s a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the ends. Everyone seems to know where they’re going in life, but she’s just trying to find ways to cheat growing up. Visit:

C-O-N-T-A-C-T, an immersive outdoor performance featuring 3D sound, is playing until November 22. St. Paul’s has been added to the list of locations (Tower Bridge, Greenwich and Clapham Common). Sarah is approached by a stranger. Dive into her mind in this immersive show and experience theatre like never before. Audiences download the audio from the app which synchronises the spectators and actors. This is a 50-minute outdoor promenade experience for small groups of up to 15 and audience members are required to wear a face covering and observe social distancing. The audio experience involves no direct speaking from the actors. The reduction of social gatherings to six doesn’t affect performances of C-O-N-T-A-C-T, which complies with the safety and hygiene measures for the performing arts. Visit:

AKRAM Khan Company, renowned for its innovative dance productions, will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sunday. To mark the anniversary the company will present a live streamed programme of work celebrating its 20-year history. The Silent Burn Project will combine storytelling with personal experiences from the multiple voices and talents who have contributed to the company’s work over the last two decades. All the content, including dance and music short films, panel discussions and documentaries, has been produced and created exclusively for the milestone. To access from noon on Sunday visit


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