Theatre News

Off-West End Announcements – 31 July 2009

New End Takes Positives from the Negative

The plight of missing children will take centre stage
in a challenging premiere at the New End Theatre in September (15 Sep – 11 Oct).
Negative Space by Rachel Sternberg and Jemma Wayne is the
story of 11-year-old Callie, whose family are still tormented by guilt and
grief ten years after her disappearance. An estimated 100,000 children go
missing every year in the UK and with Lawless Heart director
Tom Hunsinger on board, this play looks set to reignite debate on the issue.

Hamming It Up at The Cock Tavern

“What’s your preferred method of mass murder? Natural
disasters or genocide? “ Such are the questions posed by Paul Ham’s controversial
comedy-drama We Go Wandering at Night, which transfers to The Cock Tavern in Kilburn from 10-15 August after a June run at Barons Court
Theatre. Exploring the distorted ethics, morals and politics of
modern religion, the play is the first production from Define Choice, a company
of recent ArtsEd graduates committed to writing, directing and performing their
own work. 25% of all profits will go to Amnesty International.

Autumn Tour for New afterView Revue

The love
that dare not speak its name gets a voice – in song – as Proud
to Say I Love You
, a new musical revue from afterView theatre
company, gears up to tour four intimate London venues this autumn. The Archangel in
Kensington (13 Sep), the Village in Soho (11 Oct), the Battersea Barge (18 Oct)
and Victoria’s Above the Stag (25 Oct) will all play host to this joyously
camp selection of tunes, new and old, sung by four experienced West End performers and celebrating love in all its varied forms.

Spicy No
Way Out
at the Southwark Playhouse

Sartre’s classic No Way Out (Huis Clos) gets infused with an
Argentinian flavour when a new version debuts at the Southwark Playhouse next
month (18 Aug – 12 Sep). Director Luke Kernaghan has teamed up with
choreographer Kele Baker, Tango coordinator on BBC’s Strictly Come
, to bring a fresh twist to the classic black comedy. Miguel
Oyarzun, a regular at London’s Latin American Theatre Festival, leads a dynamic
three-strong cast.

And Finally … Something for the Summer Hols.

If you missed Chickenshed’s new trio of children’s
shows this week, fear not. You have a second chance to catch them with three
performances a day from 4-7 August. The One and Only Double Bill
Trilogy Quartet
caters for 4-
to 8-year olds with new super heroes in a super new tale, while Tales
entertains the under 4s with a smorgasbord of colour, music and
fun. And don’t miss Groovy Garden Shed , a mix of performances
and workshops that takes over the entire Chickenshed space on Saturday 8