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Off-West End Announcements - 19 June 2009

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Blink … And You’ll Miss It
Why do some musicals run forever while others flop on their first outing? Blink!, at the Above the Stag Theatre from 14 July to 16 August, is a newly devised tribute to the shows that closed before you caught them, from Ragtime and The Scarlet Pimpernel to a musical version of Silence of the Lambs, which surprisingly never made it to opening night. Remember: even Chicago and La Cage Aux Folles failed on their first trips to London.

Kentish Town Is The Star
The Lion and Unicorn Theatre will play host to the world premiere of a new dance theatre show, Pop8, featuring video footage of a performance piece filmed in Kentish Town itself. Fame alumna Antonia Francheschi will lead the members of Ballet Black to music composed by Zoe Martlew, a recent judge on BBC’s Maestro. This first project from Giant Olive Theatre Company will run from July 21-31.

Shedding inhibitions in Tottenham
The Haringey Shed decamps to the Bernie Grant Arts Centre next Saturday (July 4) for Shed Stories, a one-off double bill featuring the talents of the Shed’s children and youth theatres. First up, The Shed Scouts Guide to Camping, an original piece of musical theatre featuring the younger participants, followed closely by The Show Must Go On, the true story of Walter Tull (the first black footballer to play for Spurs), which forms part of the Story of London Festival.


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