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Off-West End Announcements – 31 July 2009

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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
Jean-Paul 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 Dancing, 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 Heroes 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 August.


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