What To Watch On Stage April 2021

Theatre is back! Well … almost …

While some might be desperate to return to theatre auditoriums ASAP, others might be excited by the continued opportunity to watch theatre from the safety and comfort of your sofa from anywhere in the world. 

This month features new writing curated by the Bush Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, and Royal Court Theatre – including a piece by Rocks’ very own Bukky Bakray – as well as a live-streamed performance from The Old Vic. Read on to find out more…

2036 by Devon Muller, QianEr Jin, and Latekid

Responding to the question “What will theatre be like in 2036?” comes three exhilarating showcases that use design as a starting point for the stories they want to tell. The three shows include Devon Muller’s Pawn, a spoken word performance exploring race and identity that makes use of innovative lighting design; QianEr Jin’s One Day, an immersive film that explores life through the eyes of a mayfly and Latekid’s LimBo, a conceptual music performance video which interrogates the ‘self’, racial identity and the anomalies of life

2036 will be available to watch on-demand from anywhere in the world from 22nd-29th April. Book tickets and find out more here.

Latekid (Darius McFarlane) in ‘LimBo’ at the Bush Theatre. Photography by Johnny Fonseca

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

With an all-star cast, including Fisayo Akinade (Banana, Cucumber, Tofu) as Mercutio, David Judge (Hollyoaks) as Tybalt, Adrian Lester (Hymn, The Almeida) as Prince and Lucian Msamati (Gangs of London) as Friar Laurence, this National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s tragedy was filmed in the backstage spaces of the theatre during England’s national lockdown.

Romeo and Juliet will be aired on Sky Arts on Thursday 8th April at 10pm. It is also available to watch online at any time with a NOW TV entertainment pass or Sky subscription. Find out more here.

The Lorax by David Greig and Charlie Fink

Written 50 years ago, The Lorax tells the story of a creature that desperately battles to save his beloved Truffula trees and the whole of Paradise Valley from the go-getting Once-ler. It is a story that is enchanting and empowering for young and older audiences alike with its central message of protecting the planet. The cast includes Chanelle Anthony (Wicked: The Musical, Apollo Victoria Theatre), Aretha Ayeh (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), and Melanie La Barrie (& Juliet, Shaftesbury Theatre).

The Lorax will be streamed live from The Old Vic stage across the globe from 14-17th April. Book tickets and find out more here.

Half Breed by Natasha Marshall

Filmed in 2020 at London’s Soho Theatre, Half Breed tells the story of Jazmin, a young woman who lives in a small village in the west country with a burning desire to escape its small-minded atmosphere and move to the city to become an actress. Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award in 2016, the play is a semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age drama about finding your voice.

Now available to watch on BBC iPlayer for the next 11 months. Find out more here.

Tales from the Front Line… and other stories by Talawa

A project that began in November 2020, Tales from the Front Line…and other stories documents the contribution of Black workers at the front line of the Covid-19 crisis, using verbatim interviews to create a lasting historical record. Episodes 1 to 4 explores the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on a teacher, an NHS recovery worker, a train dispatch worker, and a supermarket assistant. Episodes 5 and 6 will be released later this month.

All episodes are available to watch until the end of April. Find out more here.

The Motherhood Project by Anya Reiss, Hannah Khalil, Lemn Sissay MBE, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Suhayla El-Bushra and Irenosen Okojie

Part of Battersea Arts Centre’s Wild Times 2021 programme, The Motherhood Project is a series of fifteen short films that explore the guilt, joy, absurdity, pressure and taboo surrounding motherhood, offering a fascinating cross-section of perspectives. The aim of the project, curated by Katherine Kotz, is to support vulnerable women and children affected by the pandemic and all ticket sales include a 50% donation to Refuge.

Available to stream any time between the 19th-25th April. Find out more here.

Living Newspaper: Edition 4 by Various including Bukky Bakray, Nathaniel Martello-White and Rachel Nwokoro

Since December 2020, the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper has brought the stories that matter to writers to audiences in the form of a newspaper. This fourth edition includes Train by Bukky Bakray (Rocks), UNCLE AGZ’ by Nathaniel Martello-White (Blackta, Torn), and Signs from the Divine by Annie Siddons and Rachel Nwokoro (Little Baby Jesus, The Orange Tree).

Living Newspaper: Edition 4 will be available to watch from 5th-18th April. Book tickets and find out more here.


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