What to Watch On Stage May 2021

May’s theatre round-up sees the conclusion of Talawa Theatre Company’s Tales from the Front Line and the Royal Court Theatre’s Living Newspaper –

Make sure you catch the entire series while they’re still available online! Theatres are also reopening with a performance of Alfred Fagon’s The Death of a Black Man being staged at the Hampstead Theatre and Ola Rotimi’s The Gods Are Not to Blame being performed for one night only at the Almeida Theatre. Read on for ticketing links to snap up those seats before they sell out…

Tales from the Front Line, Part 6: Breathe – Watch via Talawa Theatre Company’s YouTube Channel.

Directed by Talawa’s New Work Producer, Ifrah Ismail, the final film is something entirely different altogether: it is inspired by how the testimonies collected highlighted self-care and resilience-building as a key to surviving and growing in modern Britain. With writing, choreography, music, and performance by singer, actress, and theatre-maker Chisara Agor who is an alumnus of Talawa’s annual summer school TYPT, you have a moment to breathe and ground yourself.

Find out more here.

The Living Newspaper, Edition 7 – available to watch via Royal Court Theatre 26th April – 9th May

This final edition of The Living Newspaper features writing by Blessing Adetunji, Tyreke Leslie, Naomi Lundie-Smith, Renell Shaw and stars Kemi Awoderu, Sam Crerar, Tyrone Huntley, and Jemima Mayala. It explores the fear of 21 June, a world where the stars talk in Morse code, the difference between people online and IRL, the effects of class on love, and what it means to say goodbye to those friends you only have for the summer.

Book tickets and find out more here.

Crave by Sarah Kane – live-streamed on 18th May, and will be available to watch on demand from 19th – 29th May.

First live-streamed from the Royal Court Theatre in November 2020 and starring Alfred Enoch, Crave follows four characters searching for the light in a damaged world. This heart-rending, funny, kind, and cruel meditation on the meaning of love resonated with audiences looking to reconnect after the loneliness and seclusion inflicted by a global pandemic. This film is a new edit of the live stream, with remastered sound and incorporating new footage from filmmaker Ravi Deepres.

Find out more and book tickets here.

The Death of a Black Man by Alfred Fagon – Hampstead Theatre from 28th May – 10th July.

It’s 1973 and the West Indies have spectacularly beaten England at their own game, in their own backyard. Shakie, an 18-year-old super-savvy wheeler-dealer, is in his element – and not just because of the cricket.

Life is good: his furniture business is making serious money and he owns a flat on the King’s Road, the epicentre of everything that’s cool. Moreover, his best friend Stumpie has come up with a plan to crack the booming music industry together – the possibilities are endless so when Shakie’s ex-lover Jackie arrives at the Chelsea flat, the trio toast the future.

The champagne is flowing and ambition is running sky high – but how far will they go, and who will they sacrifice, in their quest to be rich beyond their wildest dreams?

Book tickets and find out more here.

A Dark Mind by Dami Adeyeye – Streaming online on 13th May.

Directed and produced by Dami Adeyeye, A Dark Mind is a documentary about mental health in the Black community which seeks to remove the taboo, challenge stigmas and initiate change.

This online event, facilitated by the Southbank Centre, includes a screening of A Dark Mind followed by a conversation between Adeyeye and Natalie Creary, Program Director for Lambeth-based mental health charity Black Thrive. To end the evening, a mental health practitioner and the film’s score composer, Cephas Azariah, run a short meditative session for all audience members.

Book tickets and find out more here.

The Gods Are Not to Blame by Ola Rotimi – Almeida Theatre on 26th May.

Part of the Almeida Theatre’s ‘Six Artists in Search of a Play’ season, Ebenezer Bamgboye presents Ola Rotimi’s The Gods Are Not to Blame. Inspired by Sophocles’ Oedipus RexThe Gods Are Not To Blame follows Nigerian king Odewale on a rousing journey to discover what is bringing such bad luck to the people of his kingdom, only to find that the answer lies close to home.

Considered an allegory of colonialism, Ola Rotimi’s play was first staged in Nigeria at the Festival of the Arts in 1968 and awarded first prize in the African Arts/Arts d’Afrique playwriting contest in 1969.

Book tickets and find out more here.

Gone Too Far! by Bola Agbaje – Streaming online from 22nd May – 27th May.

Part of Guildhall School’s Summer 2021 Drama productions, Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning play follows two brothers from different continents as they go down the street to buy a pint of milk and end up lifting the lid on a disunited nation: a world where everyone wants to be an individual but no one wants to stand out from the crowd, and where respect is always demanded but rarely freely given. 

Winner of the 2019 JMK Young Director award, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu directs this comic, vibrant and perceptive exploration of identity and culture by Bola Agbaje, described as “an iconic dramatist for an entire generation of young playwrights” by Simon Stephens.

Find out more here.


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