What To Watch On Stage May 2023

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This month sees the opening of a new production of Orisun Productions’ critically acclaimed Play Fight at Pleasance Theatre, as well as Musical Once On This Island with Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.


Once On This Island Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

A musical story of love, grief, faith and hope, Once On This Island tells of peasant girl Ti Moune, a boy called Daniel, and a union that prejudice forbids. Against the heat of the Caribbean sun and destruction of tropical storms, can Ti Moune settle the wager of the Gods, and prove that love is more powerful than death?

Once On This Island runs from 10th May – 10th June at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre book tickets here.

Truth or Dare

Truth is five teasing plays to push your buttons. Secrets and lies when the lights are out. Do you want to hear it? Can you handle it?

Dare is five mischievous plays asking what makes you pop. Spin the bottle, risk it all. I’ll show you mind if you show me yours. Do you Dare to watch?

Truth or Dare runs at Theatr Clwyd from 3rd May – 13th May book tickets here.

Ballet Black: Pioneers Choreographed by Will Tuckett and Mthuthuzeli November

Will Tuckett’s  Then Or Now, originally created in 2020, blends classical ballet, music and the poetry of Adrienne Rich to ask the question: in times like these, where do we each belong? 

The second piece on the bill is devised by award-winning choreographer, Mthuthuzeli November.  NINA: By Whatever Means, is inspired by the artistry and activism of Nina Simone. November weaves a skilful picture of Simone’s turbulent and influential life to take us on an emotional and empowering journey.

Ballet Black: Pioneers plays 10th May – 20th May at Stratford East Theatre

Dismissed by Daniel Rusteau

Idealistic Ashley is in her second year of teaching at one of the lowest ranked secondary schools in London.

When she reports her favourite student brought a hunting knife onto school premises, she’s stunned by the sudden reaction of a bureaucratic head-teacher. Ashley is determined to save him from expulsion but quickly finds herself fighting a problematic system, apprehensive colleagues, and intimidating and unforgiving parents.

Dismissed runs from 16th May – 3rd Jun at Soho Theatre book tickets and find out more here.

Every Leaf A Hallelujah by Ben Okri

An enchanted world of extraordinary endangered trees. Performed on the theatre lawn and adapted by Chinonyerem Odimba.

Every Leaf A Hallelujah runs from 22nd May – 10th June at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre book tickets and find out more here.

Elvis Died Of Burgers by BLINK Dance

Take a seat at their table as the cast spill the tea on their food stories. Watch as BLINK deep dive into the events of Elvis, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, at the end of his life with their signature sensory and often bizarre tangents…Good Food Gospel anyone? Can they figure out the thin line between the humour and tragedy of overeating?

Elvis Died Of Burgers runs from 25th-26th May at Battersea Arts Centre here.

Play Fight by Christina Alagaratnam

Fifteen year old best friends Kai, TJ & Zara have been tight since, well, forever. Always together. Inseparable. But as they’ve grown older things have begun to change.

Why did life start to get so complicated? When did the world stop seeing them as children and start demanding that they behave according to some script written in stone and carved decades before their birth? And when did the weight of that stone start to crush them – slowly and imperceptibly at first, until they could hardly breath? Based on an idea by Shereener Browne and written by Christina Alagaratnam, PlayFight examines the corrosive way in which racism determines the direction young black lives take.

Play Fight runs at Pleasance Theatre from 29th & 30th may – 3rd June

Book tickets and find out more here.


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