What To Watch On Stage August 2022

It’s August and the Edinburgh Fringe is back baby!

This month’s what to watch features TBB’s picks for theatre to catch in London and our top picks for shows to catch if you’re heading to Edinburgh this summer.

Anthem by Bush Theatre Young Company & Katie Greenall

The new production from the 18-25 Bush Young Company, ANTHEM invites you to join the best party you never went to. Full of music, dancing and glimpses of parties and protests and prayer, the private and the political come into a riotous conversation to beg the question, how do we pull ourselves and each other through the chaos and the calm? ANTHEM is about speaking truth to power, be it quietly or boisterously.

Anthem will be playing at the Bush Theatre from Monday 22nd– Saturday 27th August.

Book tickets and find out more here.

Alt B: Music and Spoken Word

ALT B is a vibrant and diverse series of banging events, from epic spoken word and poetry to the best in live music and DJ sets which pop up all over our building. August features performances by Pen-Ting, Deen & Dunya and Quiet Man.

Alt B: Music and Spoken Word plays at the Bush Theatre from Thursday 18th August-Thursday 15th December.

Book tickets and find out more here.

The Darkest Part of the Night by Zodwa Nyoni

As adults, siblings Shirley and Dwight remember their upbringing in 1980s Chapeltown Leeds differently. In the height of racial discrimination, police brutality and poverty, the struggle for survival ripped through their family. Dwight was discovering what it meant to be an autistic young Black boy in a world determined never to understand him. Shirley was trying to forge her own independence away from rigid expectations at school and home. Now as adults, they need to bring together the fractured pieces of their past in order to move forward. Nancy Medina directs the world premiere of Zodwa Nyoni’s gripping and heartfelt drama that explores the complexities and beauty of what it really means to care for one another.

The Darkest Part of the Night plays at the Kiln Theatre from Thursday 4th – Saturday 13th August.

Book tickets and find out more here.

Follow the Signs by Chris Fonseca and Harry Jardine

Chris is Deaf in a hearing world. Chris is Black on a racist island. No code. No imprint. No escape. But this is not a tragedy. This is a story of hope. This is a story about owning your identity. Soho Theatre stages the world premiere of Follow the Signs – a brand new piece of fully BSL-integrated hip-hop gig theatre. All performances will be in BSL, Spoken English, Rap and English Captions.

Follow the Signs plays at the Soho Theatre from Tuesday 23rd– Saturday 27th August.

Book tickets and find out more here.

An Encounter: Invoking the Spiritual and the Secular by SXWKS

Part of the ‘Summer: In the Black Fantastic’ season, the secular and the spiritual meet in music and performance, as SXWKS explores traditions of storytelling, folklore and performance in Black and diasporic communities.

An Encounter: Invoking the Spiritual and the Secular plays at the Southbank Centre on Saturday 20th August.

Book tickets and find out more here.

EDINBURGH FRINGE: Caste-ing by Nouveau Riche

Caste-ing explores the experiences of three black actresses using beatboxing, rap, song and spoken word. An entertaining and rhythmic showcase of the realities, structures and pressures of the acting industry, and how black women navigate these situations. We watch them as they attempt to maintain their sense of self, their faith, friendships and of course, careers. How can they remain true to their values in an industry seemingly intent on pitting them against each other? What do they do when the pressures become too much?

Caste-ing plays at Roundabout @ Summerhall Edinburgh from Wednesday 3rd– Sunday 28th August.

Book tickets and find out more here.

EDINBURGH FRINGE: Half-Empty Glasses by Dipo Baruwa-Etti @ Summer Hall

Toye is preparing for his piano exam to get into a prestigious music school. He’s doing it for the contacts, the opportunity, the love of art. But when he notices the lack of Black British history in his school’s curriculum, he begins to question himself and the world around him. Is this really his dream, or is he letting these institutions write his story? He starts offering his own school lessons on Black cultural icons, but he quickly discovers that maybe not everyone wants Black history to be celebrated…

Half-Empty Glasses plays at Roundabout @ Summerhall Edinburgh from Wednesday 3rd-Sunday 28th August.

Book tickets and find out more here.

EDINBURGH FRINGE: Silkworm by Vlad Butucea

Written by Vlad Butucea and directed by Mojisola Elufowoju, Silkworm tells the story of two women living in a Glasgow tower block, seeking asylum from the UK Home Office on the basis of their sexual orientation, and waiting to hear the result of their case. How do they prove their claim? A witty, intimate and intense study of two vulnerable, strong women as they seek the words to navigate their way through a savage system.

Silkworm plays at Edinburgh’s Assembly Roxy from Thursday 4th-Monday 29th August.

Book tickets and find out more here.

EDINBURGH FRINGE: My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored by Nana-Kofi Kufuor

15-year-old Reece is roughly accosted by the police outside M&S. His teacher Gillian watches as his face is pressed into the wet gravel with a policeman’s knee in his back, frozen out of fear for her own safety. The next day Reece locks them both in her classroom, refusing to relinquish the key. He wants her to pay – and to fully understand the pain that the irreversible breakdown of trust her inaction has caused. An urgent interrogation of racial identity by Nana-Kofi Kufuor, directed by Dermot Daly.

My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored plays at Edinburgh Summerhall from Wednesday 3rd– Sunday 28th August.

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EDINBURGH FRINGE: Bogeyman by Lagahoo Theatre

‘Our modern life was built on the backs of the oppressed – if they were to demand repayment, would you be afraid?’ In 1791, a voodoo ceremony begins the Haitian Revolution to end enslavement on the island. In the present, a man is haunted by ghosts in his city. From the creators of the highly acclaimed Splintered (***** (Guardian)) BOGEYMAN is a ghost story that playfully combines music, movement and history in the ultimate underdog story of resistance against the oppressor. Powerful, moving and ultimately uplifting, BOGEYMAN is a thrilling, genre-defying tale of hope, rebellion and connection.

Bogeyman plays at Pleasance’s QueenDome in Edinburgh from Thursday 4th-Monday 29th August.

Book tickets and find out more here.


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