What To Watch On Stage February 2022

This month’s selection of plays explores a selection of themes…

From gentrification to mental health, to the experience of Black queer women. Whether you want to see a family drama, like Talawa’s Running With Lions, or get involved in the epic Family Vogue Ball, TBB has your back this February…

A Number @ The Old Vic

Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play father and sons in Caryl Churchill’s gripping drama about what it costs to start again. Like every parent, Salter (played by Lennie James) makes mistakes – a number of them. Now 36 years later, his only child realises he’s not alone.

A Number plays at The Old Vic from 24th January-19th March.

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Running With Lions @ Lyric Hammersmith

Sian Carter’s first play, Running With Lions stars Bridgerton’s Ruby Barker alongside Suzette Llewllyn, Nickcolia King-N’da, Velile Tshabalala and Will Johnson in a family drama of love, loss and hope. Following the death of a loved one, a British-Caribbean family struggles to come to terms with their grief. Isolated by their generational beliefs and challenges to their faith and mental health, they live between the things they do and do not say.

Running With Lions is a co-production with Talawa Theatre Company that plays at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre from 10th February-12th March.

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Running With Lions – Lyric Hammersmith

The Collaboration @ The Young Vic

Starring Jeremy Pope and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, The Collaboration tells the story of the relationship between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. It’s New York, 1984, and while Warhol’s star is falling, Basquiat is the new wonder-kid taking the art world by storm. When Basquiat agrees to collaborate with Warhol on a new exhibition, it soon becomes the talk of the city and the two artists embark on an artistic and personal journey.

The Collaboration plays at The Young Vic from 16th February-2nd April.

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the collaboratioin – Young Vic

Queens of Sheba @ Soho Theatre

Loosely based on the DSTRKT nightspot incident of 2015, Queens of Sheba tells the hilarious, moving and uplifting stories of four passionate Black Women battling every-day misogynoir; where sexism meets racism.Queens of Sheba is written by Jessica L. Hagan, adapted by Ryan Calais Cameron and stars Elisha Robin, Eshe Asante, Kokoma Kwaku and Tosin Alabi.

Queens of Sheba plays at Soho Theatre from 7th-26th February.

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Queens of Sheba – Soho Theatree

Splintered @ Soho Theatre

Written and directed by Emily Aboud, Splintered is a form-breaking, joy-inducing cabaret that explores what it means to be Caribbean and queer. Based upon interviews with queer women from Trinidad & Tobago, join the three MCs as they take you through a queer whirlwind of sad truths, joyful lies and Caribbean history.

Splintered plays at Soho Theatre from 15th-26th February.

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Splintered – Soho Theatre

Here’s What She Said to Me by Utopia Theatre

Written by Oladipo Agboluaje and directed by Mojisola Elufowoju, Here’s What She Said to Me follows three generations of proud African women – Agbeke (played by Anni Domingo), Omotola (played by Oyin Orija) and Aramide (played by Lola May) – as they connect across two continents. Together they share their struggles, their joys, tragedies and broken dreams in order to find healing in the present. 

Here’s What She Said to Me tours the UK from 27th January-18th March. 

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Here’s What She Said To Me – Utopia Theatre

Family Vogue Ball @ Battersea Arts Centre

Four houses go head to head in an epic vogue ball for all the family. Part theatre show, part Harlem Ballroom: Glamour, Glitz and Grace come together in a fabulous celebration of self-expression. A performer from each house will catwalk, dance and lip sync to be crowned by the audience in an interactive event where the audience decides the winner. 

Family Vogue Ball plays at Battersea Arts Centre on 17th and 18th February.

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Family Vogue Ball – BAC

An Unfinished Man @ The Yard Theatre

A WhatsOnStage top pick of 2022, Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s newest play is set in an East London where juju exists, spirits battle, and the witches and wizards of Lagos chant loudly. The production stars Fode Simbo as Kayode, Teri Ann Bobb-Baxteer as Kikiope, Selina Jones as Itan, Mark Springer as Matanmi and Lucy Vandi as Layo.

An Unfinished Man plays at The Yard Theatre from 12th February-12th March.

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Red Pitch @ Bush Theatre

Written by Tyrell Williams and directed by Daniel Bailey, Red Pitch follows Omz, Bilal and Joey – three lifelong friends who dream of football stardom. But, beyond their football pitch, local shops are closing, old flats are being demolished and, as new flats shoot up, some residents are struggling to stay while others rush to leave. When a small football pitch has been a home from home, a place you’ve laughed, fought and forged friendships, what happens when it’s under threat? Alongside Sex Education’s Kedar Williams-Stirling, Red Pitch stars Francis Lovehall and Emeka Sesay.

Red Pitch plays at Bush Theatre from 16th February-26th March.

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Red Pitch – Bush Theatre

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