What To Watch On Stage June 2021

As the long-awaited British summer finally arrives, theatres are also reopening with re-runs of award-winning sell-out plays…

Like Jasmine Lee-Jones’ seven methods of killing kylie jenner, as well as new plays, such as Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s The Sun, The Moon and The Stars and Roy Williams’ Go Girl. If you’re not yet ready to return to the theatre, don’t worry – this month’s theatre round-up also includes shows, such as Home? and salt: dispersed which can be watched from the comfort of your home… 

Home? Curated by Noma Dumezweni | Available to watch online from 14th-20th June.

Home? is a series of world premiere monologues curated by actor and refugee-child Noma Dumezweni which celebrate and recognise those who have sought safety from their homes, their place within our collective community and the journey that it took to get there. Part of the Old Vic’s online programme, Home? brings together global voices, stories and experiences to mark Refugee Week 2021 (14th-20th June) across three new commissions, created in collaboration with refugee artists.

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The Sun, The Moon and The Stars by Dipo Baruwa-Etti | Theatre Royal Stratford East 2nd-19th June.

Femi is visited by her brother’s ghost. He takes her into the past, revealing the final moments before his murder. But with a lack of evidence and eyewitnesses considered unreliable, Femi is determined to set things right herself. Directed by Nadia Fall and starring Kibong Tanji, Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s new play The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars explores trauma, rage and the extent one young woman will go to in her quest for justice.

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seven methods of killing kylie jenner by Jasmine Lee-Jones | Royal Court Theatre 16th June – 27th July.

Jasmine Lee-Jones’ debut play, seven methods of killing kylie jenner won multiple awards, including the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and the Alfred Fagon Award, and performances sold out in the original 2019 run. This June the play, which explores cultural appropriation, queerness, friendship and the ownership of black bodies online and in real life returns for a limited 6 week run – so make sure you snap up tickets before they go!

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

For Shakie, an 18-year-old super-savvy wheeler-dealer, 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?

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and breathe… by Yomi Sode | Almeida Theatre from 16th June – 10th July.

Starring David Jonsson (Industry, BBC 2) and directed by Miranda Cromwell (Death of a Salesman, Young Vic), and breathe… centres on the loss of a beloved matriarch and explores family relationships, bonding and culture. This deeply personal and poetic play tackles the unspoken, between what we leave unsaid to protect each other and how we internalise the world.

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Constellations by Nick Payne | Donmar Warehouse from 18th June – 12th September.

A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbeque. They hit it off, or perhaps they don’t. They go home together, or maybe they go their separate ways. In the multiverse, with every possible future ahead of them, a love of honey could make all the difference. This Donmar Warehouse production of Nick Payne’s beautiful and heart breaking romance sees four different casts take turns to journey through the multiverse and the infinite possibilities of a relationship – including Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah (18th June – 1st August) and Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey (30th July – 11th September).

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salt: dispersed by Selina Thompson | Available to watch online from 22nd-27th June.

In Feb 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past. salt: dispersed is the premiere of artist Selina Thompson’s film adaptation of her award winning show about grief, Black British identity and colonialism in a powerful and intimate screen experience.

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Go Girl by Roy Williams | Lyric Hammersmith Theatre from 18th June – 24th July.

Starring Ayesha Antoine, Go Girl follows Donna, a security guard at Westfield and mother to a teenage daughter, who sees her life as unremarkable. Why have things not turned out how she pictured when she was a young girl, inspired by the words of Michelle Obama? The hope and excitement she once felt has now become isolation and judgement of the choices she has made. Until one night Donna gets a call from her daughter that makes her rethink her entire life. As their bravery and humanity is tested, Donna realises just how remarkable they both truly are. Go Girl is a celebration of Black women, everyday heroism and female resilience.

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How I Learned To Swim by Somebody Jones | Jermyn Street Theatre from 1st-10th June.

Directed by Khadifa Wong and starring Merryl Ansah, How I Learned To Swim follows Jamie, who wants to start swimming lessons – this is not unusual, except for the fact that she just turned thirty. Attempting to find closure after her brother’s disappearance, she decides it’s time to face her fear. This coming-of-adulthood story explores Black people’s relationship to water, whilst finally answering the question: are there really sharks in the deep end of the pool?

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Skin Hunger by Ann Akin, Tim Crouch and Sonia Hughes | 15th-27th June.

Skin Hunger is a powerful live theatre experience set in a hidden chapel in London’s West End reflecting on intimacy and connection, after so many of us have been starved of human contact. Daphna Attias directs three compelling monologues written by Ann Akin, Tim Crouch and Sonia Hughes which involve three intimate, one-on-one experiences with three performers swathed in plastic and explore the fundamental role that touch plays in our lives, with refreshing humour and insight.

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