What To Watch On Stage May 2022

This month features an eclectic mix of content.

From dance performances by Ballet Black and Mele Broomes to one-person plays by Cheryl May Ndione, Chantelle Dusette, Cal-I Jonel and Tatenda Shamiso, there are plenty of hot tickets to get booking…

Ballet Black: Double Bill @ Theatre Royal Stratford East

This double-bill features, firstly, a piece for the full company by acclaimed South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma, featuring an original score by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante. Up next is a ballet directed by Ballet Black’s Founder and Artistic Director Cassa Pancho which, through a series of vignettes, explores the struggles and inspiration behind the formation of Ballet Black twenty years ago.

The Ballet Black: Double Bill will play at Theatre Royal Stratford East from Wednesday 11th-Saturday 21st May.

Book tickets and find out more here.

House of Ife @ Bush Theatre

In the wake of the sudden death of their eldest son, Ife, one family is forced to confront the traumas they’ve long tried to bury. As the sun beats down on their North London flat, and the head of the family arrives from Ethiopia for the funeral, tensions rise, cultures clash and past betrayals are unearthed. A tense and captivating story of what it means to belong, and what happens when a family’s secrets shake its foundations. This explosive drama by Ethiopian-British writer Beru Tessema is a new Bush commission directed by Artistic Director, Lynette Linton.  

House of Ife plays at the Bush theatre from Wednesday 4th May – Saturday 11th June.

Book tickets and find out more here.

Grin @ Battersea Arts Centre

A performance of sound, visuals and choreography which subverts hyper-sexualised notions of African and Caribbean dance, Grin is a masquerade of dance sculptures where body and costume are accompanied by a pulsating sound score. Conversation around community building, refusals, friendship and support grounds the development of this dynamic dance production, which both holds and is held by a cohort of friends at its core. With a significant focus on black love and other experiences of interiority, this show is essential in considering how we can build empathy and reconstitute networks of solidarity.

Grin plays at the Battersea Arts Centre from Wednesday 18th– Friday 27th May.

Book tickets and find out more here.

For the Love of a Primary Care Giver @ Brixton House Theatre

Written by Cheryl May Ndione and performed by Princess Donnough, For the Love of a Primary Care Giver is a revealing one-woman show that explores a toxic bond between a mother and daughter and deals with themes of belonging, self-esteem, and learned behaviour. The play follows Rosemary who is about to do a speech aatt her mother’s wedding, but is not quite sure how to hit the right note as the relationship between Rosemary and her mother has been… less-than-rosy. As latent thoughts and feelings bubble to the surface we realise, maybe the apple hasn’t fallen very far from the tree. 

For the Love of a Primary Care Giver plays at Brixton House Theatre from Tuesday 3rd-Thursday 5th May. It is part of the Housemates Festival, which allows you to book tickets for two shows for only £15.

Book tickets and find out more here.

Scandaltown @ Lyric Hammersmith

Rachel O’Riordan directs Mike Bartlett’s new play, which is written in the style of a Restoration comedy as a response to the “restoration” of theatres after the Covid-19 pandemic. The play follows noble heroine Miss Phoebe Virtue as she receives worrisome news on Instagram that her twin brother Jack may be endangering his reputation in London Town. Phoebe decides she must visit herself, and investigate. Starring Cecilia Appiah aa Phoebe Virtue and Matthew Broome as Jack Virtue, this hilarious and irreverent new comedy uncovers a decadent world of sex, hypocrisy, parties and power.

Scandaltown plays at the Lyric Hammersmith from Friday 8th April to Saturday 14th May.

Book tickets and find out more here.

Dolly @ Park Theatre

Written and performed by Chantelle Dusette, Dolly uses spoken word and movement to examine how childhood trauma manifests itself into adulthood. We meet WOMAN, who has visible third-degree burns, as she unpacks how she navigates all her relationships with COUNSELLOR. During therapy sessions WOMAN is forced to revisit her childhood and in particular, her relationship with her estranged mother.  With her 40th birthday fast approaching, WOMAN’S desire to work out how this has affected her comes into sharp focus as she considers becoming a parent herself. Dolly supports The Katie Piper Foundation.

Dolly plays at the Park Theatre from Monday 23rd-Saturday 28th May.

Book tickets and find out more here.

No More Mr Nice Guy @ Camden People’s Theatre

No More Mr Nice Guy chronicles the life of Keloughn Douglas, a British-Caribbean Music Teacher caught in a love cube: his aspiration for senior leadership; his passion to become a successful musician, and his desire to marry the woman of his dreams. As he struggles to balance work-and-play whilst side-stepping the microaggressions of the day, Keloughn’s worlds collide and he soon finds himself desperately clinging to his sanity whilst life unravels. Using a skilful blend of storytelling, movement, rap, RnB and an interplay of sound effects, we are swiftly immersed inside the mind of our protagonist

No More Mr Nice Guy plays at Camden People’s Theatre from Tuesday 17th-Saturday 21st May.

Book tickets and find out more here.

No ID @ Theatre Peckham

Part of the Peckham Fringe, No ID tells the story of a transgender immigrant in the UK.  From colossal tasks in the healthcare sector to tiny troubles at the post office, Tatenda searches for valid proof of the joyful life he lives, proof which is hard to find in our current system. Tender, wacky and a bit surreal, Tatenda uses the music he wrote throughout his first year on testosterone to show us what it takes to validate Black and queer identities in the eyes of the law. 

No ID plays at Theatre Peckham from Wednesday 4th-Saturday 7th May.

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The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs @ Soho Theatre

It’s 2022. There’s a rainbow flag in every high street window, and no lesbian bar. Enter The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs: a lesbian choir on a mission to unite a disparate and dwindling community. Led by a world-weary conductor, the choir flirt, gossip and attempt to sing their way onto the main stage at Pride. But harmony is more easily dreamt than realised in this heart-warming and musical Soho comedy about love, queerness, and belonging.

The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs plays at Soho Theatre from Friday 6th May-Saturday 11th June.

Book tickets and find out more here.

Til Death Do Us Part @ Theatre503

The debut play of Safaa Benson- Effiom, Til Death Do Us Part follows Daniel and Sylvia who, after 15 years of marriage, find themselves drifting further apart with each passing day. Until one morning, they find themselves abruptly united by every parent’s worst nightmare… The shoes have been polished, the vases are full and the phone is ringing off the hook, but there’s one thing they’re still missing… answers. Forced into a confrontation, years of resentment and things long left unsaid rise to the surface as they question the circumstances that brought them to this point, and what happens to your relationship when the only thing holding you together, threatens to tear you apart.

Til Death Do Us Part plays at Theatre503 from Tuesday 3rd-Saturday 21st May.

Book tickets and find out more here.


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