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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Almeida podcasts; Gravity Fatigue; Cockpit Broadcast; This House; The Hunting of the Snark

29 May, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

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THE Almeida has launched a series of podcasts with artists familiar to fans of the theatre. Artistic director Rupert Goold talks to Matt Smith, Noma Dumezweni and Tobias Menzies about their careers, the impact of the coronavirus lockdown and what they miss most about theatre. This week, Rupert talks to writer Beth Steel whose play The House of Shades was due to go into rehearsals at the Almeida just as the lockdown hit. She talks about her unconventional route to becoming a writer and the need for theatre to have more working-class voices. New episodes will be released every week. As a registered charity, the Almeida needs support to continue. Any donation, large or small, makes a huge difference. Visit:

SADLER’S Wells Digital Stage is streaming Hussein Chalayan’s Gravity Fatigue from Friday. An internationally renowned fashion designer and visual artist, Chalayan’s first theatrical work combines the visual creativity of his artistic concepts with contemporary dance. The production explores themes of identity and displacement, and the disconnection experienced in public spaces at moments of transition. Gravity Fatigue is realised in partnership with award-winning choreographer Damien Jalet, Yeast Culture’s Nick Hillel, sound illustrators Mode-F and lighting designer Natasha Chivers. Until June 5. Visit:

THE Cockpit Theatre has launched Cockpit Broadcast and will feature live, accessible, interactive content, performances, Q&As, music, classes, readings, scratch nights and good, old-fashioned chats. Watch this space for theatre news. Or Visit:

NATIONAL Theatre at Home is streaming James Graham’s This House, a bittersweet insight into the workings of British politics. It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung Parliament. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation. Until June 4. Visit:

RGM Productions and Alice House Theatre in association with Moya Productions presents The Hunting of the Snark online via YouTube. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem, this inventive adaptation was originally filmed live at The Southbank Centre. The voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in this musical comedy adventure for viewers aged 4+. Visit:


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