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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Dancing at Dusk; When; Les Blancs; The Quest

02 July, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Gloria Biachi and Serge Arthur Dodoc in Dancing at Dusk

THIS week Sadler’s Wells, Pina Bausch Foundation and École des Sables are presenting online Dancing at Dusk – a moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring, danced on the beach in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal. Filmed pre-lockdown, it captures the final rehearsal of a specially assembled company of 38 dancers from 14 African countries, and documents a unique moment in their preparations for an international tour. Watch on-demand for £5. Proceeds will help support the artists, the production and Sadler’s Wells. Available until July 31. Visit:

LITTLE Angel Theatre is streaming When until September 30. One little bear shares his hopes and dreams. Determined to explore the world yet stay true to himself, he heads off in search of adventure. This adaptation of Emma Dodd‘s picture book has been created by Pinwheel Theatre. Little Angel’s online shows are free, but donations appreciated. Visit:

MYTH: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus, a rock musical that originated at the Cockpit Theatre is available online. A modern retelling of the ancient Greek tale of Orpheus and the underworld, Myth looks at mental illness and addiction in the music industry. Addiction destroyed the lives of some of music’s brightest stars including Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. Featuring music, book and lyrics by Sam Cassidy and directed by Arlene Phillips, this show is available to stream on demand. Visit: YouTube

NATIONAL Theatre at Home is streaming Les Blancs, the final play by Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun) until July 9. An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm. Yaël Farber directs. Visit:

PART of Cockpit Broadcast, The Quest is a participatory audio play. Ever wanted to go to the moon, become a spy or an inventor? Then join the screen-free fun. Using everyday props, this imaginative audio play offers you a chance to join in with activities to become part of the story. Each 10-minute episode looks at the life of a real character and their adventure. It is a great way to become immersed in a story and experience a sense of travel from home. Produced and presented by What’s Coming Out of The Box, with original sound and music, The Quest was written especially for 5- to 10-year olds. Visit:

THE Old Vic is one of the first theatres to experiment with socially distanced performances. Its filmed production of Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, is already sold out. It will be followed by a series of rehearsed play-readings streamed online. Each performance will be available for up to 1,000 people. Tickets from £10-£65. Visit:


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