Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Careless; Phoenix Dance; Singing Mermaid; Springboard; CPT

Friday, 25th March — By Lucy Popescu

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Best friends in Careless



Careless is at the Hope Theatre, 7.45pm, March 27-28. Emma Francois and Eva Tritschler’s play follows best friends Sam, a care assistant, and Bryony, a struggling actor. Their working days couldn’t be more different, but they manage to make time for one another. On the night of Bryony’s 25th birthday, they’re faced with truths neither of them can avoid. Will their friendship survive the night, or are they fighting a losing battle?

• To celebrate its 40th birthday, Phoenix Dance returns to the Peacock Theatre with an eclectic selection of work from its illustrious history. Part of “Well Seasoned”, Sadler’s Wells’ celebration of black dance artists, 40 Years of Phoenix features works by internationally acclaimed and award-winning choreographers. March 29-30.

Darkly comic Project Dictator

Project Dictator, devised by Rhum + Clay with Hamish MacDougall, in collaboration with international artists living under authoritarian regimes, is a darkly comic exploration of artistic expression and complicity. Performers Matt Wells and Julian Spooner are accompanied live by Syrian composer Khaled Kurbeh. New Diorama Theatre, March 29-April 30.


Little Angel show for 3 to 8-year-olds, The Singing Mermaid. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monk (adapted by Barb Jungr and Samantha Lane) is at Little Angel Theatre until April 24. We follow the singing mermaid as she is tempted away from her sea creature friends and peaceful home at Silversands to join a travelling circus. The poor mermaid has been tricked. Instead of the swimming pool she is promised, she is kept in a small tank by the wicked circus master Sam Sly, and longs to return to the freedom of the sea. Aimed at ages 3-8.

• Alan Flanagan’s The Silver Bell, part of the Springboard Festival at the King’s Head Theatre, explores the place of care in intimate relationships. When Mico loses the love of his life to motor neurone disease, he should begin the slow process of grieving. Instead, he punches a hole in the universe and travels to parallel worlds, in the hope of getting his husband back. Mico and James relate their story of life, death and trying to find decent sausage rolls in a universe that never invented Greggs. 7pm. Fruits, or The Decline of a Distant Memory is a neo-cabaret performance that looks at love from the perspective of first-generation migrants. Stuck in the midst of space and time, three entities are searching for meaning. Through a series of apparently disconnected vignettes, they morph into various shapes. 8.30pm. Ages 16+ Contains strong language, adult themes & graphic images. Both shows run March 29-April 2.

Salsa rhythms in Playing Latinx

Playing Latinx is at Camden People’s Theatre, 7.15pm, March 29-April 2. An actor from South America arrives in London and quickly realises he’ll be hired to play exotic characters – all funny accents and salsa rhythms – so he adapts. What lengths do we go to fit in? At what point does the stereotype take over?

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