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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Inga; Voila! Europe; Enter the Dragons; Moma Golda; Dear Chocolate Soldier

02 November, 2018 — By Julie Tomlin

November 11: Dear Chocolate Soldier at the Hen & Chickens Theatre

• Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, Historia Theatre Company will perform its newest production, Dear Chocolate Soldier at the Hen & Chickens Theatre on November 11. Directed by Kenneth Michaels, and including poetry and songs from the period, it’s a story based on correspondence between “The Chocolate Soldier” Bombardier Edwin Hassall, Royal Artillery, and six-year-old Joan. For more details call 020 7837 8008.

• Written in 1928, Anatole Glebov’s Inga, set in a clothing factory that Inga must drag into the Soviet era, tackles questions still relevant today about ideals of womanhood, equality and “difference”. The Calder Bookshop Theatre in Waterloo will be staging Inga on Thursdays to Sundays from Nov 1-25 at 7pm. Details on 020 7620 2900.

• The annual festival that brings together British and European theatre makers, Voila! Europe, takes place at The Cockpit and the Etcetera Theatre, as well as Applecart Arts in Newham, from November 5-18. The festival, which began in 2012 as a French and English bilingual fringe festival at The Cockpit, expanded in 2017 in the wake of Brexit to include all European languages. This year the 12-day festival boasts 36 shows across its venues, as well as panel discussions and workshops. More details:

Enter The Dragons, a show that uses surrealist comedy to explore life beyond 50, is on at the Pleasance Theatre from November 6-10 as part of a national tour. Details on 020 7609 1800.

• The 93-year-old star Thelma Ruby will be appearing in Momma Golda, her renowned adaptation with Peter Frye of William Gibson’s Golda at the King’s Head. The story of Israel’s first and only female prime minister, is on November 3, 4, 11 and 12. Call 020 7226 8561.


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