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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: King’s Cross SLAM festival; Camden People’s Theatre funding award; circus collective Compagnie XY

06 April, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

Untold Stories at SLAM in King’s Cross showcases new writing

• The second in a series of six two-day festivals showcasing the work of new playwrights will take place at SLAM in King’s Cross. Untold Stories is organised by theatre company Untold Arts, which focuses on telling stories, both past and present, that remain untold. It will take place at SLAM, 32 Cubitt Street. Seven plays will be performed each night and will explore subjects from immigration to loneliness to fidelity and the life of an ice cream seller. For more details and to book visit slam.org.uk

• Camden People’s Theatre has won £41,500 funding for a two-year scheme aimed at increasing the ethnic diversity of its audiences. With an award from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the programme will include commissioning of shows by artists from diverse backgrounds, and 12 artists will receive seed commissions of £750 plus support and rehearsal space to enable them to develop new work. The theatre will also work with Talawa, a black-led theatre company, to offer workshops to emerging black artists. The Barbican will also provide additional support for some of the commissioned artists.

• French circus collective Compagnie XY is returning to London for the first time in seven years to perform a new piece, It’s Not Yet Midnight, at the Roundhouse. The show features the 22-strong troupe’s extraordinary acrobatic skills, including the rarely-seen four-high human tower. With the tagline “alone we go faster; together we go further”, it is an exploration of unity, and what can be achieved if people work together. For more details call 0300 6789 222.

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