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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Playception; Hen & Chickens; Studs Terkel’s Working

05 September, 2019 — By Julie Tomlin

• A new production that tells the story of two women writing a play comes to the Hope Theatre from September 8-9. Playception looks into the mechanics behind theatre as two young women, Elise and Sirenna, begin to strike out on their own to do something they’ve never done before: put on a play. More details on 0333 666 3366.

• At the Hen and Chickens from September 4-8 is *a great big sigh*. Two strangers meet tied up and gagged in a dark basement. Armed with nothing but a few clues and each other’s company, they must work together to escape and rejoin their normal lives. A dark comedy and the latest from director Eifion Ap Cadno. Written by journalist and parliamentary sketch writer Lloyd Evans, Cherie: My Struggle transfers to the Hen & Chickens Theatre from the Edinburgh Festival on September 10 for five nights. Played by Mary Ryder, Cherie Blair spills the beans on the world of Westminster and No 10 during the New Labour years, holding forth on key figures such as Alistair Campbell, Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and Gordon Brown. Drawn from a number of sources, the one-woman show is also an intimate memoir of her journey from Liverpool to the centre of power and sets the record straight on some of the gossip about both her and her husband. More details on 020 7704 2001.

Working, a musical based on the novel by the late American author Studs Terkel comes to Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre from September 10-22. Adapted by award-winning Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, the musical uses Terkel’s interviews with a range of people from schoolteacher to millworker, waitress and mason, exploring how people search for meaning in the daily grind of their jobs and their hopes and aspirations. More details on 020 8340 3488.


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