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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Lovely Spread; Coronavirus; Améliore; Essentially Black; If We Ended This; At Home With Miss Angela Bra

29 July, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Essentially Black, part of Camden Fringe, is at The Water Rats

ONE of the first shows to open The Camden Fringe (August 2-29) is Lovely Spread at the Etcetera Theatre, 11.30am, Aug 2-5. Siblings Sam and Laura have reunited for their father’s funeral service at an old folks’ home.

Coronavirus – A Great British Farce by Mark Daniels satirises the British response to the pandemic and will be at the Hen and Chickens, 9pm, Aug 2-4.

• Améliore: A New Musical for the modern age, inverting traditional Broadway stereotypes and prioritising the black, queer, female voice will be Upstairs at the Gatehouse, 7.30pm, Aug 2-6

In Essentially Black by Naomi Denny, Jess and Lydia are students at a prestigious university. Jess is leading a campaign to get a statue of Cecil Rhodes removed from campus. Lydia is trying to decolonise the curriculum. The Water Rats, 7.15pm Aug 2-4.

If We Ended This by Chloë Lawrence-Taylor is a play about intimacy. A series of short vignettes performed by two actors, it draws on experiences of the past year. Camden People’s Theatre, 7pm, August 3-8

At Home With Miss Angela Bra is at the Rose and Crown in Kentish Town. A drag-infused comedy extravaganza, the audience are invited into the life of singer/songwriter, rising star of social media (and part-time primary school music teacher) Miss Angela Bra. 7pm, Aug 3-8.

Blud, a solo show of rap, poetry and prose, performed by Yan Toby-Amisi is on at the Hope Theatre. Hard-hitting storytelling about growing up black in the hood. 7pm, Aug 2-5.

• Two works in progress are at Aces and Eights in Fortress Road in Tufnell Park: In Homecoming, Olga Koch tries to figure out who the hell she is as an immigrant and certified teen drama queen. 8pm, Aug 2-5. In You’re Doing Amazing Sweetie Alice Cockayne promises 45 minutes of purely surreal entertainment. 6.30pm, Aug 6.

• Reopening Park Theatre on August 4 is Park Bench by Tori Allen-Martin, a drama that shifts from the small screen (Act 1 available until Aug 14) to live on stage (Act 2). After more than a year of distance from their situationship, it’s time for Liv and Theo to talk, so they reconnect online. What happened to being mates? Why did she just vanish? Will meeting up in person on “their” park bench reignite an old flame or finally put out the flickering embers of feelings?


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