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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: The Twits; Talking Heads; The Tempest; Wordsworth; Brick Lane

04 September, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Lesley Manville in Bridge Theatre’s Talking Heads

THE Unicorn Theatre is launching a reading of one of Roald Dahl’s best-loved books about a most despicable couple, The Twits, the clever Muggle-Wump and the magnificent Roly-Poly Bird. Performed by storytellers Martina Laird and Zubin Varla, this unabridged reading is reimagined by director Ned Bennett and promises to be gleeful, gunge-filled digital storytelling aimed at children aged 6-12. The Twits will be released for free on Saturday at 10am and streamed on the Unicorn’s YouTube channel and The Guardian’s website. The story is split into three 20-minute episodes but will be released all at once. Visit:

THE first of the Bridge’s Theatre’s Talking Heads by Alan Bennett opens with a double bill directed by Nicholas Hytner from September 7 to 22. In The Shrine, starring Monica Dolan, Lorna visits the spot where her husband Clifford’s motorbike crashed, hoping for some closure. They had a tranquil, happy marriage. But one day she finds someone else has left some flowers on the site she has turned into a shrine. In Bed Among the Lentils, starring Lesley Manville, Susan is alone most of the day in the vicarage. Her life revolves around the church, her husband and his fan club of flower-arranging parishioners. Shopping one night at a local grocery, she discovers what life has to offer through its beautiful young proprietor. Visit:

A HEADS-UP for Light of London’s socially distanced production of The Tempest at Finsbury Circus City Garden, EC2M 3.30 pm and 6pm on Saturday, September 12. Shakespeare’s tale of tyranny and transformation, family feuds and forgiveness is brought to life in the superb surroundings of Finsbury Circus City Garden in this premiere using original trimmed down text and spatially adapted to the times. (The show lasts approx one hour and 15 minutes without an interval.) Strictly ticketed only. Visit:

FOR something completely different, the British Library has developed six podcasts that journey across continents, along rivers, through forests, and into the heart of London to explore what nature meant to the poet William Wordsworth and what it means to us today. On this audio voyage into all things Wordsworth, various writers, poets, naturalists and musicians explore the role that family, friendship and collaboration played in the poet’s life, the power of walking, and the idea of childhood and imagination that Wordsworth and other Romantics held in such high esteem. Visit:

WE Are Shadows: Brick Lane is an immersive smartphone adventure on foot taking place on Fridays and Saturdays until October 2. Join Tamasha artist Afsana Begum and her collaborators from community theatre company Rightful Place, as they guide you around the real Brick Lane – from Bengali laskars to Satanic wedding guests, local wrestlers to the street’s most successful family.Visit:


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