Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

From Manhattan to Waterloo…

From Manhattan to Waterloo…

Shida has been a run-away success in the USA, and now Jeannette Bayardelle brings her astonishingly powerful performance in this one-woman show to London for just five weeks.  So, if you want to catch it, you’ll have to be quick. Rough times in the Bronx are brought to life with music from a number of musical styles – gospel, rock, broadway. Catchy in the best way! We talk to director Andy Sandberg about what made him transfer the show to the Vaults in London.

Kate Bodell is a children’s author and illustrator. Originally from Scotland Kate lived in Hong Kong, Spain and Thailand before moving to London and making her home in Southfields, Wandsworth. Kate’s picture books filled with distinctive bright and bold illustrations feature quirky characters, such as Bumbelinda the terrible fairy who likes to bumble and grumble along. Over a cup of tea, she talked to us about the sources of inspiration for her books that involve fairies who like to break the mould.

Fresh from a triumphant Edinburgh run, we are very lucky indeed to have the play A Partnership now playing on our doorstep at Theatre503 in Battersea. Can two men in modern-day London have a long-lasting, monogamous relationship? A Partnership, a relationship comedy-drama featuring two men, has no angels, no AIDS and no other characters – it looks into the changing face of homophobia, as partners Ally and Zach are forced to have a conversation nine years in the making, and finally make a decision about their future. In real-time over an hour, on the eve of Ally’s 30th birthday, he and Zach question whether we can – or should – be ‘normal,’ as internalised homophobia casts a silent shadow over their relationship.

From the award-winning Anna Jordan (Killing Eve, Succession), written between the Brexit vote and Trump’s Presidential victory, We Anchor in Hope captures a moment of deep uncertainty in recent history and the characters’ lives when local pub, The Anchor, closes for good. Chaos is in the air, and yet life goes on. For the duration of the play’s run The Bunker Theatre will become The Anchor – transformed into a functioning pub with post-show events including pub quizzes, karaoke nights and music. Chris Sonnex the Artistic Director at the Bunker tells us what got him interested in this play.

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September 24th, 2019

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