Performance Picks on 12 May 2020

We have a real mix of great online performances this week - very varied but I hope something for everyone!

Jan Lennox
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

First up on Thursday is Fuel Theatre’s celebrated Barber Shop Chronicles, brought to you via the National Theatre At Home series. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops -sometimes having a hair cut, but always talking and listening. Barber shops are confession boxes, political platforms, a place to get informal advice and to keep in touch with the world.

This is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful play from the award-winning poet and writer, Inua Ellams.

See it on Thursday 14 May at 7.00pm and for 7 days after that.


Then on Friday, I’m recommending another show from the Sadlers Wells Digital Stage series which has been airing recordings of some of its greatest shows from the last few years. This week, they show Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s Moon Water. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre are one of Taiwan’s most established contemporary dance theatres, who blend ancient aesthetics into a contemporary style. Choreographer Lin Hwai-min’s piece is set to Bach’s Cello Suites and incorporates beautiful movement and reflections in water. A very calming show!

See Moon Water on Friday 15 May at 7.30pm on Sadlers Wells’ Facebook page HERE. It is also available for the following 7 days on Facebook and YouTube.

Moon Water by Cloud gate Dance Theatre

And lastly, I’m recommending The Way Out – this one is especially for Watermans’ Friday Night Live fans. Loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland, this is an extraordinary theatre show incorporating song, dance, spoken word, cabaret and acrobatics. Written and led by Omid Djalili, it takes the viewer on a journey round the nooks and crannies of Battersea Arts Centre. Go down the rebbit-hole with wonderful performers including Le Gateau Chocolat, Lucy McCormick, Botis Seva, The Cocoa Butter Club and others, all miraculously directed by Suri Krishnamma in a single-take film!

It’s on iPlayer until March 2021 so plenty of time! Watch it HERE.

The Way Out

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