MONDAY 10 JUNE 2024 THISWEEKCULTURE.COM
DOMINIQUE LAVINE WOOD-WHYTE: THE TRIALS AND PASSIONS OF UNFAMOUS WOMEN
We are always interested in the work of Clean Break, and their latest show 'The Trials And Passions Of Unfamous Women' - beginning its run this week at Brixton House as part of LIFT - is no exception. 

It has been created by Clean Break member artists - women with experience of the criminal justice system or at risk of entering it - in partnership with boundary-breaking Brazilian theatre artists Janaina Leite and Lara Duarte, who are known for their documentary approach, with acclaimed creative Rachel Valentine Smith as dramaturg. 

It's a devised piece that looks at the experiences of women who have been labelled transgressive throughout time. I spoke to member artist Dominique Lavine Wood-Whyte about her role in creating and performing in the play.

CLICK HERE to read this Caro Meets interview.

'The Trials And Passions Of Unfamous Women' is on at Brixton House from 14-22 Jun. For more information and to book tickets head to the venue website here


Shows to see in the week ahead - including performances from people and companies we first discovered at the Edinburgh Festival.


FESTIVAL STUFF>>

Black Is The Colour Of My Voice | Stratford East | 11-15 Jun (pictured)
Yay, it must be summer because of all the festivals. Or something. But in any case, here we are. And, as often is the case, I have one show that kind of only fits into the festival category because we first knew and loved it at the old edfringe. And on this occasion I thought I would lead with it, not least because it is a brilliant piece: Apphia Campbell's acclaimed musical play inspired by the life of singer and activist Nina Simone. Book here. Now.

Out Of The Shadows | Omnibus Theatre | 16 Jun
OK, all the other festival picks are on at actual festivals, so you can all rest easy. Next, we head to the LGBT+ celebrating 96 Festival, where much good stuff is coming up, but this one jumped out at me. The work of a contemporary classical composer - Robert Hugill - featuring two cantatas that "take us from the twilight world of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century homosexual to a desperate search for eternal life". Click here.

L'Homme Rare | Southbank Centre | 12-13 Jun
This week's Q&A is about a show that's on as part of LIFT - the London International Festival Of Theatre - but I thought we might also pick another show from it to go in our weekly tips. This is one for all the dance lovers out there, a piece by Nadia Beugré that blurs perceptions of gender, as male dancers perform using dance styles and techniques that are generally considered feminine. For more information and to book head to the venue website here.


MORE FESTIVAL STUFF>>

Perverse Verse | The Exhibit | 13 Jun
Yes, lots of festival stuff. We're headed over to Wandsworth Fringe for a bit now and first up we are going to join Liz Bentley at Perverse Verse, a spoken word event featuring guests such as Rachel Pantechnicon and Rosie Wilby. Incidentally, Wilby is the producer of this, and a number of other Wandsworth Fringe shows, so you should see all those too: Kate MartinBoyz NiteVix LeytonAda CampeJen Ives and James Barr. Yay.

Poetic Unity presents Echoes Of Tomorrow | Roundhouse | 16 Jun (pictured)
And speaking of spoken word, we're off to another festival and this time it's the one that's basically all spoken word. Yes, The Last Word. Gosh. What a lot of occasions to use the word word. Anyway, this is a popular festival, so you need to make sure you book tickets for anything there ASAP, and one thing I would recommend is this night from Brixton-based charity Poetic Unity featuring Blaize, Binta Yade, Selorm Adonu and Chidera. Click here.

With Nail And Without Nail | Camden People's Theatre | 13-14 Jun
Final festival visit for the week and this time it's to the excellent Camden Roar. As someone who was at one time a bit obsessed with the film in question, and also a bit of an angry feminist, this modern, feminist reimagining of Bruce Robinson's 1987 Brit flick 'Withnail & I' was bound to pique my interest. It's a dark comedy about the realities of being a creative in today's economy, and this time there's no Uncle Monty to help them. More here.


MUSICAL STUFF>>

The Sorcerer | Wilton's Music Hall | 11-15 Jun
Hey, folk who love a show involving music, here are a trio of shows all involving music. This one is a production of a rarely performed Gilbert & Sullivan opera, 'The Sorcerer', and it's by a very favourite company of ours, Charles Court Opera, who are renowned for their smaller-venue stagings and, of course, their yearly boutique pantomimes. It's about a man obsessed with the idea that everyone should fall in love, who tries to bring that about. More here.

The Pink List | King's Head | 16 Jun (pictured)
"1957 West Germany. The battle against the Nazis ended twelve years ago, but the war against injustice rages on. Karl, a gay concentration camp survivor, stands trial for the 'crime' of loving another man". This is a one-person musical inspired by what happened to gay men in postwar Germany, shedding light on their struggle for recognition and the lack of acknowledgement of their suffering. Work in progress, details here.

Longitude | Upstairs At The Gatehouse | 13 Jun-7 Jul
World premiere for this one, and it sounds fascinating, focused on the clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer, a long sought solution for the problem of calculating longitude at sea. It's a true story of obsession, betrayal and injustice that promises "crashing waves, swelling music and an emotional storm". I'm sold, bet you are too: head to the venue website here to find out more.


SHORT STOPS>>

Will BF: Moon Team IIIV | Etcetera Theatre | 15 Jun (pictured)
Right, short stops, don't blink and miss them. One of our reviewers saw a different show from Will BF at edfringe last year and absolutely loved it, using phrases like "devilishly intelligent", "always comical and engaging" and "a live mockumentary is something I never realised I needed". Anyway, I think you can expect something similarly surreal and hilarious here. See this page for more.

The Illustrious Reign Of King Louis XIX (In Its Entirety) | The Space | 11-15 Jun
Ah, you know me, I can't resist historical stuff, and this is about such an interesting event, I'm surprised I haven't seen it done before. Back in 1830, during the second Bourbon restoration in France, King Charles X abdicated, and his son Louis became king for literally 20 minutes. And that's what this witty, farcical show is about. "If you had 20 minutes to create the most illustrious reign in history, what would you do?" Ha. Click here.

Afghanistan Is Not Funny | OSO Arts Centre | 13-15 Jun
Henry Naylor, writer of a number of plays set in Afghanistan, is the star of this show, in which he tells the true story of his 2002 trip to the war-torn country. A trip which involved "a close-shave with a landmine" and being "menaced by a warlord and abducted by the Mujahideen". It's been to the Edinburgh Fringe, and everywhere else, and is really very highly acclaimed so book soon. Head to this page here for details.


LONGER RUNS>>

My Father's Fable | Bush Theatre | 15 Jun-27 Jul
And finally to some of those longer runs, all of which deserve your attention sooner or later. 'My Father's Fable' is a story of grief, belonging and a family on the edge from Alfred Fagon Award winner Faith Omole. "Peace didn't know what she needed when her father died. Then she found Bolu, her half-brother from Nigeria she didn't know existed. But questions about this stranger's intentions and his mysterious past hang heavy in the air". Click here.

Some Demon | Arcola Theatre | 14 Jun-6 Jul (pictured)
"Sam's eighteen and her life's about to start. Zoe's forty-something and hers never did. They don't have much in common. Just a love of 80s new wave and an illness that wants them dead. Thrown together in an eating disorder unit, their most intimate secrets exposed, they form a complicated bond". This is the Papatango Prize winning debut from Laura Waldron, which promises to be witty, authentic and compassionate. Info here.

Kafka | Finborough Theatre | 11 Jun-6 Jul
Jack Klaff, past recipient of one of our ThreeWeeks Editors' Awards, heads to Finborough Theatre this week with a revival of his one man show about Franz Kafka, the first such revival since 1994, which is happening to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the death of the renowned writer. As it's been thirty years since Klaff last performed this extraordinary piece, I suspect many of you won't have seen it. Time to correct that. Click here.
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