The Royal Court Theatre
The helm of new writing and one of my favourite theatres in London brings the play ‘I See You’
I SEE YOU by Mongiwekhaya – Genesis Foundation Project
“I don’t need your sorries white boy, yes. You heard right. You know white people think we are the same? We both look black. But only one of us is black”
Post-Apartheid South Africa, after dark.
Ben meets Skinn for a night out. But the party is interrupted by the police. Ben, a young student who doesn’t know his own history, is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. And Officer Buthelezi, a former freedom fighter, can’t let it go.
Based on a real encounter.
“Speak to me in your mother-tongue and I will let you go.”
Noma Dumezweni makes her directorial debut. After its run in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. So don’t miss out and book your ticket pronto.
Orphans– 10th Feb- 5th March
Start Time 8pm, Matinee Starts 3.30pm, Running Time 135, Price £20 | £16 conc. | £12 previews
Deserted in childhood by their father and the death of their mother, two orphaned brothers find themselves neglected and forgotten living in a decrepit house in North Philadelphia. Surviving as a pickpocket, the ruthless and violent Treat provides for his naïve and feral younger brother Philip; keeping him sealed off from the world, encased in an eternal childhood filled with Errol Flynn movies and Hellman’s mayonnaise.
Upping his game, one night Treat kidnaps wealthy Chicagoan Harold. With motives of his own, this charming and mysterious man adopts the boys, becoming the father they never had. Harold soon stirs tensions between the two brothers, changing forever the delicate power balance of their relationship.
Book Now: southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/orphans/#booking
A great venue that supports new writers and their work, run by the lovely Jaime Eastlake. This month they have several good shows taking the stage ‘Can’t Stand up Falling for Down’ ‘The Rules of inflation’.
N16 is a great venue that champions new writing, you can send in your work for scratch nights or full plays to their literacy department. They also put up castings on their websites for inhouse productions. Jaime Eastlake the AD is an accomplished producer, director and forward thinking man, trying to create a creative industry which provides a fair platform for people from all walks of life. Go see any show in their fantastic space and support an up and coming Theatre company with real ethos and passion.
Another of my favourite theatres in London. A place of fab writing and never a dull performance.
Theatre 503 bring ‘FourPlay’ by Jake Brunger, Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle
16 Feb – 12 March, 7.45pm (Sundays 5pm),
£15/£12 (Pay What You Can Sundays)
Rafe and Pete have hit a rut. After seven and a half blissfully happy years, their lack of sexual experience is driving them apart. When they proposition mutual friend Michael to help out with their problems – knowing full well Michael has his own partner Andrew – what seems like a simple solution quickly spirals out of control. Four Play is a new comic play about sex and commitment in the 21st century.