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Features Published 11 May 2017

Exeunt Recommends (May 11, 2017)

We pick the best new and returning shows to see over the next fortnight, based on our writers' recommendations.
Exeunt Staff
'This Beautiful Future' at The Yard Theatre. Photo: Richard Lakos

‘This Beautiful Future’ at The Yard Theatre. Photo: Richard Lakos

London

New shows: Voodoo (Sadler’s Wells, £17) sounds incredible. It’s a new immersive piece by Project O that they’ll perform for eight hours, in a “live cleansing ritual” that explores how dance can heal and challenge systematic oppression.

Life of Galileo (Young Vic, £10-£38) is a Bertolt Brecht play directed by Joe Wright, after his 2013 Season in the Congo – if nothing else, Lizzie Clachan’s revolving telescope-inspired design should be stunning.

Babette’s Feast (Print Room, £16-£28) is Karen Blixen’s famous short story about a cook who hosts a blow-out in a puritanical Norwegian town, adapted into a new play by Glynn Maxwell.

We saw and loved: The Ferryman (Royal Court; Gielgud Theatre, £12-£102.50) is Jez Butterworth’s hugely, justly hyped follow-up to Jerusalem. Miriam Gillinson’s Exeunt review called it a “bang-out brilliant” show where “family, story-telling, legacy and violence are all intricately and irrevocably entwined”. If you want to go without spending A LOT of money to see it in the West End, might be worth trying the Royal Court’s £12 Mondays.

While We’re Here (Bush Theatre, £20) – Barney Norris has officially done it again, with a bittersweet play about two middle-aged lovers that produces a “satisfying shimmer” of intensity. Read Gillian Greer’s Exeunt review here.

This Beautiful Future (The Yard, £17) is a “brilliantly observed” WWII love story, with karaoke. Read our review, or find out more in our interview with its writer, Rita Kalnejais.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (Duke of York’s Theatre, £20-£85) is a story about Scottish schoolgirls going wild on choir trip, set to songs by ELO – and because it’s directed by Vicky Featherstone it’s a million times better than that sounds. It’s been touring so we’ve written about thrice, and loved it each time. Here’s Tracey Sinclair’s review.

Jamal Harewood. The Privileged. Photo: Guido Mencari.

Jamal Harewood. The Privileged. Photo: Guido Mencari.

Brighton

Brighton Fringe is here! And we’ve decided to devote this space to helping you navigate its sprawling, 970 show programme. [Give or take a few, it’s a shame to see that performers including Stacey Makishi and Femi Martin have had to cancel their shows after plans for a new pavilion were scrapped]

Endings (Old Market, £17.50) is, ironically enough, the first show we’ve reviewed this festival. It’s a “a heady, almost hallucinatory meditation on modern death, coming to us in fragments” (read Exeunt’s review here).

We were particularly taken with the title of Die Die Die Old People Die (Komedia Studio, £5-£10) (please don’t read anything into this, ballet fans). It’s a new comedy about getting older from deeply unsettling duo Ridiculusmus.

Sex Education (Marlborough Theatre, £9.50) is Harry Clayton-Wright’s solo show that’s got the fairly unique distinction of pullquotes from both Cosmopolitan (“genius”) and The Mirror (“deranged”) – it’s an enticing-sounding look at how teenage experiences shape how we see sex.

The Privileged (The Warren, £8.50) is back – here’s our interview with Jamal Harewood on why he uses a polar bear costume and a fried chicken-covered floor to make audiences confront racism.

Or there’s also a chance to see a few shows we loved at the Edinburgh Fringe. We called Goggles (The Warren, £10) “a very warm and real portrait of a friendship” – here’s Exeunt’s review from Edinburgh.

Meet Fred (£12, £10.50 concs) is a super smart, and very funny look at disability through the pinprick eyes of a bunraku puppet.

There’s also Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (Marlborough Theatre, £9.50) – about a world where you have only 140 words per day. Appropriately, here’s Exeunt’s 140 word review.

Heads Up, UK tour. Photo: Niall Walker

Heads Up, UK tour. Photo: Niall Walker

Manchester

We saw and loved: How My Life is Spent (Royal Exchange, £12) is Alan Harris’s “strange, delicate” Bruntwood Prize-winning play – a story of work and loneliness that takes the form of “magical-realism by way of light yet damning political critique” (read Exeunt’s review here).

Heads Up (Home Theatre, £12.50) is Kieran Hurley’s solo show which boasts “a poetic virtuosity and intrinsic musicality amplified by a carefully designed soundscape” (read Exeunt’s review here).

Leviathan (Contact Manchester, £15) is James Wilton Dance’s take on Moby Dick – “a real crowd pleaser and a pretty stunning work of athleticism and acrobatics” (read Exeunt’s review here).

Mark-Murphy-web

Glasgow

New shows: V-Tol: Out of this World (Tramway, £9) looks pretty amazing – it’s an aerial dance show by Mark Murphy that uses special effects to explore a woman’s experience in a medically-induced coma.

Disclaimer: We know there are many, many more places with great theatre in the UK than we’ve covered here. These headings change each fortnight, according to what’s on our radar – and if you’d like to help us cover more theatre in your area, get in touch.

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