‘Infection’ is the guiding theme for this year’s Spill, the international festival of experimental theatre, live art and performance, staged in partnership with the Barbican. Programme highlights include Glorious, Rajni Shah’s uplifting musical performed in conjunction with students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and local residents, and Harminder Judge’s Do What Thou Wilt, an immersive installation inspired by the occultist Alistair Crowley. (Read more on Rajni’s Shah’s Glorious here).
The festival concludes with a double-bill: I Guess If The Stage Exploded is an attempt to create an unforgettable show by performance artist Sylvia Rimat; this is coupled with In Eldersfield: Elegy for Paul Dirac, the first part of a ten chapter cycle by theatre collective Kings of England.
Also this week the RSC production of Rona Munro’s space race play Little Eagles, opens at Hampstead Theatre, Belt Up’s site responsive retooling of Macbeth opens at an underground Victorian prison, the House of Detention in Clerkenwell, Groupe Acrobatique de Tangier blend performance with acrobatics in Chouf Ouchouf, a celebration of Morocco at the Southbank Centre and Les Enfants Terribles bring the macabre musical The Vaudevillains to the Charing Cross Theatre. Drylands, the second part of Zecora Ura’s mammoth Hotel Medea project, will be staged off-site by the Arcola Theatre as part of the Digital Stages Festival and spoken word artist and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz will be previewing her first solo show, Dry Ice, ahead of a run at the Edinburgh Fringe at the New Wimbledon Studio.
The London Word Festival continues with Man/Machine, an evening exploring technology and robotics, featuring contributions from Nikesh Shukla and Ross Sutherland, at Richmix, and the King James Bible Bash, a multi-media shebang hosted by Tim Clare to mark the four-hundredth anniversary of the King James Bible at Stoke Newington International Airport on Saturday 23rd April.