Theatre Ad Infinitum’s award winning and highly personal account of growing up in Israel, Ballad of the Burning Star, opens at BAC this week. The piece, which takes the form of a drag cabaret, is discussed in more detail by director Nir Paldi in his Exeunt interview with Catherine Love. Lots of good things going on at BAC this week: they’re also presenting Andy Field and Ira Brand’s Put Your Sweet Hand in Mine as well as a scratch performance of an intriguing new piece by Russell Bender and Rose Lewenstein, Darknet, on Friday 21st.
Our Big Land, a musical play by the Romany composer and writer Dan Allum is at OvalHouse, Clerke and Joy’s Volcano – billed as ‘part performance, part lecture, part school science experiment’ is at Shoreditch Town Hall, and Bryony Kimmings will be performing as Catherine Bennett alongside her niece Taylor in her child-friendly follow-up to Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model at the South Bank Centre’s Purcell Room as part of the Imagine Children’s Festival. Come prepared to dance.
Fingersmith’s revival of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen is at The Albany, Storm in a Teacup, a devised piece by Hot Coals, inspired by Chekhov’s Three Sisters, is at the Park Theatre and the Hightide/Nuffield co-production of Chris Dunkley’s play, Smallholding is at Soho Theatre.
This week at the Vault Festival Jessica Burgess will be Fucking Outside the Box, Nabokov’s Symphony will be combining live music with new writing by the holy trinity of Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells and Max and Ivan will be having a Reunion. Richard Marsh will be scratching new work and Squared Circle Theatre will be presenting Foxglove, a play about woman and boxing. The Yard’s NOW 14 season, meanwhile, features new writing by Kelly Jones and Tom Adams.
The big opening at the National Theatre this week is Bijan Sheibani’s production of Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey, starring Lesley Sharp and Kate O’Flynn as mother and daughter.
Aisling Bea and Jonny and the Baptists are playing Knock2Bag in Shepherd’s Bush on the 19th and Tricity Vogue and Craig the Incredible Hula Boy are on the bill at the February Meeting of the Double R Club at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on the 20th February.
And on the live lit front this week, Patrick Gale, Kirsty Wark and Armistead Maupin will be guests at Damian Barr’s Literary Salon on the 17th February at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel.