Features Natasha's Week Ahead Published 3 February 2014

End Times

Scottee at the Roundhouse and apocalypse in Shoreditch.

Natasha Tripney

Having opened with a version of Hunter S. Thomson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the Vault Festival’s second core production is an adaption of Ian McEwan’s slender, unsettling novel, The Cement Garden. Elsewhere in the tunnels, Airealism will be creating an immersive ghost circus with shades of Death Line and work by Angry Bairds, Changing Spaces and Dissolve will also feature on the bill.

Saskia Reeves and Danny Webb star in the Royal Court’s production of Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract, an account of an unusual relationship, directed by Vicky Featherstone

Brad Birch’s new play Running on Empty opens at Soho Theatre this week, Stephen Sewell’s play, It Just Stopped, is at the Orange Tree, and Jack McNamara’s production of Him With His Foot in his Mouth for New Perspectives, based on the stories of Saul Bellow, is at Greenwich Theatre.

Scottee presents The Worst of Scottee at the Roundhouse – for more on the creation of that piece read Bojana Jankovic’s interview with Scottee – Stacy Makishi’s solo show The Falsettos is at the Toynbee Arts Café, and National Art Service present Sun an apocalyptic promenade piece which takes place in the nave of St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch.

Drew McOnie’s dance-theatre piece Drunk, is at the Bridewell Theatre and Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal return to Sadler’s Wells with one of her earlier and less performed works, 1980, A Piece by Pina Bausch

Bernadette Russell’s 366 Days of Kindness project, inspired in part by the London riots, documents her decision to do kind things for strangers over the course of a year. Russell wrote about the project for us last year and you can see the results this week at Jackson’s Lane Theatre.

Nathan Penlington’s Choose Your Own Documentary (which we reviewed back in 2012) is at Soho Theatre, At the Shattered Edge, a fragmented and cut-up performance piece, written using an algorithm which cuts, shifts and reforms text, is at Rich Mix this weekend. On Wednesday 5th, the Southbank Centre’s Poetry Library plays host to The Poet is a Boxer, a conceptual look at the world of boxing, with SJ Fowler amongst those contributing. Isabella Rossellini will be talking about the sex life of insects in Green Porno, also at the Southbank Centre, on Sunday 9th.

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Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.

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