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Three To See on 22 May: The Biograph Girl, Science Fiction Double Feature, Obama And Me

By | Published on Tuesday 15 May 2018

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

The Biograph Girl | Finborough Theatre | 22 May-9 Jun
This musical by Warner Brown and David Heneker hasn’t been staged professionally since its 1980 premiere, but now it’s back at the Finborough, with libretto newly revised by co-creator Warner Brown. Described as “a joyous musical celebration of Hollywood’s glorious era of silent film”, it’s a real love letter to the early years of movie production – the moguls, the scandals and the stars of the silver screen. Head this way for detalls.

Science Fiction Double Feature | The Space | 22-26 May
Hurrah, science fiction lovers, here’s a lovely special thing for you. Today over at The Space begins five days of short plays, talks and discussions from SF authors and playwrights looking at all types of possible future and exploring such themes as robotics, artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. There’s more info on this page here, and a list of all the intriguing looking short plays. All you now have to decide is whether you should buy a full festival pass and basically spend the week there or not.

Obama And Me | Camden People’s Theatre | 22-23 May (pictured)
“While Barack Obama is fulfilling his American Dream as the first Black president of the United States, Sylvia Arthur, a Black Brit, is in Brussels in pursuit of the European version. Working at the political heart of Europe, tasked with promoting Freedom of Movement, she zigzags the continent proselytising the benefits of a borderless Union. But as the President faces resistance to his agenda, so does she as nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism sweep through Europe, and the world, and dreams begin to crumble.” This piece combining music, video, and images with spoken word covers a broad sweep of issues and promises a powerful and sweeping narrative. More here.