Theatre Today In London

Three To See on 3 Oct: Parents’ Evening, I’m A Phoenix Bitch, To Have To Shoot Irishmen

By | Published on Wednesday 26 September 2018

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

Parents’ Evening | Jermyn Street Theatre | 3-27 Oct
“She’s been disruptive in class. She’s rude to the teachers. And now she wants to learn the trumpet. But whose performance is really being judged? A mother and father prepare to discuss their daughter’s progress at the local primary school, but their rare opportunity for some quality time together begins to test the bonds of love, work and family.” A European premiere for this play by Bathsheba Doran that’s already won much acclaim in the US. See the venue website here for more.

I’m A Phoenix, Bitch | Battersea Arts Centre | 3-20 Oct (pictured)
The brilliant and TW Editors’ Award winning Bryony Kimmings heads to BAC with her with her first solo show in nearly a decade, which promises to be a powerful, dark yet joyful work in which personal stories combine with epic film, soundscapes and ethereal music. “In 2016, Bryony nearly drowned. Postnatal breakdowns, an imploding relationship and an extremely sick child left her sitting beneath the waves hoping she could slowly turn to shell. Two years later and she is able to deal with life again, but wears the scars of that year like a dark and heavy cloak. Who do we become after trauma? How do we turn pain into power? How do we fly instead of drown?” Details here.

To Have To Shoot Irishmen | Omnibus Theatre | 2-20 Oct
“Easter morning, 1916. Gunshots ring out in the Dublin streets. In her suburban sitting-room Hanna prepares for revolution. While Frank walks through the crowds calling for peace, John walks through his nightmares of the trenches and sees a city soaked in blood. 18-year-old William fearfully reports to the barracks for duty, determined to serve the British army with honour. But can honour survive the chaos of conflict, and once unleashed can violence ever be contained?” A truth-inspired play by award winner Lizzie Nunnery, and part of the venue’s mini-season of Irish work. Info here.



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