Theatre Today In London

Three To See on 9 Jan: Heretic Voices, Two Petite Pantos, Mistero Buffo

By | Published on Tuesday 2 January 2018

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

Heretic Voices | Arcola Theatre | 9-13 Jan
Hurrah for monologues, which we do love. Here you get to see three shiny new ones, selected from 1,136 submissions by a panel of clever and experienced people for an evening of highly promising sounding theatre. They are: ‘Woman Caught Unaware’ by Annie Fox, which takes a look at the culture of body shaming, ‘Dean McBride’ by Sonya Hale, a tale of loss and redemption set on an estate in Croydon council, and ‘A Hundred Words For Snow’ by Tatty Hennessy, in which a teenage girl makes a solo journey to the North Pole with her father’s ashes. Click here for more.

Two Petite Pantos | Drayton Arms Theatre | 9-13 Jan
Yes, yes, I know it’s January, but panto is for life, not just for Christmas. Plus, it sold me with this paragraph in the blurb: “Two Petite Pantos is out to show that pantomime is as vital a theatrical voice for political and social discussion as any new play that might be produced at the National Theatre or Royal Court. And not forgetting, of course, that pantomime is the funniest, loudest and most sparkling evening in the theatre that the whole family can enjoy! Both pantos will be full of laugh out loud comedy, groan inducing puns and just enough romance to keep everyone happy.” Head this way for details.

Mistero Buffo | New Diorama | 9-13 Jan (pictured)
The excellent Rhum and Clay present this production of Dario Fo’s funny and controversial one man piece (probably his most celebrated work) consisting of short monologues with biblical themes, famously denounced by the Vatican when aired on Italian TV as “the most blasphemous show in the history of television”. Still entirely relevant in its themes, and in very good hands, see the venue website here for information and to book.