Circus Dance & Physical Theatre ThisWeek In London

Three To See on 12 Jun: The Little Pony, Elixir, Beruit

By | Published on Tuesday 5 June 2018

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

The Little Pony | Cervantes Theatre | 12-30 Jun
An English translation by Marion Peter Holt of a play by acclaimed Spanish playwright Paco Bezzera that addresses themes of bullying, identity, sexual orientation and education: “Timmy is being bullied at school because of his favourite backpack, a bright pink backpack full of little ponies from his favourite TV series. Daniel and Irene try to confront the brutal school bullying that Timmy is subjected to. A school that protects its bullies and a couple that tries to do the best for their child will witness how Timmy escapes to an imaginary universe to protect himself from the insufferable reality.” Info here.

Elixir | Underbelly Festival | 12-23 Jun (pictured)
Oooooh, our reviewer loved this show when she saw it at the Edinburgh Festival so I feel sure that any fans of acrobatics out there won’t want to miss out. It has a vaguely scientific theme, in the sense that these three enthusiastic performers are attempting to create an elixir of life, and we can fully concur with the statement in the blurb that says it’s “a beautiful mix of incredible acrobatics and impeccable comic timing”. Head this way for details.

Beirut | The Park Theatre | 12 Jun-7 Jul
“Torch has been quarantined in a dark, squalid room on the Lower East Side of New York City, which the locals refer to as “Beirut”, after testing positive for a nameless disease. Torch passes the time alone, forbidden from contact with the outside world. His girlfriend, Blue, makes the dangerous journey across the quarantine line to be with him. Torch tries to keep her at arm’s length and they argue lovingly, jokingly, fearfully, bravely and desperately about sex and death. All the while, Torch pleads with Blue to leave before his resistance fails…” Late US playwright Alan Bowne’s dystopian meditation on STDs and humanity gets a UK airing, see this page here for more.