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Three To See on 14 Jan: The Albatross 3rd & Main, The Lower Depths, The Convert

By | Published on Saturday 7 January 2017

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

The Albatross 3rd & Main | Park Theatre | 10 Jan-4 Feb
It’s a London premiere for this acclaimed black comedy written and directed by Simon David Eden, which is all about a down on his luck American with massive debts and an expensive ex-wife who has a sudden chance at making some solid cash. Of course, said chance is an illegal black market deal, so it’s hardly going to be plain sailing… see the venue website here for all the info.

The Lower Depths | Arcola Theatre | 11 Jan-11 Feb
An excellent cast are involved in this new production of Maxim Gorky’s hugely influential 1902 play about a group of homeless Russians living in poverty near the Volga river. Depicting those disenfranchised and left behind, and a society at breaking point, it’s a timely and still-relevant piece. See this page here for details.

The Convert | Gate Theatre | 12 Jan-11 Feb (pictured)
“It’s 1896 in Rhodesia and Jekesai has just been given her new, Catholic name. Chilford, the only black Roman Catholic teacher in the region, has decided she’ll now be known as Ester, wear European clothing and speak only in English. She’s torn away from everything that she knows by her fellow African who earnestly believes the promises of the white man.” This piece from Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira offers an enlightening and absorbing exploration of the imposition of western culture and tearing down of ancient tradition in southern Africa, and its effects on the individuals who lived through it. Head this way to book.

Photo:  Kwaku Kyei

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