Opera Theatre ThisWeek In London

Three To See on 28 Feb: Stegosaurus, Not I, Ruth & The Dark Lady Of Sonnets

By | Published on Wednesday 21 February 2018

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

Stegosaurus | Vault Festival | 28 Feb-4 Mar
This piece written by Ersi Niaoti and starring Elpida Stathatou won acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and now makes its way to Vault Festival with lots of stars to its credit. It’s a truly dark drama, focusing as it does on the experiences of a divorced woman of 30 – whose life becomes dominated by bulimic binging, anorexic starvation, drug misuse, rough sex –  and explores our relationship with food, social attitudes towards body image and sexuality and myths about eating disorders. Details here.

Not I | Battersea Arts Centre | 28 Feb-17 Mar (pictured)
It’s not the first time this has been on, and it may not be the first time we’ve tipped it, but it’s always going to be worth seeing, for those of you who have already seen it, but especially for those of you who haven’t. Jess Thom, who has Tourettes, and who you’ll recognise from the hugely acclaimed ‘Backstage In Biscuit Land’, performs Samuel Beckett’s short play, using it to explore neurodiversity, and ask “who is allowed to perform what and who gets the final say”. Click here for more.

Ruth & The Dark Lady Of Sonnets | The Actors’ Church | 28 Feb-2 Mar + 4 Mar
The excellent Pegasus Opera offer a double bill of two pieces by New York composer Philip Hagemann. ‘Ruth’ is based on the biblical book of the same name and tells an epic tale of loyalty, sacrifice and kindness, while ‘The Dark Lady Of The Sonnets’ is based on the short comedy by George Bernard Shaw, in which Shakespeare himself encounters Queen Elizabeth while pursuing an affair with a lady of the court. For information and link to booking, see this page here.