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Three To See on 6 Nov: Edgar Allen Poe – The Haunted Place, Contractions, Mother Courage and Her Children

By | Published on Monday 30 October 2017

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

Edgar Allen Poe – The Haunted Place | Wilton’s Music Hall | 6 Nov
An evening of discussion, live poetry, immersive audio and Poe-inspired music, celebrating the work of the literary master of the macabre. Speakers include actor Paapa Essiedu; academic Dr. Linnie Blake; BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre and musicians Beibei Wang, Mirayam Solomon and Roderick Corbeau. See this page here for lots more information.

Contractions | New Diorama Theatre | 1-29 Nov
“Are your employers concerned about your welfare? Do they have a duty of care? Emma thinks so, but when she begins a relationship with colleague Darren, her Manager suggests she might be in breach of contract. A series of bizarre meetings follow, during which the consequences of Emma’s actions take on a disturbing quality…” A revival of Mike Bartlett’s dark comedy, first staged at The Royal Court in 2008, from the UK’s only professional deaf-led theatre company Deafinitely Theatre. See the venue website here for details.

Mother Courage and Her Children | Southwark Playhouse | 2 Nov-9 Dec (pictured)
You might already have seen a production of this play at some point, given how many there tend to be, but it’s always worth seeing another, given its status as an undisputed classic piece. Plus, this staging is using Tony Kushner’s great and relatively recent (2006?) translation, and features that nice Josie Lawrence in the title role. See this link here for more.