Comedy Theatre ThisWeek In London

Three To See on 8 Apr: Scenes From 68* Years, Jena Friedman, The Beanfield

By | Published on Friday 1 April 2016


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

Scenes From 68* Years | Arcola Theatre | 6-30 Apr
Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil tells stories of life in Palestine, now and then; you might expect something a bit on the serious side but according to the blurb it’s told with what sounds like a fairly heavy dose of black humour, and offers an alternative view of life in the area – family, daily life, rather than the events generally portrayed on the media. Performed by a cast of six in the UK, and one who skypes it in from Palestine. See the venue website here for more info.

Jena Friedman – American C*nt | Soho Theatre | 8-9 Apr
Well, it’s that time in the electoral cycle when we all suddenly take more of an interest in US politics, so probably a great time to see a US comedian and filmmaker who specialises in that whole politics thing. The rather dark and acerbic Jena Friedman, who has worked on ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Letterman’ as well as featuring in publications like Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, heads to Soho Theatre for her London debut. See this page here to book your tickets.

The Beanfield | Battersea Arts Centre | 5-21 Apr (pictured)
This historical re-enactment of The Battle Of The Beanfield – the violent encounter that took place between Wiltshire police and travellers on their way to set up the Stonehenge Free Festival back in 1985 – is part of the previously mentioned A Nation’s Theatre Festival, and offers a blend of new writing and documentary footage. A politically charged piece about an incident that’s been described as “an act of organised bullying”, this play won much acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer. See this page here for more info.