Theatre ThisWeek In London

To See on 17 Sep: Windrush Square, The Fishermen, Losing Venice

By | Published on Monday 10 September 2018

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

Windrush Square | Drayton Arms Theatre | 17 Sep (pictured)
A look at cultural identity from a group of third-generation migrants, and based on the often heartbreaking stories and memories told to them by their first generation migrant forebears. It’s set, of course, in times of heightened racial tension and explores race, the relationship between the police and the community, masculinity, Thatcherism and love, and also features a reggae-fuelled soundtrack, dance and movement. Head this way to the venue website to read more about the project and to book.

The Fishermen | Arcola Theatre | 17-22 Sep
“In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe slip away to fish at a forbidden river. They continue unnoticed and carefree – until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives forever.” Based on Chigozie Obioma’s Booker Prize shortlisted novel and adapted by by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, this staging of an allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate has already won much acclaim. See this page here for more.

Losing Venice | Orange Tree Theatre | 7 Sep-20 Oct
A new production of Jo Clifford’s 1985 play, which I gather hasn’t been much staged since its mid-eighties success up at the old edfringe and now gets its first major revival. “An empire gone wrong; an empire completely gone, in fact. A nation with delusional ideas of its place in the world, making poor choices, involved in clumsy foreign adventures, constantly on the edge of war. At home, class divides are stark yet all attention is on a Duke’s ceremonial marriage. And surging through the chaos, the absurdities of masculinity threaten to destroy everything.” All the details are here.