January may have been the longest month ever but finally February is here, and with it comes a whole host of new shows to see. Here are a few of the theatre productions, events and books I’ll be blogging about this month.
Fasten your seatbelts…! One of the hottest tickets of the year, the much-anticipated All About Eve arrives at the Noël Coward Theatre. Based on the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film and starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James as rivals Margo and Eve, the play shines a light on a world of jealousy and ambition and asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never gets old. With direction from Ivo van Hove, music by PJ Harvey and additional cast members including Sheila Reid and W1A’s Monica Dolan, expectations are high!
Next it’s off to review Creation Theatre’s production of Dracula for Love London Love Culture. Featuring two actors, Dracula draws on innovative audio-visual design to tell Bram Stoker’s legendary tale. What’s more, it’s taking place in the beautiful London Library (which I aspire to live in), which Stoker visited to research his story.
I’ll be heading to the Vault Festival once again, this time to review Bottled for Mind the Blog. Performed in support of Women’s Aid, Bottled is a play about the impact of domestic abuse and highlights the consequences of funding cuts to Women’s services and refuge closures. It’s sure to be a powerful but important production.
Later this month I’ll be heading back to one of my favourite pub theatres, the Hope Theatre to review Little Echoes for Love London Love Culture. Written by Tom Powell, Little Echoes takes the audience through the city as they’ve never seen it before and discusses the social anxieties of modern-day living.
February will see my first visit to the Ovalhouse Theatre for Smack That. Written by Rhiannon Faith, Smack That offers an honest account of domestic abuse, performed by a mixed cast of professional dancers and domestic abuse survivors.
Finally, it’s time for the Secret Theatre Project, an immersive production held in one of London’s most historic venues. Described as Silence of the Lambs meets Black Mirror – which I think is code word for “I’ll be scared witless” – this courtroom drama offers the audience the power to decide the fate of the accused, and it should definitely be interesting!
On Galentine’s Day (if you don’t know what it is, stop reading immediately and binge-watch Parks and Recreation), I’ll be spending it at the Friendship Never Ends: Hate Sucks Panel. Panellists including Kate Leaver, whose book The Friendship Cure should be on everyone’s reading list (see my review here), will be discussing friendship and how we can become better friends.
Staying with Galentine’s Day, I’ll be attending the Galentine’s Lunch hosted by Ladies-who-Launch and The Better Brand Consultant. It’s a celebration of female friendship and brings together women from all walks of life – from CEOs and freelancers to writers and stay-at-home mums – plus there’s food involved, so naturally I’m looking forward to this (and you can check out my thoughts on the last Ladies-who-Launch brunch here.)
Sleep is for wimps, which is why I’ll also be visiting The Good, the Bad and the Fifty: The 12th Annual London 50-Hour Improvathon at Wilton’s Music Hall. While I don’t think I’ll be able to make the whole 50 hours, I’m looking forward to this improvised comedy soap opera, set in The Wild West and featuring a host of talented improv artists, including members of Austentatious and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.
As I mentioned last month, this year I’m aiming to read 50 books, and while January got off to a strong start, I need to pick up the pace. This month I’ll be aiming to read and review the following books:
- We are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo: A YA fantasy novel, We are Blood and Thunder is a story of two young women: Lena, who is running for her life after being sentenced to death for being a mage; and Constance, who escaped years ago before her own powers were discovered.
- Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies): Compiled by Scarlett Curtis, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies) is a collection of 52 essays from empowering women all recognisable in their fields of work. The likes of Dolly Alderton, Jameela Jamil and Helen Fielding all come together to talk about what the F word means to them.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: I’m currently on a mission to work my way through Neil Gaiman’s back catalogue. In The Ocean at the End of the Lane the narrator returns to his childhood home for a funeral, and takes a trip down memory lane.
- The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin: This psychological drama tells the story of Erin and Roison, who were friends until a fatal accident drove them apart. After discovering that Erin has been keeping a big secret for over a decade, Roisin is determined to make her ex-friend pay for her lies.
All About Eve featured image credit: Perou