The F-Word stage blog: July 2020

Another very brief edition this month. It seemed to me early on in the coronavirus situation that recordings and online work were being released left, right and centre but that flurry has died down a little bit now. Though I’m sure there’s a heap of things that I’ve missed so let me know in the comments!

This whole situation seems a bit like limbo to me; the government have claimed there’s a ‘roadmap’ for reopening and lots of cash has been promised, but I’m still a little unclear how the whole thing is going to work. Meanwhile some of the inequalities in the arts world have become very stark indeed, while other theatre closures remain unexplained.

To take your mind off it all…

Hack Theatre have collaborated with six international writers and performers to create UNMUTE, a series of accessible short films that look at how the arts can become more inclusive for all irrespective of disability, race, gender, sexuality, class or financial inequality. One will be released each day from tomorrow until 25 July on Hack Theatre’s website. The artists, Afshan D’Souza Lodhi, Athena Stevens, Christina Murdock, James Colley, Koko Brown and Sean Wai Keung all have their own lived experience of inequality and all make issue-based work.

Sofie Hagen has a live online show How To Love Your Fat on 23 July, which will be watchable for 24 hours after that. They say: “For this particular show, I will be talking mainly about fat dating, fat sex and being non-binary and fat.”

Following on from their Zoom production of The Tempest which I thoroughly enjoyed back in April, Creation Theatre and Big Telly Theatre Company have added AI and other technology from to create Alice – A Virtual Theme Park. Alice runs from 1 until 30 August and tickets can be bought here. “Audiences will be invited to dive down the rabbit hole to experience a magical theatrical experience, meeting their favourite characters from this much-loved classic along the way.”

If you have a car and a few pennies then I’m sure TuckShop’s Gals Aloud, “a fierce, funny, fabulous Drag Drive-In spectacular featuring the hits of Girls Aloud” will be a heap of fun at Troubadour Meridian Water on 22 August.

And finally, strange things have happened during lockdown, and your intrepid stage editor actually features in a fun short film A Sofa Dance made by my company Mimbre. Check it out on iPlayer! (We’ll have it on YouTube next week for any international viewers.)

The feature image is a still from The Sofa Dance and shows performer Freya Stokka sitting on a sofa in her home. Around her are shelves with plants on them and there are two kettle-bells on the floor on the left. There is a cat in the foreground of the picture looking into the camera as is Stokka.