Quick Q&A: Easy

Where and when: 5 – 23 November, Blue Elephant Theatre

What it’s all about… My best friend Meg actually lost it last week, to her boyfriend Amir. Apparently he lit candles. Magical, was the word she used.

Alice would give anything for something magical to happen to her. But she’s shy, has no idea how to contour and the last thing she loved was a roast potato.
She feels ordinary. Unremarkable. Unpopular.
Until Jamie from Maths messages her.
Finally, something is about to happen to Alice.
Something big. Something she won’t ever forget. Something she never expected.
And the whole school knows.

Easy is a powerful new play by Amy Blakelock, exploring what happens when we combine social media, love island ideals, Snapchat and teenage insecurity. An intimate portrait of adolescence today, Easy asks us – why is it so hard to believe we’re good enough as we are?

You’ll like it if… you remember the squeamish and agonising world of teenage love and sex, if you’ve ever sent nudes, if you’re a Snapchat fiend or if you’re a complete social media phobe, this one-woman show will explore how constant digital connectivity changes the landscape of teenage sexuality.

You should see it because… it’s a contemporary, fast-paced hour of love, sex, digital consent, and learning to demand respect for your own body.

Where to follow:
Twitter: @TheatreParadox

Book here: http://www.blueelephanttheatre.co.uk/easy

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Quick Q&A: Good Gracious Good Friday

Where and when: White Bear Theatre, 16th-18th October

What it’s all about… Good Gracious, Good Friday takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on the night of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement referendum result, as four (mostly hungover) twenty-somethings come together to use the historic occasion as an excuse to drink all over again. Although they claim they have no interest in the “boring news on the telly” as the evening draws on – their true feelings for their country, and each other, will be revealed. This is a nostalgic look back at a huge turning point in Northern Ireland’s history, with Game Boys and Tamagotchis thrown in for good measure!

You’ll like it if… you’re interested in The Good Friday Agreement which has been mentioned so much whenever Brexit is on the news. It’s been the main sticking point in the current negotiations, particularly when it comes to the matter of the Irish Border. Our play explores why the 1998 Good Friday Agreement was such a monumental event in Northern Irish, and U.K. history and what it meant to a younger generation who strived for peace – a generation who were knee deep in a late 90s cultural explosion of Britney Spears, Titanic and Supermarket Sweep – so yeah, they had all that to deal with too…….

You should see it because… the Good Friday Agreement has never been more prevalent than it was over 20 years ago. The very essence of Brexit brings into disrepute the good work so many British/Irish/American politicians set out to do, which was to bring peace to the island of Ireland. Just yesterday (14th October 2019) a Northern Irish citizen named Emma De Souza was told she could not claim her Irish citizenship – something The Good Friday Agreement set out to make possible in our time, and further beyond. Our play sets out to show how important The Good Friday Agreement was to Northern Ireland in 1998, and how it remains just as vital to the country, The Republic of Ireland and The U.K. today.

Where to follow:
Twitter: @GGGFPlay

Book here: www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk/whatson/Good-Gracious%2C-Good-Friday

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Quick Q&A: This Is It

Where and when: Etcetera Theatre, 28th at 9pm, 30th and 31st October at 7pm

What it’s all about… Presented by Blue Glass Theatre, This Is It is non-gendered and non-aged, meaning that this play will be able to have many and varied lives. Focusing on identity and where we hinge our identity in a world shifting under our feet, change is all around us.

This Is It is a dark comedy set at the end of the world. Three have survived this far…

You’ll like it if… you like Hot Fuzz, Black Summer, Noises Off!

You should see it because… it’s dark and funny and talks about how we communicate with each other. This Is It asks you to look at identity and how we view ourselves and what would happen if the world turned upside down. Annnddd it’s funny!

Anything else we should know…: It’s 60 minutes of sharp comedy and some scary bits too!

Where to follow:
Twitter: @glass_theatre
Facebook: @glasstheatre

Book here: www.citizenticket.co.uk/event/this-is-it

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Quick Q&A: Bedlam

Where and when: 14-16th November, CLF Art Cafe

What it’s all about… “Trusting is a decision you must make knowing that there aren’t any guarantees that you won’t get hurt.”

Ellie is convinced that George has cheated on her. George can’t get her to believe that he hasn’t. All they know is that they can’t keep having the same argument again and again and again.

Join us as we put Ellie and George’s relationship under a microscope to try and figure out what has gone wrong and whether anything can be saved be done to save their relationship.

Bedlam is an unflinching look at truth and trust in relationships. Expect some twists and turns along the way….

You’ll like it if… you like modern, fast paced, unexpected theatre.

You should see it because… this is the first time that award-winning From the Mill Theatre Company have brought a play to London.

Where to follow:
Twitter: @fromthemilltc

Book here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bedlam-tickets-71686364847

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Quick Q&A: Murder On The Dancefloor

Where and when: Pleasance Islington, October 11-13, 8pm

What it’s all about… Murder on the Dancefloor is a black comedy about dysfunctional families and the housing crisis which explores themes of friendship, family and isolation in relation to wider socio-political narratives; namely the ruthless job market, ever-rising house prices and the drive for financial security.

It’s fast-paced, explosive, award-winning physical theatre that unravels at breakneck pace with a totally absurd and farcical ending!

You’ll like it if… this show is for anyone with a dark sense of humour or who enjoys playful, devised physical theatre. The play resonates with anyone who feels that the reality of owning a home is impossible, a feeling most London-born youngsters can relate to!

You should see it because… Spies Like Us have just got back from a smash hit Edinburgh run where the show was well-received by critics receiving an array of 5* and 4* reviews. This might be the last time we perform Murder On The Dancefloor for a while so catch it while you can!

“Physical Theatre at its high-octane best” **** Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Anything else we should know…: Spies Like Us are one of New Diorama Theatre’s Graduate Emerging Companies 19-20.

Where to follow:
Twitter: @SpiesLikeUs_
#MOTD_TheShow
www.spieslikeustheatre.com

Book here: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/murder-dancefloor-0#overview

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