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Lyn's Picks: 19 Apr

Lyn's Picks: 19 Apr

Lyn's Picks: 19 Apr cover photo on Stagedoor
What's caught the attention of our resident critic this week?

The Motherhood Project

One of the first projects in Battersea Arts Centre’s Wild Times season, which spans both the digital and live performance and is all on a pay-what-you-can pricing model, The Motherhood Project mixes filmed monologues with live conversation around the experience of motherhood (both joyful and absurd) and the taboos that are never talked about in public. Writers involved include EV Crowe, Suhayla El Bushra, Athena Stevens, Morgan Lloyd Malcom, Hannah Khalil and more. There’s plenty else in the Wild Times season including a new piece from Lucy McCormick, Jo Fong’s durational installation, What Will People Need?, and the UK premiere of Hofesh Shechter’s film, Political Mother: the Final Cut. There's also a chance to see Selina Thompson’s Salt Dispersed, an adaptation of Salt, her searing show about the Transatlantic Slave Triangle, for the medium of film.


Can design lead the theatrical process? It’s a question that has previously been asked at the Royal Court, in particular in the work of Chloe Lamford. The Bush Theatre has been exploring that too over the last four years, and now presents an online season of shows led by a set designer, a lighting designer and a sound designer. LimBo, by self-taught sound designer Darius McFarlane, offers a piece of gig theatre that asks whether the events of 2020 have really changed us. Lighting designer Devon Muller works with writer Omar Bynon on Pawn, a piece about power and politics in the playground and beyond. A mayfly, which lives its entire life in one day, is at the centre of QianEr Jin’s One Day, written by Kathryn Golding.

Anthropocene: The Human Era

Streaming via Oxford Playhouse and made by physical theatre ensemble GymJam Theatre, this new piece focuses on birth strikers, women who are refusing to have children because of the climate emergency. Why bring more children into the world when current populations are not sustainable? Why have children when it is they who will be most affected by climate change and the catastrophes it may bring? Megan is in her bathroom starring at her pregnancy test. What decision will she make? It’s up to you, the audience, to make some choices for her in a show that comes with a choose-your-own-adventure style format.

You can find lots of streaming theatre shows - many of them available for free - in our Streamdoor guide

Cover image from Anthropocene: The Human Era.

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