Jasmine Naziha Jones' Baghdaddy, a coming of age story set in 1991 during the Gulf War, continues downstairs at the Royal Court but during the coming week you can also take your pick in the theatre upstairs from a series of one-night stands showcasing the work and talents of a wildly different bunch of artists. Join a Jewish soiree with Ray Filar and Dex Chait Grodner, or get trapped with performers Siobhan McSweeney and Amalia Vitale, or watch how the wonderful, always watchable Chris Thorpe manages to weave Christmas memories with nuclear catastrophe or join Jade Anouka and Grace Savage on a musical beatboxing journey of love and heartbreak. A box of Christmas surprises.
Throwing open the doors to the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, the Royal Court has invited a selection of theatre-makers, writers, singers, activists and artists to present intimate evenings in their company, each one completely different from the last. The mutually fulfilling, no strings attached one-nighters will run between 1 - 17 December. One Night Stands will exist in its own universe, designed by Shahaf Beer. A playful take on the world of backstage and what exists behind the scenes, complete with its own green room sofa, costume department and a makeshift onstage bar. The line up includes: experimental, anarchic theatre-makers In Bed With My Brother with a special spooky Christmas DJ set; guaranteed laughs, belter tunes and massive love with Felix Mufti; an evening of rediscovery with playwright Rabiah Hussain; Inua Ellams brings Search Party, his chaotic, audience-led poetry event; an utterly spontaneous new play from two of the UK's most hilarious improv performers Lola-Rose Maxwell and Charlie Kemp; a special edition of Yomi Ṣode’s First Five podcast with DJ Zezi Ifore asking the audience to join the conversation; Rachel Bagshaw’s beanbag manifesto for a more compassionate world; an elegant queer Jewish soiree from Ray Filar and Dex Chait Grodner; Siobhán McSweeney and Amalia Vitale with an early outing of something fun and lovely directed by Stephen Soba; a Christmassy chat about how the world ends with Chris Thorpe; a night of queer Joy, heartbreak, love and ideas told through poetry & beatboxing with Jade Anouka and Grace Savage; a dark winter’s evening of Norwegian cosy with E.V. Crowe and friends. Please follow the ticketing link for the full listing of events.