A history of water in the Middle East by Sabrina Mahfouz

British Egyptian Sabrina Fahfouz grew up with ambitions of being a spy. She has two passports, speaks two languages and has a cultural understanding of two very different countries. But it when it came to applying for MI6, it turned out she wasn’t quite British enough.

So now she’s on her own intelligence mission – to explore who really holds the power in and over the Middle East. In a world long obsessed with access to oil, will water soon become the natural resource that dictates control, or has it been all along?

Directed by Stef O’Driscoll, the production journeys across twelve different countries using theatre, poetry and music to share stories of women across the region. From the British imperialist ownership of natural resources, to the environmental urgency of the present, water has shaped lives, policies and fortunes – and it will shape all our futures.

On show at the Royal Court Theatre from 10 October to 16 November. Tickets from £15-£25. Book yours here.

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ZOG Cadogan Hall

ZOG

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved ZOG comes to life in this magical stage adaptation with a sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians and designs that life the book from the page to create a real and fantastical world. ZOG promises to be roaring fun for all ages.

To receive 20% off ticket prices, excluding Saturday performances, use ‘INCOFFER’ at the checkout. Buy yours here.

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter – In Concert

Fra Fee (The Ferryman) and Christine Allado (Hamilton) are joined on stage by Wendi Peters (Coronation Street) to perform the acclaimed new British musical, The Clockmaker’s Daughter.

Set in the fictional time of Spindlewood, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a musical fairy tale built around themes of prejudice, discrimination, animosity and fear of the unknown. Like most towns of age, Spindlewood has its traditions. But no practice, custom or old wives’ warning is so firmly adhered to as ‘The Turning of the Key’.

Purchase your tickets to this must-see performance here.

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salt., Royal Court Theatre Sloane Square

salt.

Book your tickets to see ‘salt.’, a reflection on Black British identity.

A journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo shop and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. In order to go forwards, they had to go backwards; their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through a realm of an imaginary past.

This award winning production focusses on grief, home, afropressism, the Black Atlantic, the forgetting of the UK’s colonial history and the impact that has on the daily life of Caribbean communities in the UK today.

Book here.

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Still No Idea

The latest thought-provoking and must-see play, ‘Still No Idea’ at Royal Court runs from 31 October – 17 November.

Best mates, Lisa and Rachael are making a new show almost a decade after they created their first piece together. Back then, with no idea where to start, they went onto the streets to ask the public what they wanted to see. When they saw Lisa in a wheelchair and Rachael not, what the public said they wanted was funny, jaw-dropping and ultimately heart-breaking. Thus they made the show, ‘No Idea’. Now, people have noticed a change; more disabled people are being accepted in mainstream media.

‘Still No Idea’ is the whole story to date; the British public, the professional writers, the TV Executives. Part verbatim theatre, part improve, party comedy sketch show; this is a raucous and mischievous expose of good intentions gone bad and sometimes no matter how hard we try, we still have no absolutely no idea.

More information and tickets can be found here.

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Poet in da Corner

This coming of age story by Debris Stevenson was inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album.

In a strict Mormon house somewhere on the outskirts of London; between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album – Boy in da Corner.

Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change – from feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words, from being conflicted about her sexuality to discovering the capability to explore and feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her best friend.

Debris Stevenson is a young poet, lyricist and dancer who has performed her unique work everywhere from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to the Roundhouse.

 

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Pity

The latest play to land at the Royal Court in Sloane Square is Rory Mullarkey’s new play which asks whether things are really getting worse, and if we care.

 

A normal day. A person stands in the market square watching the world go by.

There’s ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities. And tanks. (Probably).

Tickets are from £12, book yours here.

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Once Upon a Time

The Red Star Theatre Arts return to the Chelsea Theatre with an wonderful, family-friendly, performance of ‘Once Upon a Time’ on 8 July.

Follow the journey of Joseph Bricklehurst, a boy with a wild imagination as he’s joined by an all star cast of characters. Joe and Matilda get whisked away to far off lands by the mischievous Cat in the Hat in this charming collection of musicals.

Performances will be at 11am and 4pm at £14 an adult and £10 per child. Book yours here.

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Notes from the End

Coming to the Royal Court theatre this June is Anna Deavere-Smith, in her first performance in London for 25 years.

Drawing from interviews with more than 250 students, parents, teachers and staff caught up in America’s poverty to prison pipelineth, this Obie-Award winning solo performance, ‘Notes from the End’ shines a light on a lost generation of American youth and exposes a justice system that pushes youth of colour living in poverty out of the classroom and into prison.

On show from 13 – 23 June. Book your tickets here.

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Samuel French bookshop now open at the Royal Court

The new Samuel French bookshop can be found in the Balcony Bar at the Royal Court Theatre.

For over 200 years, the Samuel French bookshop has been a home to a huge range of plays and theatre books as well as offering expert advice. The newest shop is the perfect spot for book lovers and theatre lovers alike – a friendly place to browse and read, enjoy a coffee or even take part in regular live events.

Simon the store manager will be on hand to help and answer any questions you might have, so be sure to keep a look out for him!

 

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