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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salt., Royal Court Theatre Sloane Square


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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The Muddy Choir

The Muddy Choir is a play about growing up and the humanizing power of music being performed on 10 November.

Focusing on three young soldiers serving up with the Durham Light Infantry in 1917, the story shows Will, Robbie and Jimbo being thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing fields and estates of their Sunderland roots. Inspired by their childhood oath ‘nee killing, anly singing’, Robbie dreams that music will be their ticket away from the front. Unfortunately, attracting the attention of their commanding officers may prove more dangerous than bullets or gas.

The play was commissioned and produced by Theatre Centre and written by Jesse Briton to mark the centenary of WW1.

For more info and to book your tickets, visit the National Army Museum website here.


Image by Sarah London.


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The Royal Court receives four Olivier Awards

At Sunday night’s Olivier Awards, ‘The Ferryman’ received Best New Play, Best Director (Sam Mendes) and Best Actress for Original Cast Member (Laura Donnelly), while Killology by Gary Owen won Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre.

‘The Ferryman’ had its world premier at The Royal Court in April 2017 and due to overwhelming success, transferred to the West End. Including current cast members, Rosalie Craig and Owen McDonnell, the play closes at the Gielgud Theatre on 19 May, before opening on Broadway in October. Don’t miss your last chance to see it in London, book here!

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The Gift

‘The Gift’ will be on stage at the Chelsea Theatre this April and is sure to give you a wonderful evening of entertainment.

Critics have described Edward Dermontford as one of the ‘most widely respected and sublimely gifted actors of his generation’ whilst friends have admired him as a ‘spectacular and exemplary gentleman’. His phenomenal career as an actor has earned him countless accolades including an Academy Award win for ‘Fresh Young Actor’. 30 years in the industry, Edward proclaims his conquering of the acting world, following a second Academy Award nomination which means it’s time to party!

In the audience, you will join Edward and some of his friends during their evening’s celebrations following his nomination. Drinks are flowing, scandal is spread and attitudes are questioned as Hollywood producers, distinguished directors, silver-screen beauties reflect upon his life and seemingly unstoppable career. The evening however takes a turn for the unexpected; will it prove Edward to be the idol he appears or will the night expose painful realities he thought long extinguished? Will this seemingly intimate and pleasant gathering uncover the cost of success and ambition?

Book your tickets here to see the action unfold in this exciting performance.


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Instructions for Great Assembly

Harry and Max were not satisfied with their first attempt at parenting so they’re giving it a second go. This time, they’ve got a 30 day money back guarantee and an easy to follow instruction manual. Surely this will result in parenting perfection?

“This might be a little more complicated than the bed but still, I’m sure it’s the kind of thing we can crack on our own.”

Follow the pair, in Thomas Eccleshare’s Royal Court debut, as they follow the manual step-by-step. Enjoy the hugely entertaining performance which explores the themes of power, control, gender and of course, 21st Century parenting.


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Royal Court Chelsea

Grimly Handsome

Taking place inside The Site, a new performance space at Chelsea’s Royal Court, this is an adaptation of award-winning play Grimly Handsome. Exploring the boundaries of an unnamed American city, this is a thrilling piece of theatre that’s bound to inspire with its dense yet darkly comedic material.


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Bad Roads Royal Court

Bad Roads

Written by Natal’ya Vorozhbit, heralded as the leading Ukrainian playwright of her generation, Bad Roads tells the story of what it’s like to be a woman in wartime. Translated by Sasha Dugdale and directed by Vicky Featherstone, this production is set to be thought provoking and powerful.


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