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Whether looking to entertain the kids, or indulging in the world’s greatest love story over a cuppa, here are four very different online theatre fixes that might take your fancy...
RAMBERT DANCE - ROOMS
This imaginative new work from the highly acclaimed Rambert - presented in association with Birmingham Hippodrome - combines dance, theatre and film to present 17 dancers performing 36 separate scenes.
Fast-moving and eye-catching, the production offers its audience the chance to take a peek into the homes, lives and dramas shared by no fewer than 100 characters, as their sometimes absurd, often funny and occasionally sad stories are played out with all of Rambert’s usual style and flair.
Performances are live and must be viewed at the time of the purchased performance.
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JABALA AND JINN
Jabala is missing her deceased mother and wonders whether the voice she can hear speaking to her in Arabic is maybe her mum. With the help of a Shakespeare-loving refugee boy at her Bradford school, she summons a jinn and finds herself embarking on an altogether unexpected adventure... Combining physical theatre and music, Jabala And The Jinn has been written by Asif Khan for five to eight-year-olds and is here receiving its digital premiere.
“We don’t see much theatre or many stories about British Muslims, particularly for this age group,” says Asif. “These are children who are experiencing theatre for the first time, so seeing something that they can relate to will bring them back to the theatre again. It’s so important to see yourself represented. I know growing up I didn’t have that, and we can underestimate how important that is to children.”
THE RSC'S INTERVAL DRINKS
Actor and comedian Miles Jupp in conversation with Tim Minchin - to celebrate a decade since Matilda The Musical opened in the West End - kicks off the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) first ever in-house series of podcasts.
Interval Drinks aims to bring together some of the Company’s current actors with RSC artists who have inspired them. The series’ other guests include Dr John Kani, Adjoa Andoh, Charlotte Arrowsmith, Justin Audibert, Paul Chahidi and Juliet Gilkes Romero. The podcasts also provide listeners with a chance to find out about the history of the RSC, the craft of modern theatre and the secrets of life backstage.
You can listen to a new episode every Thursday on the RSC website, and also on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other major podcast platforms. Search ‘Interval Drinks RSC' to find the series.
THE NATIONAL THEATRE'S ROMEO & JULIET
One-time contestant on BBC TV talent show I'd Do Anything and nowadays a Hollywood star - with movies including the Academy Award-winning Judy under her belt - Jessie Buckley here stars as Juliet alongside The Crown’s Josh O’Connor as Romeo. The film brings to life the backstage spaces of the National Theatre, ‘making Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy sing in an entirely new way’. The supporting cast includes University of Birmingham graduate and Archers actress Tamsin Greig and Birmingham-born actor Adrian Lester, best known as con artist Michael ‘Mickey Bricks’ Stone in the long-running BBC television series, Hustle.
Romeo & Julliet premieres at 9pm Sunday 4 April on Sky Arts and will be repeated on Sky Arts on Easter Monday 5 April at 9.30pm and Thursday 8 April at 10pm.
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