February is a short month, which means we have less time to cram in all the theatre we want to see!
If you can find a way to slot in some shows this month what with Pancake Day and Valentine’s, then please take note of my suggestions and grab yourself a seat! And if you’re looking for somewhere to eat before or after, that’s local to the theatre, just get in touch – I always have a few secret places to share with you…
Oh and don’t forget about the £10 seats every Monday at the Royal Court Theatre – always a good one to have up your sleeve!
Weald by Daniel Foxsmith
Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Tuesday 2nd– Saturday 27th February
It’s rare to find a show about male emotions but Weald is just that. It is a terse and delicate dissection of male emotions from a rural perspective: fathers and sons, honour and legacy, molasses and mud. After eight years away Jim arrives ‘home’ to a remote livery yard in rural England. He’s in need of work. It didn’t end so well last time, but he’s sure that this time it’ll be different… Sam, as old as the fixtures and fittings themselves, reluctantly agrees – there’s work to be done after all. As the men attempt to pick up from where they left off, fresh cracks appear beside old wounds. Things have changed. But the world can only be held at bay for so long before the two men will have to answer for their actions. Looking at what it is to be a man in 2016, this new play is definitely worth a look. But, take your tissues!
OSO Arts Centre, 29 Station Road, London SW13 0LF
Tuesday 9th – Saturday 20th February
What really goes on backstage, when the public face is replaced by the private one? Dress Rehearsal follows five performers over one evening as they endeavour to bring opera to a London pub. Alternating between the bar and the intimate setting of the dressing room, the play explores the failures, ambitions and rivalries of the performers over a night when tensions between them come to a head. Using opera and traditional music to express the emotions at the heart of the play, Dress Rehearsal looks at the pain of coming to terms with failed ambitions and lost opportunities – yet at the same time it is a tale of hope, camaraderie, forgiveness and love.
The Eulogy of Toby Peach
The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st February
Terrifyingly, one in two of us will experience cancer first-hand. Toby Peach has bravely brought this universal issue to the stage and now his highly-acclaimed, five-star, award-winning show is coming to London. Good as we didn’t want to miss out! The Eulogy of Toby Peach is the story of Toby’s journey with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes that he faced at the age of 19 and again at 21. Toby didn’t know what cancer was, what happens when it’s treated and the effects it can have. A Eulogy is a celebration of life – we will all need one; Toby is just delivering his now. The Eulogy of Toby Peach is a discovery of self-mortality and this original piece explores a true story and an important and difficult subject in a refreshing, insightful and humorous way.
Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW
Tuesday 16th February – Saturday 12th March
Remember Jake Brunger who wrote Adrian Mole the Musical? Well now he has written his first full-length play and it’s at Theatre503 this month. This comic play about sex, relationships and fidelity in the 21st explores the muddy dynamics of faithfulness and infidelity, Four Play questions what it takes to make a couple truly ‘compatible’. How do you really know when it is time to settle down and when do you run for the hills?
FIREBIRD by Phil Davies
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY
Wednesday 17th February – Saturday 19th March
Phil Davies’ debut play Firebird, directed by Hampstead’s Artistic Director Edward Hall, is a searing thriller that movingly illustrates how easily young people are exploited and used. The play responds to nationwide cases of child sexual exploitation throughout Britain, including those in Davies’ hometown of Rochdale. The play powerfully dramatises how the innocent are all too often failed by the authorities who are meant to protect them. Firebird is a story of hope – unfortunately based on truth. It’s particularly pertinent at the moment as, throughout the play’s run, Parliament will be debating The Policing and Criminal Justice Bill. This vital legislation has the potential to increase the ability to tackle child sexual exploitation and provide children and young people who are at risk, or have been victims of this crime, with more protection.
Eggs by Florence Keith-Roach
The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
Wednesday 24th February – Sunday 6th March
Eggs, by rising star Florence Keith-Roach, is a dark comedy about female friendship, fertility and freaking out. This is a story about coming to terms with the absurd horror of one’s own fragmentation in the world; a world where IVF, pop-feminism, Scarlett Johansson, MDMA and Cher’s 90s comeback album all chaotically co-exist. In the end, it is friendship, however flawed, which rescues these women from utter abstraction. Eggs is about young women trying to figure out who they are. It is about young people trying to figure out how to exist. It is a truly great depiction of the enduring qualities of friendship. So grab a girlfriend and get down there!