Yet another of those mix and match columns because, once again, there’s more going on than I have separate slots for.
I’ve long been impressed with the community work Royal Central School of Speech and Drama does, especially in the breaking down of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) stereotyping and prejudice.
Now Talawa Theatre Company is working with Central. Talawa’s annual training initiative, TYPT, was set up in 1995. This year it sees 14 emerging practitioners working collaboratively with theatre director Mojisola Adebayo, and a professional multi-disciplinary team, to devise an original piece of theatre exploring gender and sexuality.
Over four weeks of intensive rehearsals the emerging and established practitioners will collaborate to develop their practice, test ideas and explore new ways of working. The four weeks culminate in public performances of Sweet Taboo by the TYPT Company at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s Embassy Theatre between 15 and 17 August. Tickets and further details from www.talawa.com
In a completely different mood I attended a party at Unicorn Theatre last week, accompanied by a two year old and her mother. Actually, We Dance, Wee Groove is billed as a piece of theatre for age 2-7, courtesy of Stillmotion Productions. In practice most of the children present must have thought they were at a very special party as they danced their way round the world with the talented Penny Chivas, Laura-Anne Smith and Louis Magee. Not easy to work surrounded by children who don’t always move back when they’re asked to and you can see the performers’ training and professionalism kicking in.
And what a treat the music is – Scottish reels, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sugar Plum, Richard Strauss, Star Wars, Louis Armstrong and much more. Tunes and rhythms are the order of the day. It runs until August 11. Take a child and let your hair down.
And still on ways of getting children to the theatre, Kids Week 2013 – which runs for the whole of August – began last week. A SOLT initiative, it offers free tickets for West End shows and activities for children which, given the price of taking a family to a show, is pretty good news. One child goes free with a paying adult and two more go half price.
Participating shows include We Will Rock You and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. There’s a full list on the website: www.kidsweek.co.uk or phone 0844 248 5151. Now in its sixteenth year, Kids Week sold 130,000 tickets last year.