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Natasha Tripney’s theatre picks: July 14

Jamal Harewood in The Privileged, which is at Flare Festival, Manchester. Photo: Tara Yarahmadi Jamal Harewood in The Privileged, which is at Flare Festival, Manchester. Photo: Tara Yarahmadi
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For the second week running, everything (well, almost everything) is happening in Manchester. The Greater Manchester Fringe is now well underway and it’s the last week of the Manchester International Festival. The Flare Festival also takes place this week.

Simon Bird. Photo: Ruth Crafer
Simon Bird. Photo: Ruth Crafer

The Crocodile – Pavilion Theatre, Manchester

The centrepiece of Manchester International Festival’s partnership with production company The Invisible Dot is The Crocodile, a new comic play by Tom Basden based on the Doesteovesky short story and starring The Inbetweeners’ Simon Bird.

Camelot: The Shining City – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

This reworking of the King Arthur story by Sheffield People’s Theatre and Slung Low, specialists in spectacular theatrical experiences and the company responsible for last year’s thrilling The White Whale in Leeds, will feature a community cast of 150, the performance spreading from the Crucible out into the streets of Sheffield.

Flare Festival – various venues, Manchester

This festival of new international work takes place at a number of venues around Manchester between July 13-17. Highlights look set to include Jamal Harewood’s The Privileged and a new work in progress from Andy Smith. Megan Vaughan has gone into more details about Flare Festival in her column.

Blind – Soho Theatre, London

This collaboration between beatboxer Grace Savage and the theatre company the Paper Birds is hard to categorise – a mix of autobiography along with a bit of the history of vocal manipulation – but it’s a treat to experience. Savage has an entire percussion section in her mouth and her performance style is dazzling, especially when she intersperses the beats with snatches of lyrics.

Pat Kinevane in Silent. Photo: Ger Blanch
Pat Kinevane in Silent. Photo: Ger Blanch

Silent – Soho Theatre, London

Staying in Soho with my next pick and while I’ve yet to see it, I’ve heard brilliant things about Pat Kinevane’s mesmerising exercise in solo storytelling for Fishamble. “Theatre at its purest,” according to our five-star review.

Going Viral – Northern Stage, Newcastle

On July 15 and 16 there’s a chance to see Daniel Bye’s latest show about contagion, the internet and the spread of ideas ahead of its run as part of the Northern Stage line-up at Summerhall. Bye’s previous shows include The Price of Everything and How to Occupy an Oil Rig and his work is always thought provoking.

Lungs – Southbank Centre, London

There’s still a chance to catch Duncan Macmillan’s potent, questioning two-hander Lungs, presented by Paines Plough at their in-the-round pop-up venue, Roundabout, which you can find at the Southbank until July 18.

Photo: Paul Wesley Griggs
Latitude. Photo: Paul Wesley Griggs

Latitude Festival – Henham Park, Suffolk

It’s time to dye the sheep pink again this weekend, as Latitude, now in its 10th year, takes over Southwold’s Henham Park from July 16-19. Portishead and Noel Gallagher are headlining but there’s also an excellent programme of theatre and performance, including new work by Clean Break, Bryony Kimmings and Action Hero, as well as a Forest Fringe residency and poetry from Ross Sutherland, Tim Key and John Cooper Clarke.

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