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You can’t stop the boats: Sorry We Didn’t Die At Sea @ParkTheatre

Sorry We Didn’t Die At Sea by Italian playwright Emanuele Aldrovandi and translated by Marco Young, has made a topical return to London at the Park Theatre after playing earlier this summer at the Seven Dials Playhouse. In a week when leaders and leaders in waiting were talking about illegal immigration, it seemed like a topical choice . It also has one hell of an evocative title. The piece opens with Adriano Celantano’s Prisencolinensinainciusol , which sets the scene for what we are about to see. After all, a song about communication barriers seems perfect for a play about people trafficking and illegal immigration. One side doesn’t understand why they happen, and the other still comes regardless of the latest government announcement / slogan .  However, the twist here is that the crossing is undertaken the other way. People are fleeing Europe instead of escaping war or poverty in Africa or the Middle East. It’s set sometime in the not-too-distant future. There is a crisis causing p

Dancing in the streets: The Theatre Channel

The Theatre Cafe continues its online series of showcasing performers with well-known songs from Broadway and the West End and available through  Stream.Theatre. The site has become a source for West End-flavoured entertainment over the past year, and its a musical revue and showcase for some of the West End's best-known performers.

Shot at the Theatre Cafe and locations around the West End The Charing Cross Theatre, the production uses the empty spaces that would typically be where tourists, workers and Londoners would be. The episodes are a celebration and reminder of what we've been missing with the closure of theatres. 

The performers include Kerry Ellis singing Always Starting Over from If/Then, Layton Williams singing Hold Me In Your Heart from Kinky Boots. And Katie Deacon performing Music And The Mirror from A Chorus Line across the empty streets of London, serving as a reminder about the pandemic's toll on both the city and the industry. 

There's an additional commentary for A Chorus Line as a tribute to choreographer, director and producer Bob Avian, who passed away in January. John Breglio, Baayork Lee, and Antonio Banderas talk about the background of the show and the 2019 Spanish Production. There are hopes to take this production to Broadway in the not too distant future. 

Directed by Thom Southerland with musical supervision by Michael England and choreography by Ashley Nottingham, The Theatre Channel's latest episode is available to stream now. Previous episodes are also available to download and enjoy at your leisure. 

Photo by Edward Johnson

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