Hampstead Theatre has announced its first three productions of 2019. Highlights include: Martyna Majok’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Cost of Living, making its UK premiere directed by Edward Hall on the Main Stage.
Izzy Tennyson’s Grotty at the Bunker Theatre is a brutally frank depiction of an element of LGBT life not much explored on London’s stages.
Semi-autobiographical in nature, Grotty – which is written by Izzy Tennyson and directed by Hannah Hauer-King – looks at the Dalston lesbian subculture in east London.
Grotty is a sharp new play that’s full to the brim with humour, as well as hiding a dark heart – cleverly directed and brilliantly performed.
Theatre has recently taken on more female queer stories with Turkey, Lobster, The Gulf and now Grotty featuring prominently in fringe theatre seasons.
A look around at audience reactions is enough to confirm that Grotty does what it sets out to do: bring an often overlooked subculture into the spotlight in a way that’s both educational and inclusive.
Humble Boy is a play about life and about families, about how nothing can be certain no matter how hard we try. Not all our ambitions and hopes will be rewarded with stars and recognition. And it is a masterclass in writing from Charlotte Jones.
Characterised by black humour, loopy writing and good acting, Humble Boy at the Orange Tree Theatre combines laugh-out-loud delights with a quietly moving ending.
Seventies teenager Meena lives in Tollington, a former mining village in England’s Black Country in Anita and Me. Meena is a thoroughly British Asian, but mum Daljit and dad Shyam have a different perspective, having left their native India to give their daughter every opportunity.
Anita and Me is set in 1970s and yet the topics, issues and heart of the piece are all remarkably current given the political times we are living.