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What’s On – International: 2nd – 8th Nov

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1. John Cleese – On Creativity

What – Conversation
When – 3rd – 9th November 2020

Creativity: some claim we’re born with it, while others – such as John Cleese – know first-hand that it is a skill that we can all acquire. Drawing on his lifelong experience as a writer, Cleese has advice for us all on how we can fire up our imaginations – and what to do if we think we’ve hit a brick wall. By explaining how our minds work as we search for inspiration, he shows us that we can be better at coming up with the kernel of an idea, refining it, and knowing that it is worth pursuing. Learn the skills we need to be more creative from a master in an evening of practical advice – and inevitable humour. Cleese is in conversation with journalist, author, broadcaster and table tennis player Matthew Syed. Presented in partnership with Penguin Live. This event is pre-recorded exclusively for the Southbank Centre.

Buy John Cleese’s book Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide –  Click here

2. The Language Of Wild Berries

What – Radio Play
When – Anytime
Where – Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, and Spotify

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The past, present, and future collide in the touching story of a couple’s annual road trips to the Caspian Sea and the mysterious stranger following them. Naghmeh Samini’s play is a rare glimpse into the lives of contemporary Iranians, as well as her first English language production in the United States.

Donya and Davood celebrate their wedding anniversary by traveling to the same sea side town where they spent their honeymoon. But on this trip, their 10th anniversary, a mysterious young man is following them. Who is he? What does he want? Trying to solve the mystery of the young man throws Donya and Davood into a time warp recalling their past nine anniversary trips. They remember what they have forgotten. But will that be enough to save their marriage?

3. The 24 Hour Plays – Viral Monologues

What – Monologues
When – Anytime
Where 24 Hour plays

Since 1995 The 24 Hour Plays have been responding to theatre in the moment. As the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic brought an end to live theatre in the USA and Europe, the company sprang to work to keep the arts alive bringing together some of America’s most prolific writers for the stage and screen. A selection of these monologues are available to view online with new ones added every week. 50 monologues have also been published recently. This unique and contemporary book collates the responses in dramatic fashion, making for an anthology of work that is timely, moving, irreverent and at its best, transcendent. Featuring original monologues by writers such as David Lindsay-Abaire, Clare Barron, Hansol Jung, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Christoper Oscar Pena, Jesse Eisenberg and Monique Moses this is a rich collection that can be enjoyed by actors, writers and those looking for creative responses to the global COVID-19 crisis.

You can buy the book here 

4. Crave

What – Live Stream
When – 2nd – 7th November 2020

Here I am, once again, here I am, here I am, in the darkness, once again”

In a damaged world, four characters search for the light.

Angry, funny, defiant, kind and cruel, Crave is a deeply personal meditation on the meaning of love.

Performed by Erin Doherty, Alfred Enoch, Wendy Kweh and Jonathan Slinger, this unique production will feature a sensory sound and videoscape created by director Tinuke Craig, designer Alex Lowde, lighting designer Joshua Pharo, film designer Ravi Deepres and composer Anna Clock; with movement by Jenny Ogilvie.

Sarah Kane is considered to be one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century. She came to prominence in 1995 when her first play Blasted opened in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court. Crave premiered in August 1998 at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

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