Later this month, World Stages London - a unique season of international theatre - will be looking to bring together the melting pot of London’s cultures with the capital’s renowned theatre scene. Each show celebrates the diversity of London and its rich history, drawing inspiration from all over the globe including the UK, India, China, France, South Africa, Germany, Estonia, Brazil, Cuba, Nigeria, the Middle East and the US.
Taking place from April onwards, in conjunction with the best theatres including the Battersea Arts Centre, Bush Theatre and the Young Vic, this will also reinforce the diversity of the festival. Shows I’m particularly excited to see include the Wah! Wah! Girls featuring the Mujra dancers and is a mixture of dance sequences and romance, set in the modern British-Asian community , as well as Babel, created to be shown outside in the gorgeous Caledonian Park, Islington.
And for those interested in the background of theatre, there are public talks such as ‘Never Waste A Good Crisis – the pleasures of collaboration’, which will give you a chance to hear how the directors coordinated and conducted World Stages. There’s also ‘As Everyday As Breathing? Translating across cultures’ covering the impact of translating across cultures and ‘Live and Digital – digital technology and international performance’. For a technology lover like me, I’ll be going to this one as it looks at how technology influences live performances and the ways theatre can incorporate modern devices into their shows. But to find out more of what’s in store, visit www.worldstageslondon.com. (Words: Lucy Palmer)