Touring news - May

Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 1st May, 2017

Bollywood, Lightning Under Their Skirts, Othello, Golem

Bring On The Bollywood – tour starts 6 May

A romantic comedy, Bring On The Bollywood is a love story with all the colour and vibrancy of classic Bollywood.

The show features a cast of British Asian performers with newcomer Nisha Aaliya as the heroine with Yanick Ghanty, Anthony Sahota, Avita Jay, Robby Khela, Rohit Gokani, Sophie Kandola, Sakuntala Ramanee, Subhash Viman, Jo Bispham, Mithun Gill, Raheem Mir, Emiko Ishii and Kesha Raithatha.

The show's producers are Phizzical Productions who specialise in producing and commissioning classical, contemporary and popular arts influenced by Asian, Arabic and African cultures.

The director is the London Asian Film Festival's creative director, Samir Bhamra.

Bring On The Bollywood visits Coventry Belgrade Theatre, Ipswich New Wolsey Theatre, London Rose Theatre Kingston, Doncaster Cast, Hornchurch Queens Theatre, Poole Lighthouse, London artsdepot, York Theatre Royal, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Cornwall Hall for Cornwall, Oxford Oxford Playhouse and Peterborough Vivacity Peterborough.

Lightning Under Their Skirts – tour starts 9 May

A second play touring in May under the auspices of the The National Rural Touring Forum is Lightning Under Their Skirts by award-winning, former Cheshire poet laureate, Joy Winkler.

This funny play looks at the world of a young man at the start of the colourful '60s.

Lightning Under Their Skirts is directed by Kevin Dyer. The show visits Whitby Hall Studio Cheshire, St Anne's Library Lancashire, The Barlow Edgworth Lancashire, Calder Vale Village Hall Lancashire, Macclesfield Library Cheshire, Holmes Chapel Library Cheshire, Tarvin Community Centre Chester.

Othello – tour starts 9 May

Richard Twyman directs Shakespeare's Othello for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory which tours in a co-production with English Touring Theatre.

Abraham Popoola plays Othello with Norah Lopez Holden as Desdemona, Mark Lockyer as Iago, Brian Lonsdale as Roderigo and Katy Stephens as Emilia.

Othello tours to Exeter Northcott Theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall London and Neuss Shakespeare Festival.

Golem – tour starts 10 May

Multi-award-winning theatre company 1927 tours nationally and internationally with Golem, a satire on the misuse of technology.

Featuring live performance and music with film and animation, Golem is directed and written by Suzanne Andrade, with film, animation and design by Paul Barritt. Music is by Lillian Henley with drums and percussion by Will Close.

The cast is made up of Genevieve Dunne, Nathan Lane, Philippa Hambly, Rowena Lennon and Felicity Sparks with Ben Whithead as the voice of Golem with additional voiceover by Suzanne Andrade.

Golem is a 1927, Salzburg Festival, Théâtre de la Ville Paris and Young Vic Theatre co-production. UK tour venues for Golem are Theatre Royal Plymouth, Bristol Old Vic, #PULSE17 New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Oxford Playhouse and Harrogate Theatre.

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