Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre’s MUSHY: LYRICALLY SPEAKING

An uplifting tale inspired by the true story of Musharaf Asghar (from the TV series Educating Yorkshire).

Dewsbury, 2013. Mushy, a young man with a debilitating stammer, finds himself at the centre of a television documentary. In a moment of inspiration from his teacher, Mr. Burton, he starts to find a rhythm in his voice through music. Social media erupts hailing it a miracle cure and both teacher and pupil become overnight celebrities.

But Mushy’s journey to find his voice has only just begun…

Rifco Theatre Company (Pyar Actually, Dishoom!) and Watford Palace Theatre, bring you the world premiere of this heart-warming new play written by Pravesh Kumar (Laila The Musical, The Deranged Marriage) infused with rap and lyrics by award-winning British rapper Raxstar (Keep It Undercover).

Suitable for audiences aged 8+

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to Rifco Theatre Company and Watford Palace Theatre to enable them to continue making new work after this crisis has passed.

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Hampstead Theatre’s DRAWING THE LINE

London, 1947. Summoned by the Prime Minister from the Court where he is presiding judge, Cyril Radcliffe is given an unlikely mission. He is to travel to India, a country he has never visited, and, with limited survey information, no expert support and no knowledge of cartography, he is to draw the border which will divide the Indian sub-continent into two new Sovereign Dominions. To make matters even more challenging, he has only six weeks to complete the task.

Wholly unsuited to his role, Radcliffe is unprepared for the dangerous whirlpool of political intrigue and passion into which he is plunged – untold consequences may even result from the illicit liaison between the Leader of the Congress Party and the Viceroy’s wife… As he begins to break under the pressure he comes to realise that he holds in his hands the fate of millions of people.

Howard Brenton‘s sweeping epic directed by Howard Davies vividly unfolds the chaotic story of the partition that shaped the modern world, in a production from 2013.

The production is available now until April 19th on demand.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Hampstead Theatre to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.

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WISE CHILDREN

Director Emma Rice brings her unique, musical and exuberant vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, in a production that has been seen at theatres across the UK. 

A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and pain, WISE CHILDREN is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, mischief and mistaken identity – and butterflies galore. 

Loved by audiences and critics since its premiere at The Old Vic, London, in 2019, WISE CHILDREN has been seen by theatregoers across the UK. 

With support from The Space, it was filmed live at York Theatre Royal in 2019.

Now the show is available on BBCiPlayer for two months

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Please note that BBCiPlayer may not be available outside the UK

Guidance – contains some strong language and sexual content

Alexander Zeldin’s LOVE

The National Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s co-production of Alexander Zeldin’s deeply affecting play LOVE was first seen at the end of 2016 and then subsequently toured in late 2018. It was then made into an on-location film for the BBC. That film is now available on the BBCiPlayer as part of their Culture in Quarantine programme.

In the run up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation. A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal.

In this work, written and directed by Alexander Zeldin, the audience are invited to bear witness to an intimate story of family love for our times.

Alexander Zeldin’s previous work includes the critically acclaimed, ‘raw’ (Financial Times) and ‘unforgettable’ (The Times) BEYOND CARING.

LOVE continues his unique approach to theatre, examining people- and the systems that try to support them – in crisis.

LOVE’s duration is one hour.

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Please note that BBCiPlayer may not be available outside the UK


Told By an Idiot’s GET HAPPY

Leading UK theatre company Told By an Idiot is responding to the coronavirus crisis by releasing one show a week from their recorded repertoire. This week is one of their great successes for families, younger audiences and anyone young in heart, GET HAPPY

And now you have an opportunity to see the show in the comfort of your own homes for free.


Enter a world of artfully controlled chaos.

There’s a mysterious bag that drops from a height.
Shoes have magical powers.
And the strangest egg sandwich is made in front of your eyes.

Physical comedy, live music, acrobatics, silly dancing and audience interaction all feature in this ‘madcap little gem’ (Time Out) – a show for kids and adults of all ages. Told by an Idiot has looked to the work of Charlie Chaplin, Dr Seuss and Pina Bausch to fashion an unexpected variety performance, bursting with quirky playfulness and off-the-wall humour.

The original production of GET HAPPY was commissioned by the Barbican London.

Reviews
★★★★★ ‘Anarchically inclusive joy… I now believe in the transformative power of theatre’ – The Sunday Times

‘Consistently funny. Applying its usual fresh, playful physicality, Told by an Idiot has come up with a quirky, upbeat show for children, which lives up to its name’ – The Stage

‘Madcap little gem’ – Time Out

‘Told by an Idiot do a fine line in silliness for this variety-style show for kids’ – The Telegraph


This company faces financial difficulty like all others, so please consider making a donation or becoming a supporter to help them keep going. Please give whatever you feel able.

The show is available on demand until April 16th.

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