I tend to see a lot of the bigger, flashier West End shows but since moving to London I’ve found an appreciation for smaller off West End Productions so each month I want to highlight some of them for you.
LAST MAN STANDING – Theatre N16 (November 12th – 18th) Tickets £15/12/10
The heart is torn from a sleepy English village by the tragic events of the first day of the Somme. This play explores the fine line which divides loyalty and duty; love and obsession. A haunting tale which asks the question: could you make the ultimate sacrifice for a brother in arms? Last Man Standing was originally devised, written and directed by students on a field trip to Derbyshire. Scenes were improvised outside in ‘trenches’, and the relationships between the friends reflect the real friendships of those who participated. As such, this piece rings very true, as many of those who entered the war were of the students’ age.
HIDING HEIDI – Etcetera Theatre (November 21st – December 3rd) Tickets £12/£10
Heidi loves living in Stoke on Trent, she loves her English friends, and most of all she loves her work as a nurse. She’s made her life in England, but a dark cloud is looming. Heidi loses her job and is threatened with immediate deportation. Will she be captured by the sinister Immigration Office with its vast network of informers? Will she find somewhere to hide? Will she even find love amidst the hate and intolerance of post Brexit Britain?
ORDINARY DAYS – Drayton Arms (November 21st – December 9th)
Ordinary Days is a contemporary musical, set in modern-day New York. It follows the parallel lives of four young city-dwellers struggling to find meaning in the madness: Claire, who can’t let go of her past; Jason, determined to begin their future together; Warren, an artist who’s lost his sense of purpose; and Deb, a student who’s lost her thesis notes. It is a witty, poignant, and ultimately very relatable story about human connection and finding beauty in unexpected places.