Women coming-of-age in a world of stigma, bad sex education and internet porn

three young women standing against a wall.

A trio of coming-of-age stories about virginity, pleasure, and identity is told by three young women (played by Kara Chamberlain, Vanessa Labrie, Cicely Long and Gina Ruysen) who discover sexual empowerment for the first time. Friday Night Love Poem looks at the challenges girls face when they begin exploring their sexuality in a world fuelled …

Demolition theatre: how HS2 is displacing the living and disturbing the dead

Montage of Euston.

A new docudrama opens on the stage this week about the highly controversial £80bn (and rising) construction project to build a high speed railway line from London to Birmingham. Human Jam will be performed at the Camden People's Theatre, a few hundred metres from where 63,000 bodies have been dug from graves, a hundred mature …

Tale of great but troubled writer Patrick Hamilton returns to the West End

Man on stage.

The life of a writer who set novels in Fitzrovia and gained fame with his plays will be told on stage with two performances in December. Mark Farrelly's solo play The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton returns to London's West End for two special performances at Leicester Square Theatre. Patrick Hamilton (1904-1962) …

Fitzrovia’s ‘lost’ theatre returns for a week of poetry and memorabillia

Front of polytechnic building.

Tucked away below a narrow street in Fitzrovia is a place that for nearly two decades was home to a radical theatre company. Now that hidden landmark on the neighbourhood's artistic heritage trail will open again for just one week. The Soho Poly theatre -- forerunner of today’s Soho Theatre on Dean Street -- operated …

Four survivors recall the trauma of childhood in chapel performance

Actors on stage.

At the Fitzrovia Chapel next month is a new play, Finishing Touches, by established theatre playwright Brian Daniels. This dynamic modern production explores the impact of childhood sexual abuse on survivors. Carol and her daughter Dawn struggle with their strained relationship. Neil and Roy, two old boarding school pals are thrown together again after 30 years. …

Theatre group take a serious look at the absurdity of health and safety

Two women performing on stage.

A theatre company is trying to stage a play when all of a sudden things are brought to halt and descend into absurdity by an impromptu visit from a health and safety inspector. That's the theme of a new play called "Safe" to be performed this month at the New Diorama Theatre. A climate of farcical risk …

Sister leads a band of brothers at The Wheatsheaf

Eleanor Dillion-Reams on stage.

A woman is impressing audiences with her performance of a male monarch upstairs in a mock-Tudor pub in Fitzrovia. Not only is she playing a king, but all the other parts, too. Based on "The Life and Times of Henry the Fifth" by William Shakespeare, "Henry V -- Lion of England" strips back the famous and lengthy stage play …

New Diorama inspired by Brecht for first in house theatre production

By News Reporters The New Diorama are taking their new production very literally. Marketing imitates art as they send three young women out onto the streets of Fitzrovia this afternoon in an amoral effort to seduce us into handing over our cash, albeit at a discount, for a night at the theatre. We're not sure …