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Joshua Finan (Cain) and Ivan Oyik (Riyad) in Shook. (Credit: The Other Richard)

London Theatre News Today: Wednesday 13 January

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai Published 13 January 2021

Papatango announces filmed release of Samuel Bailey’s Shook

Joshua Finan and Ivan Oyik sat at a table together with toy baby dolls in Samuel Bailey's ShookJoshua Finan (Cain) and Ivan Oyik (Riyad) in Shook. (Credit: The Other Richard)

Papatango today announces that the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize-winner Shook by Samuel Bailey – which was due to transfer to the West End when the pandemic hit – has been filmed and will be available to watch online from Friday 5 February until Sunday 28 February 2021.

Featuring the original cast – Josef Davies (Jonjo), Josh Finan (Cain), Andrea Hall (Grace) and Ivan Oyik (Riyad) – and with the original set/costume designs by Jasmine Swan and sound design by Richard Hammarton, the capture of the play was directed by Papatango’s Artistic Director George Turvey in collaboration with BAFTA-winning and multi-Emmy-nominated director James Bobin.

George Turvey, Artistic Director of Papatango, said today, “Having suffered the loss of the West End transfer, we are delighted to have found a way to share Sam’s fantastic play with a wider audience. We are hugely grateful to James, the cast, and the whole creative team for pulling together under difficult circumstances to make it possible. We hope that audiences around the world enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.”

The play, inspired by true stories, looks at three young offenders who are due to become fathers while incarcerated. As Cain, Riyad and Jonjo embark on parenting classes under the instruction of Grace, their different histories slowly emerge and their different futures take shape. Both funny and poignant, Shook examines the young people society shuts away.

Shook won the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize, debuting to critical acclaim at Southwark Playhouse, and was nominated for 7 OffWestEnd Awards and The Stage Debut Award for Most Promising Playwright. It became the best-selling world première in the venue’s history, and sold out on tour across England and Wales.

Tickets are £10, and give audiences access to stream the show for 48 hours after purchase via www.papatango.co.uk/shook – captions available. Papatango will mark the production’s online première with a live Q&A with the cast and creative team across its social media channels at 7.30pm on Friday 5 February.


Six announce further cancellations

It was announced today that all performances of Six at the Lyric Theatre will now be suspended until 1 March 2021. If you have a ticket for a suspended performance, please rest assured that you will be contacted as soon as possible.

If you’re missing the Queendom as much as we are, you’ll definitely appreciate a binge watch of all things Six. Settle in for an episode of inside scoops from Danielle Steers and Courtney Bowman, and an exclusive performance from all the Queens.


National Theatre supports learning with digital resources for young people and teachers

National Theatre’s Small Island (Credit: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg)

The National Theatre continues its commitment to supporting teachers and young people across the UK with at home digital resources and learning opportunities in 2021. From full length productions available to stream, a playwrighting course, online activities for primary age pupils, resources exploring backstage theatre and the annual Drama Teacher Conference – now online – there is something for both students and teachers.

Free streaming for state schools

The National Theatre Collection is a digital library of 30 world-class productions available to schools and universities worldwide. Productions include adaptations such as Small Island and Jane Eyre, Shakespearean tragedies Othello and King Lear, American classics such as A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic) and productions especially adapted for primary schools.

National Theatre Collection is available free of charge for state schools and Further Education colleges across the UK through Bloomsbury Publishing’s Drama Online platform and teachers can share log-in details with students to watch productions from home when remote learning. New learning resources added for this year include introductory teaching packs, lesson plans and workshop ideas and access to behind-the-scenes content such as rehearsal diaries.

Other academic institutions including libraries, universities, independent and international schools can access National Theatre Collection via a one-time payment for the full collection, or via an annual subscription in partnership with ProQuest and Bloomsbury. Click here to find out more.

Additional digital resources

To discover NT Learning’s range of digital resources including the New Views playwriting course with scripts, video collections about theatre-making, digital exhibitions, recorded talks and resource packs exploring NT productions visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning/at-home.

Alice King-Farlow, Director of Learning at the National Theatre said, “The National Theatre is determined to continue supporting teachers and students with resources and opportunities to learn about theatre-making, particularly while the majority of young people are learning from home. We are inspired by the way drama teachers have adapted to deliver the subject in new ways and hope the National Theatre Collection will give young people a chance to explore landmark productions while theatres remain closed. We look forward to connecting with drama teachers across the UK through our virtual Drama Teacher Conference to explore new approaches to drama with some of the most exciting practitioners across the industry and continue growing a community of remarkable teachers to share skills and learnings together”.


If you’re looking to enjoy some theatre this evening, pop over to our online calendar to see what’s on! And if perhaps, you’re feeling in the mood for a game, you can always play one of our fun theatre quizzes here.


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