TCS Previews: Theatre Weeks 5-6

Alex Sorgo 15 February 2018

Ready for more Cambridge theatre? Prepare to travel far and wide from the usual hives of Corpus and ADC (though they will not be forgotten).

Week 5 brings much to be seen. The fifth annual Italian-language production by the Cambridge Italian Society at Robinson- Morte Accidentale di Un Anarchico: The Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Thursday 15th- Saturday 17th). The city is in uproar following news of the mysterious death of an anarchist who fell from a window during a police interview. The police is in panic, fearing the population will begin to riot. With the arrival of a mysterious newcomer, there situation is made worse as he embroils the police in a series of games, ranging from the ridiculously farcical to the deadly serious.

Also, that weekend, Sofa on the Mile (Fitzpatrick Hall, Queens) takes us back to the summer of the Edinburgh Fringe, as three actors, a director and a producer emerge from the last night of their show worn out by their performance and each other. Now they only need to transport their one piece of set, a sofa, from the pavement on the Royal Mile back to their accommodation. A sharp new tragicomedy about youth, hurt and endings, about the things that are gone by morning, and the things that refuse to be left behind.

At the ADC Wander, explores Faryn, a girl used to keeping to herself, living alone in a huge tree with only her guardian to keep her company, and only storytelling to pass the time, and life is comfortable and predictable, that is until she ventures further from the tree than ever before. The Lateshow presents Boys will be Boys, by Melissa Bubnic, a story about how people adapt to survive in an environment where toxic masculinity is held in highest esteem. As a Valentine’s treat, Cambridge's most wholesome Drag Collective are coming to present you with: Dragtime!: Speed Date. *Hosted by the gorgeous Princess Porcelynn* So, lonely hearts come one and all to meet the most beautiful Kings, Queens, and inbetweens that Cambridge has to offer!

At Corpus, the award-winning satire on terrorism and nationalism, The Lieutenant of Inishmore depicts Mad Padraic, hard at work torturing a drug pusher when the news comes through that his beloved cat is poorly. Thus, he heads back to the island of Inishmore., but when he arrives home, he discovers shenanigans involving shoe polish, an assassination plot, and a teenaged gun-toting admirer.

In Week 6, The CUOS mainshow is the operatic highlight of the Cambridge calendar, this year bringing Donizetti's sparkling comedy, L’Elisir D’amore (The Elixir of Love), to West Road Concert Hall. Sung in Italian (with English surtitles), and with full orchestra and chorus; this is a fully-staged production, suitable for all the family.

The Bard meanwhile is returning to the stage, as Corpus’ mainshow: Coriolanus. Amid battle, a Roman soldier of great renown defends his city from invasion by his sworn enemy. However, following the victory, Coriolanus must face the demands of potential famine, a divided senate and restless citizenry. The Lateshow in contrast brings us I.M.P.R.O.V.: an Improvised Sitcom, as the Impronauts bring a new sitcom to Cambridge every night for one glorious week.

Weeks 5 and 6 bring an array of comedy, drag, opera and thriller, so don’t miss out on getting tickets.