If COVID-19 hadn't staged an unwelcome intervention, Rhiannon Faith's newest work 'Drowntown' would have been performed this month at the Barbican Centre.

The show's dates have been rescheduled, so hopefully many of you will be able to see it in person eventually. But in the meantime, Faith and her team (including performer Donald Hutera, pictured) have created a short film about the characters that appear in the stage show.

I spoke to Rhiannon to find out more about the show and the film, which will be launched online this week.

CLICK HERE to read this Caro Meets interview.

'Drowntown Lockdown' will be launched on 9 Jul at 8pm via Facebook (RhiannonFaithCo and BarbicanCentre), and will be followed by a Q&A with Rhiannon, director Adam Sheldon and selected cast members.
We're still recommending great culture online while London's venues remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these online shows are free to access but with options to make donations. If you can afford to support the performers and producers behind this entertainment that would be brilliant.


Jessica Fostekew | 7 Jul
As you probably all know by now - not least because we told you about it last week - the rather good on-demand stand-up comedy provider NextUp is holding a festival of live Zoom-based events throughout the month of July. You can view it all at a cost of £9 per show or by getting a bargain VIP pass for the whole season. If you have to choose just a few, though, here are three we would definitely recommend who are appearing this week. Starting with total TW fave Jess Fostekew.

Daliso Chaponda - Apocalypse Not Now | 9 Jul
"Coronavirus, riots, a meteor coming this way, earthquakes... It may seem like the end of the world but not quite yet". Up next is Daliso Chaponda, who you may well be entirely aware of given he rose to fame rather quickly via 'Britain's Got Talent' and is now a TV and radio regular, turning up on stuff like 'The News Quiz' and 'QI' and hosting 'Citizen Of Nowhere' on R4.

Anna Mann | 10 Jul
Finally, make time for Colin Hoult's much loved alter ego Anna Mann, a favourite of a number of our edfringe review team, one of whom once said "I couldn't help but become absolutely enamoured by the charismatic Anna". You can be enamoured too, just head over to this page here to organise access to this online festival and see the full list of shows you can expect to see over the course of the month.


Jonny & The Baptists Love You & Hate Covid | King's Place | 9 Jul (pictured)
Anyone who loves live performance is sad right now, I am sure, and the closer we get to the time that the old edfringe ought to be happening, the sadder I become. So, we are thinking a lot about our festival favourites right now, and that includes the excellent Jonny & The Baptists, who are doing a 'virtual tour' that's calling at King's Place this week. See this page here for all the info.

Lung Water | National Theatre Wales | until 11 Jul
Whenever I see that a show from National Theatre Wales is going to be on at the Edinburgh Festival, I mentally add it to the to-see list, so I have been busy monitoring their digital output over lockdown. This, from Chippy Lane Productions, is a rehearsed reading of a new play from Jacob Hodgkinson, and promises to be "a ferocious family tragicomedy packed with sharp twists and revelations". Click here.

Saturday Night Live At The Stand | 11 Jul
And finally to one of our favourite year round Edinburgh venues, which offers up a veritable smorgasbord of comedic treats at Festival time. You may know full well that they've been doing live shows online during lockdown (not least because we ourselves mentioned it in recent times) but if you didn't, take note: this week the show involves a number of acts we love, with a line up consisting of Rosco McLelland, Stu Murphy, Bylgja Babylons, Marc Jennings and Ashley Storrie, with host Mark Nelson. More here.


Acts Against God - A Short History Of Blasphemy | Conway Hall | 12 Jul
"A phenomenon that spans human experience, from the ancient world right up to today's ferocious religious debates, blasphemy is an act of individuals, but also a widespread and constant presence in cultural, political and religious life". Another great sounding talk-via-Zoom from the Conway Hall programme. Read more about it right about here.

Charlie Ward At Home | Fuel / Sound & Fury | until 20 Jul (pictured)
It's been available for a while and I meant to mention it earlier, but you still have plenty of time to absorb this theatrical installation. It was first staged in a makeshift hospital tent with beds for an audience of ten people and immersive surround sound, but has been reimagined in the face of the COVID crisis as an experience you can partake of at home. See this page to find out more.

Dancing At Dusk - A Moment With Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring | Sadler's Wells | until 31 Jul
A rather exciting one now from Sadler's Wells' programme of digital output for all you dance fans out there. "Filmed as the world descended into lockdown it captures the last rehearsal of a specially assembled company of 38 dancers from fourteen African countries, and documents a unique moment in their preparations for an international tour. A rare opportunity to watch one of the world's greatest dance works". Watch it here.
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