This week touring company Townsend Theatre Productions are releasing an audio version of their acclaimed pre-COVID stage play 'Dare Devil Rides To Jarama', a historically focused piece about two British men who became involved in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.

It's a fascinating subject for a play, and I was intrigued to find out more about the piece and the real life characters depicted in it. I spoke to the company's Louise Townsend, producer and director, to find out more.

CLICK HERE to read this Caro Meets interview.

'Dare Devil Rides To Jarama' is available from 21 Sep via Bandcamp, see this page here.
As the COVID-19 shutdown extends, we are currently tipping the best in digital culture from from across the UK - including online shows from many of our favourite performers and companies who we first discovered at the Edinburgh Festival.

PLUS as real world socially distanced shows slowly return in London we'll be tipping some of those as well here in the TW Weekly each Monday morning. Whether you are in London, Edinburgh or anywhere else for that matter, there'll be something for you!


Greenwich Comedy Festival | National Maritime Museum | 23-27 Sep
This year's Greenwich Comedy Festival is going ahead - hurrah - in an outdoor, socially distanced manner and features the usual big name line up. At the time of writing, a number of nights have sold out but not all - so head this way quickly if you want to stand the chance of a quality night out at the National Maritime Museum!

Elf Lyons & Enemies | Battersea Arts Centre | 24 Sep
Another outside comedy option for you now, courtesy of Battersea Arts Centre's outdoor season of comical courtyard events. There are a number of shows to choose from this week, but I was always going to be attracted by this one, featuring as it does a definite TW favourite: Elf Lyons. And when I read who the enemies joining her are... well, that made it a must-see. See the venue website here for more.

Good Girl | Soho Theatre On Demand (pictured)
This one's an award winning comical play available via Soho On Demand, and it's one we heard many good things about at the old edfringe a couple of years back. "Growing up in the 90s, GG and her mates obsess over music, vaginas and witchcraft. But there's a problem. Living feels too extreme. To be one of the good girls, GG learns to make herself numb, but at what cost?" Click here.


Naked Boys Singing! | The Garden Theatre at The Eagle | 25 Sep-11 Oct
Another outdoor experience for you, this time a staging of international hit musical revue 'Naked Boys Singing', suitable for anyone who is a fan of seeing naked boys sing. Yeah, so possibly not for everyone, but I feel pretty sure there are readers out there who will be interested in seeing this... head this way for more info and to book.

Eyeb@lls Dreams And Streams | Camden People's Theatre | 25 Sep
Conrad Murray and Paul Cree of Beats & Elements - along with collaborators and supporters CPT - have created a platform for performers to do their thing and talk about their work via Instagram. A diverse range of performers will be lining up to exhibit their skills via a free to access livestream this Friday; read about them all right here.

The Black Cat presents La Poule Plombée | Zedel | 26 Sep (pictured)
Last week we told you to watch this online, but if you didn't, or if - in any case - you'd rather see it live anyway... here it is, being performed live: award winning musical character comedy from Sarah-Louise Young and Michael Roulston. "La Poule Plombée is a French singer tortured by jealousy and unrequited love. Propped up by her hen-pecked pianist Mumu, she weaves her darkly comic tale with beautiful original music and stunning vocals". Book here.


Romantics Anonymous | Bristol Old Vic | 22-25 Sep
"Angélique is a gifted chocolate maker crippled by social anxiety and Jean-René is the boss of a failing chocolate factory. Angélique is so timid, she faints when people look at her; Jean-René so awkward he relies on self-help tapes and is prone to embarrassing sweating. When Angélique takes a job in Jean-René's struggling factory, a fragile love affair unfolds". A new piece of musical theatre to be broadcast live via Bristol Old Vic. Find more info and book your ticket here.

The Dirty 30 II: Electric Pay-Per-View | 25-26 Sep
Degenerate Fox take their critically acclaimed stage show 'The Dirty Thirty!' online and you have two chances to see the company performing thirty plays over the course of just one hour. There's a mixture of previously performed favourites, plus fifteen new ones, and - as with the stage show - the audience chooses the order in which they are performed. See this page here for all the details.

Wanderers: A History Of Women Walking | Conway Hall | 23 Sep (pictured)
Kerri Andrews discusses her book 'Wanderers', which focuses on ten women who made walking an important part of their lives. "For each, walking was integral, whether it was rambling for miles across the Highlands, like Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt, or pacing novels into being, as Virginia Woolf did around Bloomsbury". Another fascinating sounding online event from Conway Hall - see this page here.
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