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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Last Word Festival; Hampstead’s autumn programme

27 May, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

A SPOKEN word and music tribute to London’s disappearing nightlife kick-starts this year’s Last Word Festival at the Roundhouse.

Performed by the band Benin City, Last Night combines live music, poetry and audio interviews from the DJs and ravers who were part of it.

The Roundhouse’s ninth Poetry Slam also takes place from tonight (Thursday), with the final on June 8, while poet and writer Sabrina Mahfouz will host an evening of writing from young women of British Muslim heritage in The Things I Would Tell You, challenging conventional perceptions of Muslim women.

Meanwhile, British Nigerian artist Yomi looks at the joys and challenges of dual heritage in Coat, and Francesca Beard will also take a look at the world of make believe and its impact in our world today. As part of the project, Beard is creating an archive of lies – go to www.posttruthapocalypse.com for submissions. For more details call 0300 6789 222.

• HAMPSTEAD Theatre has announced details of its autumn programme, which includes Prism, a play based on the life of legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff, that will star Robert Lindsay and Claire Skinner and opens in September.

The theatre has also announced plans to encourage playwrights between the ages of 18 and 25 with a year-long mentoring programme that starts in September. Award-winning playwright Roy Williams will work with the playwrights over the course of one year to develop and complete a full-length play. Applications open on May 29.

The Downstairs Club, a new membership, has also been launched offering priority bookings for 16- to 30-year-olds. For details call 020 7722 9301.

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