Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: La Bohème; Kinder; Come What May; But What If You Die?; The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs

Thursday, 5th May — By Lucy Popescu

The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs Soho Theatre

The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs is at the Soho Theatre

LA Bohème, directed by Mark Ravenhill, is at the King’s Head Theatre until May 28. In this contemporary queer re-invention of Puccini’s opera, penniless writer Robin struggles to monetise his writing but a hookup with a Liberty perfume salesman – known to his friends as Mimi – leads to unexpected blossoming of romantic passion. Meanwhile Robin’s flatmate, Marcus, pursues an on-off relationship with Marissa who is torn between the idealism of loving an artist and the financial security of a banker. The four friends struggle to reconcile love with artistic aspiration and the need to pay the bills.

Featuring table-top puppetry and cinematic shadow play, Smoking Apple’s Kinder is at Little Angel Theatre from May 11-14. Escaping on a Kindertransport train, one small Czech-Jewish girl travels across Europe to find peace; from bon bons in Germany to the smell of the sea in Margate, Babi discovers how tiny acts of kindness can change the course of a person’s life. For ages 11-16.

• Merging gig, memoir and philosophical enquiry, Adam Lenson’s solo show, But What If You Die? explores what you learn when faced with your mortality. Developed as part of Camden People’s Theatre Starting Blocks residency, the show moves from Fleetwood Mac to Tetris, from lecture halls to CT scanners, through parallel universes and back and forward in time, and asks: why are we here and how can we live more meaningfully? From May 10-14, 7pm.

The Park Theatre’s Come What May Festival aims to support local and UK-wide talent from various backgrounds. The festival runs until May 26 with 16 shows playing in Park90. In devised comedy, The Net Kill, set at the end of the 19th century, a five-man badminton team are sent on a quest to vanquish a mysterious beast that has been terrorising the English countryside. Incognito explore notions of friendship, brotherhood, and how men express their emotions and support each other in the face of grave danger. Until May 7. Duncan Henderson’s The Polished Scar questions what it takes to shape a leader and grow from an innocent newborn into a manipulator. Henderson presents a life seen through snapshots and character defining moments, where personal traits are smothered or defined. May 9-12.

• In Iman Qureshi’s musical comedy, The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs, a female choir are on a mission to unite a disparate and dwindling community. Led by a world-weary conductor, the choir flirt, gossip and attempt to sing their way onto the main stage at Pride. But harmony is more easily dreamt than realised in this tale of love, queerness, and belonging. Soho Theatre, until June 11.

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