Roll up! Roll up! Get your fresh theatre! A market stall selling theatrical performances is the latest wheeze from the ever-pioneering Royal Court Theatre. And we’re not talking about any namby-pamby hipster market – *looks meaningfully at Broadway* – but Tachbrook Street Market, an old-school affair in the oft-overlooked working class heart of Pimlico. Officially opening today and set to run every Thursday and Friday 10am to 3pm until the end of August, the stand will offer ‘Pimlico Playground’ – a series of headphones pieces – and ‘Espresso Plays’, a series of short works that will be ‘made to order’ by a resident playwright based on local suggestions, plus a host of other events.
Is this a terrible idea? Or is it the future of market stalls? There’s only one way to find out.
And if you WOULD prefer a more namby-pamby market, redoubtable old Borough is coincidentally also getting in on the act later this summer with ‘Summer Shorts’, a six-week (June 10-July 18) programme of 15-minute plays that’ll be performed for tiny audiences inside an old ’60s caravan.