Mare Rider: Arcola Theatre

Dalston is a treasure trove of goings-on outside the usual dominating nightlife favs, one of which is the cultural beacon of thespianship (new word) that is the Arcola Theatre. There’s a new play on that’s setting the stage alight, written by the adroit scribe Leyla Nazli, that packs more punch than a night down the Kray Brothers. It’s all smouldering with ancient myths, politics, feminism, power, nightmares, passion, and some humour thrown in for good measure. Get down there and rub your face in some theatre. Go on, get stuck in, smother it all over your eye-holes. It’s on until the 16th February. We’ve already been down to check it out, we recommend you do the same.

Elka is the sinister Mare Rider, in myth she haunts new mothers and rides bareback through mountains and across the plains of Anatolia. 

Selma is about to give birth at Homerton Hospital in Hackney, Elka takes her on a fantastical journey, probing the spaces between Selma’s nightmarish visions and the reality of those around her.