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The politics of the final bow: Why I hate staging curtain calls

In Dance, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

What does a choreographers job really consist of? Staging a number – big or small , yes of course. Making scene changes look elegant and fluid – you bet. Ask me to stage a curtain call and you’ll probably find me cowering under the nearest table waving a white flag in surrender. Years ago whilst…






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NEWS: Two Mates launch Network of Independent Critics for Edinburgh Fringe

In Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, Inspiring people, Native, News, Press Releases, Quotes, Regional theatre, Scotland by Press Releases1 Comment

Two syndicate Mates in the My Theatre Mates collective – Katharine Kavanagh and Laura Kressly – today announce the Network of Independent Critics for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Read on for full details including how to apply. Well done, Katharine and Laura! Providing accommodation for established independent critics to visit Edinburgh Fringe without breaking the bank. Increasing media coverage of …

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Wrestling With Elephants … and bad reviews

In Dance, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Andrew WrightLeave a Comment

Our brilliant Mrs Henderson Presents lyricist Don Black once said that mounting a new musical was like wrestling with an elephant. How true he is. After months of hard labour, Mrs Henderson Presents finally had its West End debut last week. We have all put our heart and soul into this production and no matter how many times we all reassure ourselves with the thought that reviews don’t really matter the horrid truth is they do. Bad/mixed reviews hurt deep down into the very soul of you.






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SHREK – Touring

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

As the Shrek UK tour draws to a close, it was fun to catch up with the show’s final week at Manchester’s Lowry Theatre. Long long ago, before Shrek became a stage musical, it was an award winning DreamWorks movie that stole the hearts of adults and children alike. Upon its release in 2001, Shrek won the first ever Academy award for Best Animated Feature, as well as receiving countless nominations at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes.