This late bloomer definitely has legs. The debut play by 91-year-old James Hugh Macdonald’s Happy Warriors has got both audiences and reviewers raving. The three-hander, centring on a wartime encounter between Randolph (son of Winston) Churchill and Brideshead Revisited novelist Evelyn Waugh, only has one week left in its premiere season. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite press quotes below. Now get booking!
When you make your playwriting debut at 91, there’s no time to hang about. Watch this fantastic interview with 91-year-old James Hugh Macdonald, whose first play Happy Warriors is currently premiering Upstairs at the Gatehouse: he’s got three more completed plays ready to go! (Don’t miss our special offer for £10 tickets to be in the audience for the filming of this acclaimed first one this Friday.)
Why is so much of the focus on young, up-and-coming writers? Happy Warriors is a brand-new play by 91-year-old, journalist-turned-debut playwright JamesHugh Macdonald, based on a real, wartime events involving novelist Evelyn Waugh and Randolph Churchill. The play receives its world premiere at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, where it’s being recorded this Friday for future broadcast. Learn more – and nab £10 tickets to be in the audience for filming!
There are many timely parallels with subjects covered in Ian Grant‘s new play, which spans 66 years in the life of the Randall family, between 1914 and 1973 – including the centenaries of the end of the first world war and votes for women. How does the team capture those incredible time shifts in an instant onstage, on a fringe budget?
Don’t expect your “typical period drama” with the world premiere of AFTER THE BALL, opening next month at Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Watch our interviews trailer with leading lady Julia Watson, director Nadia Papachronopoulou and playwright Ian Grant about this “exciting piece of new writing” spanning 66 years. And then get booking!
Nadia Papachronopoulou directs the ensemble cast for the world premiere of Ian Grant’s AFTER THE BALL, Time Productions’ follow-up to its launch production of Abi Morgan’s Tiny Dynamite. Check out our gallery of the company rehearsing for their opening next month at Upstairs at the Gatehouse – and then get booking!