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‘It’s about making a stand against being pigeon-holed’: Writer Rachel Causer & director Kennedy Bloomer bring When It Happens to the Camden Fringe

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Plays, Quotes by Amy ToledanoLeave a Comment

First debuting at Maiden Speech Festival 2018, When It Happens returns to the Tristan Bates Theatre for Camden Fringe. We speak to the show’s writer Rachel Causer, who also plays Jenny in the show, and Kennedy Bloomer, the show’s director.

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New post-show Q&A: Join Terri to talk to writer, director & cast of Metal Rabbit’s Fishskin Trousers

In Interviews, London theatre, Plays, Special Events, Ticket recommendations by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

As part of her ongoing event series, on 26 October 2017, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the writer, director, producer and cast of Metal Rabbit’s critically acclaimed Fishskin Trousers, which returns to the London stage for a limited season running at the Park Theatre from 17 October to 11 November 2017. Got any questions?

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What’s most absurd about Murray Schisgal’s LUV? That it’s not been done before now

In Audio, Features, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Special Events, Ticket recommendations by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

What’s most absurd about absurdist comedy LUV? That it’s virtually unknown in this country – despite an incredible pedigree. Long before he wrote the screenplay for the hit 1982 film Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman, American Murray Schisgal made a name for himself in New York with this 1964 stage play, which is a riotous celebration of the […]

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NEWS: Users launch independent TheatreBoard after closure of WhatsOnStage forum

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The UK now has a new independent online forum to discuss theatre – TheatreBoard. Following the recent decision by its American parent company to discontinue support for the discussion forums originally established by, a group of dedicated fans have taken on the challenge to create a brand new home for lively and informed discussion about the UK theatre scene and beyond.

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Best of the Blogs: The Lehman Trilogy, Anna, Vincent River, Our Town & more

In Features, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Sticky, Ticket recommendations, Touring by Lisa Martland

As part of a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out seven of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (20-27 May 2019). Amidst her choices is the return of The Lehman Trilogy, impressing Jonathan Baz with its ‘sheer technical theatrical genius”, while Aleks Sierz asks whether wearing headphones during a performance of Anna at the National Theatre is all a gimmick or vital to the impact of the play.

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‘Brilliantly told & unbelievably gripping’: MATTHEW BOURNE’S ROMEO & JULIET – Touring ★★★★

In Dance, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Sophie GarrodLeave a Comment

I realised very quickly to believe in the critics that have described Matthew Bourne as a wonderful storyteller. Through physical movement, relationships between characters, facial expression and energy (both soft and dynamic), the beautifully tragic story of Romeo and Juliet is told.