Mates blogger: Caroline Hanks-Farmer


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Caroline Hanks-Farmer
Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.
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The latest from Caroline on MyTheatreMates

THE COMMITMENTS – West End

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It’s been a while since I’ve seen this show, but I needed a great feel good show to take the family (parents) to and so I booked The Commitments.

The story of a group of unlikely lads who set out to bring “Soul To The People” managed by Jimmy Rabbitt, tells the story of how, if people work together amazing things can and do happen. Based on Roddy Doyle‘s novel and subsequent hit film in 1991 all set in Dublin in the 1980’s.

YOU WON’T SUCCEED ON BROADWAY IF YOU DONT HAVE ANY JEWS – St James Theatre

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‘You won’t succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews.’ This quote from the Monty Python musical Spamalot has inspired a new show, dedicated to celebrating the contribution of Jewish people to musical theatre over the last century. From Stephen Sondheim to Irving Berlin, Jule Styne to Burt Bacharach, I certainly had no idea so many great names in the industry came from a Jewish background. (Although if I’m honest, I can’t say I’d ever actually thought about it.)

NEWS: Full cast announced for premiere of The White Feather

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This September, Arion Productions presents the world premiere of new British musical The White Feather at the Union Theatre. It tells the story of Georgina Briggs whose brother was one of over 300 allied soldiers executed for cowardice during the First World War. She won’t accept the shame and she won’t let it lie. But as she fights for justice a shocking discovery awaits her.

THE PAIN AND STRIFE OF A BOURGEOIS LIFE – Moors Theatre, Crouch End

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The Moors Bar is a predictable yet cosy fringe venue, a tiny bar with a massive mirror and a lot of sass. I witnessed an exuberant meeting of old friends, peered through next-door’s shop window at tortured glass lighting fixtures and accidentally disturbed a half-naked guy who must get sick of people knocking at his door. All before I even got through the door. Inside, flat caps, fake fur, a lot of beards and a chocolate cake cocktail. Which set the mood pretty well for the evening to come.

What goes into creating a new musical? Interview with the creators of Tess The Musical

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My ears pricked up at the thought of supporting some new writing and a new project. So when Tess The Musical made contact I was there like a shot asking how I could encourage and support? They’d seen what I’ve done for others so here’s one of my Interviews with the Two Michael’s who have created a new musical based on the iconic book by Thomas Hardy. What follows is their unedited answers to my questions.

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NEWS: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Presents LORD OF THE FLIES Casting and Full Tour Announced 

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Casting and full tour dates are announced today for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, which will return following its 2011 sell-out premiere for a limited run from Thursday 3 to Saturday 12 September 2015 prior to a major UK tour.

SECRET THEATRE – London

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   Guest Review by Liz Dyer @LizziD82 of @Secret_Theatre “Immersive Theatre unusual and memorable” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’m a planner; I don’t tend to do things without thinking them through. Twice. And […]

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TOMMY – Greenwich Theatre

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It’s been 19 years since we last saw The Who’s Tommy in London. Coming from Portsmouth where they filmed the iconic pinball scenes in the Kings Theatre in Southsea and a lover of the music I was keen to see this new production at the Greenwich Theatre. As you see below the production shots by Claire Bilyard of Scarab Pictures had us salivating before it went on stage so did it live up to the expectation?

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LOVETT + TODD – King’s Head

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This Another Soup Theatre production focuses on the story of Cornelia Lovett, the pie-maker and the relationship between her and the “demon barber”, Sweeney Todd. The concept is intriguing, one where Mrs Lovett is portrayed as a coldblooded murderess who manipulates Todd into doing her will and her unwilling accomplice.

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How to Kickstart funding for a new musical…

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I’m passionate about new writing and love to be involved with supporting new projects. Paradise Lost was a Kickstarter project last year. It’s an epic new musical which is a collaboration between Lee Ormsby and Jonathan Wakeham. I wanted to find out more about Lee and the Paradise lost concept. So what follows is in Lee’s own words (unedited) the answers to questions I posed to him. I hope you enjoy it as much as Lee and I have writing and reading it.

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THE DIVER – The Rag Factory

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The opening minutes of Craft Theatre’s one-woman show, The Diver, are slightly unsettling. After an introduction from director Rocky Rodriguez Jr, performer Helen Foster bounces on to the stage. And then off again. Then back on. The lights are still up. You have no idea if this is part of the show or not. There’s a bit of stand-up comedian style banter, and a few awkward silences, between which we’re constantly reassured that the show has, in fact, started. It’s clear that this is not going to be a ‘sit in the dark and make no noise’ theatre experience. We’re all in this together, whether we like it or not.


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