Guest Bloggers

Guest Bloggers
MyTheatreMates welcomes submissions from guest bloggers and other occasional contributors, including theatremakers commenting on aspects of their shows. Please email your suggestions to Mates co-founder Terri Paddock or submit them via our Contact Us page.
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‘Poetry, pain, pleasure & a pure joy to behold’: FLASHBANG – Lion & Unicorn Theatre ★★★★★

In Featured Shows, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Guest Bloggers

A Flashbang is a type of grenade that goes off very loudly and suddenly, upsetting everything. It takes everything you think you know and shakes it all up in a blinding flash of light and noise and pain. There is a tragedy at the centre of James Lewis’ Flashbang, but it is not what it at its heart. There you find the recurring theme of Lewis’ writing – the poetry of the ordinary. Flashbang sits firmly and comfortably in this tradition.

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‘If it was a chocolate, it’d be something bittersweet’: AMERICAT – Tristan Bates Theatre

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Not going to lie. This devised piece – which was 60 minutes straight through – was not what I was expecting. It can be quite difficult to critique such a short play, but I spent more time laughing at Americat than being emotionally moved as I had anticipated. (This was quite a relief!)

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‘Never underestimate the power of representation’: Tom Mack on the need for more gay stories like Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

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Tom Mack, currently studying for an MA in Creative Producing at Mountview, shared this piece with the Mates on why, as a young gay man, it’s so gratifying to see out-and-proud stories like those in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and the recent film Love, Simon onstage and screen. “Yeah…” My answer in response to my brother saying to me “You’re …

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Why Is the Sky Blue? Abbey Wright on discussing kids & pornography through theatre

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Tackroom Theatre, with the help of Barnardo’s, interviewed 10,000 6- to 22-year-olds on what they think love is and the effect of online pornography on their lives. Why is the Sky Blue? (or How to Make Slime), now running at Southwark Playhouse, is the result of these interviews.

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Are women funny? Why are we still being asked this question?!

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ShyGirl, a 30-something delving into the uncharted world of vlogging for the first time (and a.k.a. writer and performer Siobhan McMillan), brings her new show MIRRORS to London’s Leicester Square Theatre later this month. In her first-ever blog, exclusive to My Theatre Mates, she dissects the oft-asked question: “Are women funny?” Having recently observed different women discussing whether women can be funny …

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Around the world in SE1: 80 days director recalls her multi-cultural influences growing up

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New Vic artistic director Theresa Heskins has attracted critical acclaim for the globe-trotting zeal of her hit production of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, currently at London’s Cadogan Hall as part of an extensive new UK tour. She recalls how, growing up in south London, a lack of foreign travel didn’t prevent her from being influenced by all manner of far-flung cultures.