They say life imitates art but there are times when the reverse can also be true. And this has certainly been the case for actor Dan Whitlam. The 23-year-old from Clapham is starring in Tobacco Road, a play that shines a light on London’s criminal underworld as the country emerges from the shadows of the First World War.
Included in the 12-strong cast of Seussical at the Southwark Playhouse is Sarah Spence who will take on the role of Bird Girl. Having just graduated from drama school, the 25-year-old says it’s a dream job and one she can’t wait to bring to audiences.
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival takes place at various sites from 21 June to 7 July 2018. I spoke to the event’s artistic director Bradley Hemmings about what this year’s line up has to offer.
Ten years ago Susan Calman was a top flight corporate lawyer working at places including the United Nations in Geneva. But she says it was unfulfilling and stressful so she made the decision to give it all up and pursue her long held ambition and become a comedian. Now, a decade later the somewhat diminutive, smiley and very funny Glaswegian has had the success many in her profession can only dream about.
People of a certain age will know Anthony Head as the suave coffee drinking chap from the hugely successful Nescafe ads of the 1980s. Others will know him as the Prime Minister in Little Britain, David Whelan in Dominion and of course as Rupert Giles in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Peter Shaffer’s play Lettice & Lovage was first performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in 1987. Now 30 years later it has been revived by Sir Trevor Nunn at the Menier Chocolate Factory. It is set firstly in the Grand Hall of Fustian House, a stately pile in rural Wiltshire, where a certain Lettice Douffet is a guide, taking visitors around on tours of the house.
It is Eve Best as Olivia who dazzles her way through the production. She positively bursts with energy and is a delight to watch, capturing Olivia’s ditziness perfectly as well as her dilemma at having to choose between son and lover – particularly when her son has given her such a horrid choice.
If he’s growing a bit weary of the barrage of questions by the time I arrive, he doesn’t show it. In fact he is as relaxed as they come, with an easygoing manner, affable charm and a warm sense of humour.