Ultimately this Old Vic in Camera production of Faith Healer, starring Michael Sheen, David Threlfall and Indira Varma, is a flawless rendition of a deeply engrossing and emotional text.
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Welcome back to Fringe Focus, our series putting a spotlight on smaller theatres. Today’s guest is the artistic director of the Lion & Unicorn Theatre, David Brady. As well as running the theatre, he is also artistic director of the managing company, Proforca.
Strictly 18-plus, Pinocchio Gets Wood is a riot of filth in words and gestures right from the first appearance of Dame Ciabatta Myflange (the tireless Daniel Page). No Widow Twankey, this Dame makes a living selling sex toys.
Martin Sherman’s intense play is revived by Hope Mill Theatre with an absorbing performance from Maureen Lipman as the 80-year-old recounting the events of her life.
Included in the shows offered at this year’s digital Edinburgh Fringe, comes Hollow. It is a musical from performer David Kent and collaborator Dereck Walker, weaving supernatural stories with folk melodies.
Welcome back to Fringe Focus, putting a spotlight on smaller theatres. Following my attendance at Dear Peter last month, the series reopens with the artistic director of Iris Theatre, Paul-Ryan Carberry.
Teater V’s Safe Space faces a tough subject head on with some style while always staying one step ahead of its audience.
It seems extremely apt for the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park to resurrect its celebrated production of Jesus Christ Superstar just as live theatre starts to take the first tentative steps back.
The marvellous Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester has co-produced Godspell The Concert with Ginger Quiff Media.
Chronic Insanity’s final show of 12 in lockdown may well be their best, with each virtual performance a random set of pieces chosen by the viewer from a deck of cards.
You can catch Until the Ad Break at Online@theSpace until the end of August. It is a reimagined scene from the company’s 2018 show, 21 Minutes, created and filmed during lockdown.
Welcome to the virtual Edinburgh Fringe. Here I look at the shows made available via The Space UK which run under ten minutes duration. All are available until 31 August at Online@theSpace.
A new play written for lockdown by Martin Murray, Jury puts us into the jury room – or Zoom – as 12 people on furlough come together to consider a case against a high-profile white female TV presenter: accused of grooming a young black boy.
Alice: A Virtual Theme Park is ultimately a show of charm and occasional barbed wit, which is fun for both families or adults. You don’t have to switch your video on and join in, but it is fun if you do,
Not for the faint-hearted, Grip is worth a look to consider what it adds to a constant contemporary debate. It is available for free once you have registered for the Reading Fringe.
Claire Louise Amias’ pair of plays, The Masks of Aphra Behn and Oranges & Ink, resurrect Aphra Behn from a place of relative obscurity into sharp relief as a chatty, warm, and witty raconteur.
As an audio play for three rather than a stage monologue, Natalie Barney’s Last Salon is directed by Fiona Leonard and reimagined with the voices front and centre.
By developing a language which is uniquely that of the theatre, the world in which Hot Coals Theatre’s film My Darling Christopher exists comes to life.
A bold initiative from Platform 4 comes to your computer screen with this new immersive digital film. Invisible Music starts from the point of considering the issues around hearing loss but in a startling and powerful way, it manages to be about so much more.
Harry Gabriel is one of those unsung heroes in theatreland: the stage door keeper. Part surrogate parent, part nurse, part firm friend, they are the conduit between front and back of house, cast and crew, performer and fan.
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