While the name of the show, Kill Climate Deniers, invokes images of violence and negativity – a fact not unnoticed by the playwright – the show is poignant, entertaining and a clever way to stand its ground on an issue that we continue to fight.
Sirens is a rip-roaring show that shares a vital feminist message and champions increased inclusivity in theatre – consider the history books rewritten!
Are you ready to get angry? Are you ready to demand change? What are you going to do about it? Watch this extended trailer for a thrilling new version of An Enemy of the People staged next month at the Playground Theatre, in the shadow of Grenfell Tower. Time to get booking – and take action!
My advice to the next generation of men and women applying for colleges is perhaps avoid the college that excels in your strength.
Nearly 40 years after it premiered at the then-new Old Red Lion Theatre before transferring to the West End, Phil Young’s devised three-hander about one couple’s experience with blindness, Crystal Clear, returns next month as part of the fringe venue’s 40th-anniversary season. Time to get booking!
Rather tickled that no less than the artistic director of the National Theatre Rufus Norris himself does time out of his hectic schedule to answer Ten (9) Questions for Ten Years.
Where were you 10 years ago?
I’d just directed Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka in the Olivier Theatre.
Best show you’ve seen in the last 10 years?
An impossible question to answer but if I had to pick one it would be Pericles (Public Acts) in the Olivier last year.
What has been your professional highlight of the last 10 years?
Becoming Director of the National Theatre and London Road.
Top flavour of interval ice-cream?
What show do you wish theatres would give a rest for a few years?
Many plays have the potential to be boring or resonant so it’s the creative team’s role to bring a play to fresh life.
Name someone who you think is a really underappreciated talent (in the world of theatre)?
There are so many unsung heroes working within theatre, from the technical teams behind-the-scenes making magic happen on stage, to those ensuring the smooth running of a building, I’m always amazed by their commitment. A few people who come to mind are Erin Lee in Archive, Nicky Holderness in Props and the set builder Simon.
What is one thing that you think would help theatre survive and/or thrive the next ten years?
An education system that recognises the huge benefit that only the arts can deliver, and a shift in philosophy that correctly views subsidy as investment for the good of this country.
Which is your favourite theatre?
The National Theatre, of course. I also love the Royal Exchange in Manchester.
Can you say anything about what’s to come for you, (in the next ten years or otherwise)?
Loads of plays including our next Public Acts show As You Like It with a cast of 100 community members at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch. Hopefully a little time spent in nature in between.
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Bitter Wheat, the most controversial play of the year, is almost certainly also going to be the worst.
I really enjoyed Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare’s Hamlet and I look forward to seeing others in their repertoire in future.
How much will Ibsen’s 1892 classic An Enemy of the People resonate in 2019 post-Grenfell, Brexit Britain? How does it play out with younger, politically switched-on protagonists? We caught up with writer and director Jolley Gosnold about his major new version, which premieres next month at the Playground Theatre. Time to get booking!
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for the Bush Theatre’s production of Caryl Phillips’ Strange Fruit, the story of a family caught up between two cultures.