As the West End reopens with the welcome return of blockbusters which will get the massive press coverage with red carpets and celebrities, my gaze turns to off West End, Regional, and new work development. I have been to Clapham Omnibus, Perth Theatre, and the Capital Theatre Studios in the last few days… alongside conversations with Broadway and Korean networks of producers. It is a fascinating time (and scary).
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Wednesday 13 June 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock returns to Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre to quiz the team behind the modern Gothic thriller The Yellow Wallpaper. Got any questions?
What’s the point of philosophy? Watch Another Soup theatre company’s Facebook Live video for the full post-show Q&A with The Soul of Wittgenstein’s Richard Stemp, Ben Woodhall and director Dave Spencer, chaired by Mates co-founcer Terri Paddock.
Following an acclaimed development season at London’s King’s Head Theatre, The Soul of Wittgenstein transfers next month south of the river to Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre for a three-week season to headline the theatre’s 96 Festival. Watch our trailer and interview with director and stars – then get booking!
Set over a long night of the soul for the employees of a payday loans company, Kieran Lynn’s play The Trap is described as “a biting new comedy”. And for once, it does actually provide a fair few laughs, of the decidedly darkly comic sort.
Victoria Willing’s Spring Offensive is a spikily fresh take on the First World War and its enduring legacy, a bold move for the Clapham Omnibus and one which does pay some dividends.
On the alternative Christmas show offerings, the British premiere of Buddy Thomas’ The Crumple Zone will have a limited season this month at two London fringe venues. Directed by Robert McWhir, it runs at Clapham Omnibus 19 to 23 December 2016, before transferring north to the Pleasance Theatre from 27 to 29 December.
My last blog explored loneliness, or when the glass becomes most definitely half empty. Much of my coaching work is about helping people to top up their glasses, and see the world with gratitude. It is difficult to write that phrase this weekend, when so many have lost their lives and lost loved ones in Beirut and Paris. I pray we will all find ways to help make the world better through love and not hate, peace and not war. And in the meantime we, as creative artists, have a duty to keep making and facilitating art which enriches, enlightens, educates and entertains.