After rounding up various publications’ #theatre2015 highlights yesterday, it’s time to reflect on my own year in the stalls (well, mainly in the stalls, occasionally in the dress circle)… My top ten lists include: new plays, revivals, musicals, performances, events and ones to watch.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
‘Write what you know’ has never been more apt. When a former Daily Express entertainment editor writes a play in which the showbiz section of his lightly fictionalized newsroom is called “Cunts’ Corner”, you know you’re in for a fun and filthy ride. Ruder about interfering proprietors than Drop the Dead Donkey, more racist and sexist than Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and just structurally shy of Richard Bean’s more smoothly-crafted Great Britain, Mark Jagasia’s Clarion is an uproarious debut and a stonkingly good cartoon of the dying and desperate days of ink-fingered journalism.
Lurid satire on the British tabloids returns with a vengeance in a hilarious evening of sharp jokes and farce
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Richard, one of the central characters in Daniel Dingsdale’s debut play Dark Tourism (like me) has a thing for quotations. The irony is that he’s a peddler of lowest common denominator culture, a “celebrity” PR with a hotline to the tabloids, who once dreamed of high-brow literary success.
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I feel like I’ve been at the St James Theatre and Studio all week — I went to three consecutive nights of Scott Alan performing his own work from last Sunday to Tuesday (joined by a host of guests in his first night in the main house, then just Cynthia Erivo and one more guest a night on each of the other more intimate gigs in the downstairs Studio), then also saw Paul Baker on Friday and tonight I’m seeing Jamie Parker. All that, and Alison Jiear on Britain’s Got Talent, last night too — what a week it has been for cabaret.
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In amongst the stellar West End revivals of late – not least “mother of all musicals” Gypsy with Imelda Staunton and David Mamet’s American Buffalo starring Damian Lewis and John Goodman – are some spectacular brand-new plays on and off West End. Here are three in particular that I highly, highly recommend. The first two […]
I’m so proud of my friend Mark Jagasia, how could I resist pulling together one of my #PressPass round-ups for his debut play? Clarion premiered to rave reviews (really, see below) last week at the Arcola Theatre and is already tipped for a transfer. When preparing this and today’s other Theatre Diary blog about Clarion, […]
‘Write what you know’ has never been more apt. When a former Daily Express entertainment editor writes a play in which the showbiz section of his lightly fictionalized newsroom is called “Cunts’ Corner” you know you’re in for a fun and filthy ride. Ruder about interfering proprietors than Drop the Dead Donkey, more racist and […]
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HOLD THE FRONT PAGE. WITH TONGS. The Clarion is a newspaper which hates immigrants. And liberals, especially those on the hated rival Sentinel, a barely-disguised Guardian. Britain, it says, is going to the dogs: betraying Nelson and Churchill and Mary … Continue reading →