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INTERVIEW: Effie Samara, founder of the RED Women’s Theatre Awards

In Awards, Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, News, Opinion, Plays by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

This year sees the launch of a new playwriting competition, RED Women’s Theatre Awards. Co- produced by Edinburgh-based academic and playwright Effie Samara, Greenwich Theatre and Female Arts, the awards are “aimed at anyone who identifies as female who has an inspirational, questioning and challenging social and political voice.” There are three regional heats in […]

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EGGS – The Vaults

In Comedy, Festivals, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Women get the raw end of the deal no matter how young or old they are, how mainstream or alternative. Two late twenty-somethings, acquaintances through a mutual late friend but with completely opposite personalities, end up bonding over important issues but with dry humour and restrained emotion. Despite the content, Eggs avoids catering purely to women.

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MIRRORS – Rosemary Branch Theatre

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Maybe the witch in Snow White isn’t that bad. Or, maybe her badness is justified, like she had a traumatic childhood or suffers from a mental illness. Siobhan McMillan proposes just that: Shivvers realizes she’s past her prime and, with insecurity taking over rational thought, she decides to hunt down the young woman who dethroned her from her position as the fairest in the land. This quest takes shape as a solo performance told in the third person, like a fairytale. McMillan regularly interjects with contemporary references and using sarcastic humour to great advantage, makes a strong comment on women’s insecurity about ageing.

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AMALUNA – Royal Albert Hall

In Cabaret, Circus, Features, Opinion, Reviews, Touring by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Amaluna is a fantasy storybook whisked into life with twinkling lights, colourful costumes, a sea of acrobatic performers, and a rousing rock band. It’s not the story of The Tempest, but Shakespeare’s tale of magic, shipwreck, fear and love is a recognisable influence in the Cirque Du Soleil characters who, here on the parallel universe Isle of Amaluna, take a different journey.

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AMALUNA, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – Royal Albert Hall

In Circus, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Nearly twenty years ago, I went to my first Cirque du Soleil show in New York. A young teenager and already obsessed with theatre and performance, I was blown away by the colour and spectacle, having never seen anything like it before in the fourteen years that I’d been on this earth. I have no concrete memories of the show, just flashes of light and colour, and feeling impressed. I looked forward to see if Amaluna, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, would live up to my juvenile memories.

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Hey, Ms Producer! Sonia Friedman leads the growing ranks of female producers

In Broadway, Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Maybe it’s because I’m considering trying my own hand at producing and the universe is sending me encouragement, but everywhere I look at the moment, I see female producers. On Sunday night, the powerhouse that is Sonia Friedman takes another shot at Tony Awards glory in New York, where her transfers of the Shakespeare’s Globe […]

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Who owns Shakespeare? Phyllida Lloyd and Harriet Walter lay claim for women

In Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Photos by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

“Julius Caesar rocked my world,” says Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke. She isn’t talking about the play alone, but rather Phyllida Lloyd’s acclaimed all-female production, which Rourke programmed at the Donmar Warehouse in late 2012-early 2013 before transferring it to New York for a run at St Ann’s Warehouse. Now director Lloyd is reuniting with star […]