Mike Leigh’s genius was to offer Abigail’s Party to audiences who roared with laughter without recognising themselves on the stage. Julie Burchill and Jane Robins may have pulled off the same trick with People Like Us.
It honestly doesn’t let up. At all. After an Edinburgh-focused August, and a ‘keep myself busy at all costs’ September (mostly to avoid the hell that is rush hour transport), October has rolled in, bursting at the seams because there is too much to do.
There are eight authors who have contributed to Sketching and as their leader – and contributor of three of the strands – the ever-fertile, ever-fascinated James Graham.
James Graham’s new show Sketching attempts a purer form of anthology, blending stories from eight competition winners to co-create a patchwork of London life.
Artistic director Rupert Goold has announced the Almeida Theatre’s new season.
Nav Sidhu, Penny Layden, Samuel James, Sean Michael Verey and Sophie Wu will star in James Graham’s Sketching, playing at Wilton’s Music Hall from 26 September to 27 October 2018, with a press night on 2 October.
On the broader theatrical landscape, there are plenty of things opening this month! In London Eugenius! returns to The Other Palace, Milly Thomas’ Dust transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2, and Foxfinder opens at the Ambassadors.
What would you do if you lost your smartphone? Are we all in need of a digital detox? In our interview with EROS author Kevin Mandry, he discusses screen addiction, Herbert Lom onstage, his favourite playwrights, the kiss of the camera, digital detox ambitions and more. Read up… and then get booking!
Wilton’s Music Hall today has announced its autumn season which will feature: ENO presenting Paul Bunyan as part of ENO Studio Live; the world premiere of Sketching by James Graham; and the return of festive classic The Box of Delights.
Oliver Award-winning playwright James Graham and director Thomas Hescott are seeking new and undiscovered writers to collaborate on the uniquely multi-authored, Dickens-inspired play Sketching this autumn at Wilton’s Music Hall (26 September to 27 October 2018, with a press night on 2 October).
Quiz is a thought-provoking piece of theatre that will really make you question what you perceive to be the truth.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
This House performs the miraculous feat of making a play about events which occurred over 40 years ago feel totally contemporary and relevant.
Quiz transfers to the Noel Coward from Chichester Festival Theatre’s increasingly successful and relatively small Minerva Theatre. Sadly, there is a sense that something is lost in the upscale.
James Graham’s engaging play is transformed into a highly entertaining production by Daniel Evans, placing the ideas of entertainment and justice under the spotlight.
Blurring the lines, nothing is ever black and white anymore, it is forever a shade of grey; Quiz is a show that reflects that sentiment fully. We are at the Noel Coward Theatre, a venue steeped in prestige and history. It plays host to many an iconic show.
It’s been a golden week for James Graham, British theatre’s wonder boy. After winning an Olivier Award for his comedy, Labour of Love, he now has another show in the West End, this time a transfer from the Chichester Theatre, where it premiered last November.
In Quiz James Graham’s serious points emerge clearer too: the rise of “emo-tainment”, the class-conscious manipulation of the masses for profit, and above all the age of nosey, lipsmacking knee-jerk judgment of strangers:
As Quiz transfers to the West End, James Graham’s insightful reflections on crucial moments in post-war history have fast become a vital resource in understanding who we are.
So, that just happened! Despite some small disappointments in the nominations (nothing too much, just some things felt unnecessarily overlooked), I was rather looking forward to this year’s Oliviers.