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#ReadaPlayaWeek: Texts from John Osborne, Christopher Shinn, Abi Zakarian, E.V. Crowe & Alice Birch

In Books, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Not Exactly BillingtonLeave a Comment

Not Exactly Billington has set themselves a challenge to read a new (to them) playtext every week. In August, their #ReadaPlayaWeek titles included John Osborne’s Luther, Christopher Shinn’s Dying City, Abi Zakarian’s This is Not an Exit, E.V. Crowe’s I Can Hear You, and Alice Birch’s Revolt. She said. Revolt again.

Quote Unquote: 11 different takes on actors & acting

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Is it pure coincidence that many of the plays I’ve seen recently feature actors as characters? And, consequently, a range of views on the life of actors and the nature of acting, which got my quote-taking pen twitching. For any actors or FFOAs (friends or family of actors) reading, please tell me which most closely sums up your perspective.

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NEWS: John Hurt withdraws from Branagh’s The Entertainer on doctor’s advice

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It is announced today that on the advice of his doctors, John Hurt has had to withdraw from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production of John Osborne’s The Entertainer, the final production in the year-long Branagh Theatre season, which runs at the West End’s Garrick Theatre 20 August to 12 November 2016.

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In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

In 1975 Emmylou Harris might have walked all the way from Boulder to Birmingham but in 1842 a weedy, tweedy small-town teacher and small-time socialist named George Holyoake actually walked from Birmingham to Bristol to visit a friend imprisoned for publishing a journal criticising the establishment. He pauses in conservative Cheltenham to give a talk to the Chartists about migration and Poor Law reform – and because of one glancingly atheistic remark, is arrested and tried for blasphemy.