Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Blanche McIntyre’s production of Botticelli in the Fire now playing at the Hampstead Theatre.
Jordan Tannahill’s queering of Renaissance art in Botticelli In The Fire is riotously vulgar and completely unapologetic mash up.
Jordan Tannahill’s play Botticelli In The Fire, premiered here after Canada, is gloriously staged under Blanche Macintyre’s direction.
Ahead of Hamstead Theatre’s 60th birthday next year, new artistic director Roxana Silbert recently announced her inaugural season at the north London venue, including six premiere plays written by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Jordan Tannahill, Tom Morton-Smith, Al Blyth, Ruby Thomas and Chinonyerem Odimba.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Tuesday 17 May 2018 at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to comic Katy Brand about making her playwriting debut with 3Women, a comedy (naturally!) about three generations of women and their perspectives on feminism. Got any questions?
The play benefits from this close actor-audience involvement – you are drawn into the play as it unfolds, and leave feeling utterly involved, transformed in some way by what you have witnessed.
Have you caught the European premiere of Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company yet? After transferring following its sell-out spring season at the Finborough Theatre, Michael Yale’s production has won another slew of five- and four-star reviews in the West End. Its limited season at Trafalgar Studios 2 must finish on 16 September 2017. A selection of some of our favourite review quotes is gathered below…
Jordan Tannahill’s taut, 75-minute darkly comic real-life social drama Late Company draws two Toronto couples into God of Carnage country as they attempt to broker closure over the suicide of Joel, bullied at high school for homosexuality.
What does it mean to be a bully these days? How can you really tell if those closest to you are suffering from mental illness?
This is a dinner that, much like Titus Andronicus’ endgame, is a meal that not one person around the table wishes to attend.
It often puzzles me why sharp little stage gems like this don’t get pounced on by TV – notably the BBC – instead of commissioners wasting our eyesight on gloopy dramas custom-built to challenge nobody. Here it is, a neat 75 minutes, bang-on topical and sharply written by Jordan Tannahill, then only 23.
Why has the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) got involved with the play? Why did the director choose not to relocate the play to the UK? How have the actors visualised the absent but ever-present Joel and their characters’ relationships with him?
Have you booked your tickets yet for the West End transfer of Late Company yet? Have a peek at pics and show trailer before and get booking!
The European premiere of Late Company, now transferring to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, has attracted a lot of Mates’ attention. Here, director Michael Yale explains what first attracted him to the play.
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the stars and director of the European premiere of Jordan Tannahill’s LATE COMPANY, transferring from the Finborough Theatre to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, on Wednesday 23 August 2017. Got any questions?
While Edinburgh prepares to welcome back its Festival Fringe from the 4th August, London will be welcoming these shows to theatres… 1. Five Guys Named Moe, Marble Arch Theatre: playing is a specially created pop up theatre, Five Guys Named Moe transports audiences back to the 1940’s to a world filled with jazz. Featuring the hits… Read More
Following its critically acclaimed and sold-out European premiere at Finborough Theatre in April/May 2017, Stage Traffic’s production of Late Company, by the award-winning playwright Jordan Tannahill, will transfer for its West End debut at Trafalgar Studios 2 for a strictly limited run from 21 August to 16 September 2017.
For anyone who remembers their teenage years as being particularly painful because of being teased or worse bullied, Late Company is certainly a play that hits all of the emotions with regards the lasting impact of bullying, mental illness and teenage suicide.
Set around the dinner table of the bereaved parents, their guests for the evening are Bill and Tamara Dermot together with their son Curtis, a peer of Joel’s at school and the ringleader of the bullies who had taunted him to his death.
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