This is a piece of verbatim theatre, telling three stories of queer activism from the mid-20th century to the present day; Alexis Gregory conducted interviews with Michael-Anthony Nozzi (a survivor of the Stonewall riots), Lavinia Co-op (a 70s drag artist), and Paul Burston (a 90s AIDS activist).
‘Lionel Bart’s diverse score includes sweet & rueful ballads’: MAGGIE MAY – Finborough Theatre ★★★
The London Fringe has been diligent in ploughing back catalogue after back catalogue for ‘forgotten’ musicals, and Maggie May has not been seen in London for 55 years.
Sirens of the Silver Screen Q&A video: Which of Hollywood’s Golden Age stars should have stage tributes?
If you had to choose just three Hollywood legends to build a theatre show around, who would you choose? For Sirens of the Silver Screen, Beth Burrows selected Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. At last week’s post-show discussion hosted by MyTheatreMates’ Terri Paddock at the Tabard Theatre, she explained why she did, how much fun she had researching each and to which she feels most connected.
How the Edinburgh Fringe family inspired Lita Doolan to make Time for Tea at Camden Fringe
Theatremaker Lita Doolan was performing in Edinburgh Fringe one summer when she was inspired to write a story about Scotland’s iconic capital. She took her inspiration from how the city and its residents recovered following the devastating 2002 fire that started in Cowgate Street and ripped through much of its Old Town. This summer, she brings the resulting play, Time for Tea, to Camden Fringe, running for one performance only to open the festival on 30 July 2018. Here, she recalls how it all came about.
FEATURED SHOW: Sirens of the Silver Screen at the Tabard Theatre, ★★★★ reviews are in!
Following a successful run last November at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Beth Burrows’ one-woman cabaret Sirens of the Silver Screen has transferred to west London’s Tabard Theatre, where it continues until 14 July only. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review highlights below. Time to get booking!
WATCH: Can you tell the difference between Cilla Black & Sarah Louise Hughes in her Little Voice audition?
Meet Sarah Louise Hughes, who, straight out of drama school, has been cast in the title role of Michael Strassen’s major new production of Jim Cartwright’s modern classic The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester. In the latest in our Featured Show series, watch as she starts her “new journey” via some extraordinary audition tapes of her singing Judy Garland and Cilla Black…
‘The Barn’s is a stunning energy to witness’: Michael Strassen on directing The Rise & Fall of Little Voice
Michael Strassen directs the new Barn Theatre, Cirencester production of Jim Cartwright’s Olivier Award-winning play with music, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. In the latest in our Feature Show series, Michael tells us more about the approach he’s taking and why London needs to sit up and take notice of what young artistic director Iwan Lewis is up to in the Cotswolds…
Sirens of the Silver Screen: The most inspiring (& surprising) things about Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn & Marilyn Monroe
Of all the Hollywood Golden Age legends, Beth Burrows chose Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe to celebrate in her acclaimed one-woman cabaret Sirens of the Silver Screen. In our latest in our Featured Show series, she explains what she’s found most inspiring and surprising about each – and shares her favourite signature songs for all three.
New post-show Q&A: Join Terri (& Judy Garland) for acclaimed one-woman cabaret Sirens of the Silver Screen
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Thursday 5 July 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock heads to the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick to talk to Beth Burrows about playing Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe in her hit one-woman cabaret Sirens of the Silver Screen. Got any questions?
‘Creatively speaking, no stone is left unturned’: WICKED – Touring ★★★★★
Wicked is a modern classic which remains as strong as ever on tour. With stellar performances from a standout cast, it’s set to be ‘Popular’ with audiences throughout the land.
ROAD – Royal Court Theatre
Powerful revival of Jim Cartwright’s 1986 modern classic comes alive in all its noisy, vulgar and transcendent glory.
JUDY! JUDY! JUDY! – Arts Theatre
This could be the briefest review I’ve ever written – Quite simply if you are interested in or a fan of Judy Garland or just want to see a masterclass in performance, you need to get yourself to see Judy!
THE STORY OF BART – Mirth, Marvel and Maud
The script is sprinkled with as many songs as anecdotes – who knew for example that Bart could not write music? He would hum out a tune on his kazoo, while his good friend Eric Roberts (who was to score most of the Carry On movies) transcribed the melodies to written manuscript.
NEWS: Judy! confirms full cast & creatives for transfer to West End’s Arts Theatre
Full casting and creative details are announced today for the JUDY!, Ray Rackham’s biographical musical about the life of iconic movie star and singer Judy Garland
Exclusive: Ray Rackham on the enduring popularity of Judy Garland
That is the Garland I want my play to celebrate. Let’s not ignore the troubles she had, but let’s also not become solely transfixed by them.
NEWS: Renamed Judy Garland bio-musical gets West End premiere at Arts Theatre, TICKETS ONSALE
Following a critically acclaimed debut season at Southwark Playhouse under its original title, Through The Mill, Ray Rackham’s biographical musical about the life of iconic movie star and chanteuse, Judy Garland, arrives in London’s West End this summer.
THROUGH THE MILL – Southwark Playhouse
There are some gay men through whom the word ‘Judy’ runs like a stick of cheap rock. To question their devotion to the long-deceased Ms Garland is to adopt the same dangerous stance as contemporary Twitter heretics who suggest the much-loved Sheridan Smith may be a bit of a flake for not turning up to work six nights a week.
INTERVIEW: Through the Mill’s ‘Young Judy’, Lucy Penrose
After graduating from Mountview Academy in 2015, Lucy Penrose made her professional debut in the world premiere of Ray Rackham’s Through the Mill at the London Theatre Workshop. For her role as Young Judy, one of three Judy Garlands at different stages in the diva’s life, Penrose was nominated for My Theatre Mates’ #AlsoRecognised Award for London Newcomer of the Year.
END OF THE RAINBOW – Touring
Lisa Maxwell, who plays the fallen Judy Garland, could easily play this as a one woman show. Her likeness to Judy is incredible, in mannerisms, speaking voice and vocals.
What’s the collective noun for Judy Garlands?
Take your pick of Judy Garlands. On the London stage this week alone, you’ve got a choice of three in Ray Rackham’s brilliant new play with music Through the Mill. And in the new year, Peter Quilter’s Olivier and Tony-nominated End of the Rainbow returns, with Lisa Maxwell.
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