How do you keep cool on a hot summer night in an un-airconditioned Off-West End theatre? Luckily, for some of the cast of Ghost About the House, the script of Matthew Campling’s new comedy just opened at the King’s Head Theatre requires them to spend much of the 90 minutes in their underpants…
In Ghost About the House, premiering at the King’s Head Theatre in June, Sioned Jones plays two characters connected to the same Islington house, but separated by 70 years. In this latest interview in our Featured Show series, Matt Gibbs discusses history repeating itself, how fringe trumps mainstream theatre, why he prefers comedy and history repeating itself (see what we did there?)…
Matthew Campling’s haunting gay comedy Ghost About the House, set across two time periods in the same house in Islington, gets its world premiere at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington next month. Sneak a peek – and get an eyeful (yes, clothes are removed!) – into the rehearsal room with the five actors and director Scott Le Crass. Time to get booking!
In Ghost About the House, premiering at the King’s Head Theatre in June, Sioned Jones plays two characters connected to the same Islington house, but separated by 70 years and a love for lycra. In this latest interview in our Featured Show series, Sioned discusses the play, how the Internet has made life easier and harder for actors, and an incident with red knickers… Time to get booking!
If you don’t believe in ghosts, you may have to reassess once you read our interview with writer Matthew Campling, who draws on his own family’s experience living in a haunted house for his new comedy Ghost About the House, which starts performances in just under a month at London’s King’s Head Theatre. Book ahead now!
Ghost About the House, a “haunting gay comedy” by Matthew Campling, gets its world premiere at London’s King’s Head Theatre in a limited season this June. Casting has now been announced.
Though written well before this year’s Harvey Weinstein scandal and escalating accusations of sexual misconduct across other industries, The Secondary Victim takes on an even more urgent topicality. We covered that and much more at the post-show discussion.
In what seems a lengthy two and a half hours, Campling takes us through not only Ali’s own marital strains with husband Victor (Gary Webster), but also her counselling of another client who’s a paedophile, along with glimpses into the professional relationship she maintains with her supervisor Marilyn.
Matthew Campling, a former counsellor, has crafted a psychologically dense and often intense dialogue between broken people; pain catalysed by an allegation of sexual assault.
Ali is a respected wife and counsellor. But her harmonious life is torn apart when a young male ex-client make allegations of sexual misconduct against her. These allegations go to an Ethical Hearing.
Mtthew Campling’s The Secondary Victim runs at the Park Theatre from 4 November to 9 December, and the performance on Tuesday 21 November will be followed by a Q&A session led by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock.
Politics is a veritable pick n’ mix of source material for playwrights, and new works inspired by Trump and Brexit abound. No doubt we’ll soon see a wave of hot takes on the debacle that continues to be the general election.
“I discovered I preferred my own words to interpreting the words of others, so I started writing plays. I had five produced in SA. When I came to England I needed to make money so I went into the health service.”