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‘The play’s eye is pitilessly sharp’: ALYS, ALWAYS – Bridge Theatre ★★★★

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Couldn’t miss Nicholas Hytner’s bit of mischief: after his years of being being alternately feted and rubbished in print, he displays directorial glee in sending up the noisome denizens of a broadsheet arts desk thanks to Lucinda Coxon’s black-hearted comedy of modern media manners, Alys, Always at the Bridge Theatre.

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‘McDonagh’s plot is its own hired assassin’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre

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

I’m fairly sure the land on which the Bridge Theatre was built was once a plague pit, but I’m beginning to wonder if the place isn’t itself cursed. How else can it commission a play by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri writer Martin McDonagh that is, not to put too fine a point on it, as enjoyable as passing A Very, Very, Very Painful Stool? For an hour and a half.

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The Show People Podcast: Josh Boyd-Rochford takes 10%

In Audio, Features, Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays by Andrew KeatesLeave a Comment

In this episode of The Show People Podcast, host Andrew Keates is joined by Josh Boyd-Rochford, chief operating officer and an agent at Simon and How Associates, who also teaches, produces and is forever generating opportunities for theatre-makers.

We spoke with Josh about his entire life, career and lessons learned, as well as answer your questions about how to have the best relationship with your agent.

Episode features include:

Theatrical Tips:
Andrew reveals his theatrical tips of things to see and do this August 2018, including productions at The Park Theatre, Brasserie Zedel and the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh.

The Platform:
Today’s platform is given to The Wicker Husband with music and lyrics by Darren Clark and a book by Rhys Jennings (who happens to be our special guest’s husband too!) and a song called The Sparrow’s Tale, sung by Laura Wickham with Josh Sneesby on accordion, Anne-Marie Piazza on ukulele, Rachel Dawson on cello and composer Darren Clark on guitar.

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Head over to our new shop to purchase your very own Show People Podcast merchandise, including mugs and pens. All profits go toward Arion Productions Ltd and covering the costs of the Show People Podcast.

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Next Episode:
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