How much has theatre changed in its depiction of and access for blindness since Crystal Clear premiered in 1982 at the Old Red Lion Theatre? Gillian Dean, who stars in the three-hander’s first major revival this month, shares her experiences as a visually impaired performer and theatregoer. Time to get booking!
Crystal Clear was an early hit – and West End transfer – for London’s Old Red Lion Theatre. Now, as the theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary, Phil Young’s devised play about blindness prepares for its first major revival and a return home. Sneak a peek behind the scenes with our rehearsal photos and video – and then get booking!
Nearly 40 years after it premiered at the then-new Old Red Lion Theatre before transferring to the West End, Phil Young’s devised three-hander about one couple’s experience with blindness, Crystal Clear, returns next month as part of the fringe venue’s 40th-anniversary season. Time to get booking!
Timed to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the full-length premiere of Rachel Tookey’s award-winning new play Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem is now running at the Old Red Lion Theatre. I got to speak to Rachel and her producer-sister Hannah about how their own family inspired this story exploring how trauma and mental illness can be passed from one generation to the next.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Tuesday 7 May 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock talks to writer Rachel Tookey and the company of Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem. Got any questions?
Written and directed by mother-daughter duo Jacqueline and Tamar Saphra, The Noises is an intimate tale that illustrates the Venn diagram of relationships involving the family dog.
The Noises is about a dog, played by Amy McCallister, whose physicality of performance is unwavering and really serves to underline the canine nature of the character she is playing. She embodies Luna as a textured, multi-faceted character (and dog), and it’s very impressive.
Here are a few reads from Emma Clarendon’s Love London Love Culture that proved particularly popular in March.
Raw, insightful and brutally honest, Tom Ratcliffe’s play Circa returns to London following its premiere at The Vaults Festival in 2016.
Return of Tom Ratcliffe’s play Circa about gay life in today’s Britain: but it’s better at generalisation than at being specific.