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I was a big fan of Tom Ratcliffe’s VELVET at the VAULT Festival and so was intrigued to catch this production of his debut play Circa at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
Let’s hear it for pub theatres. Unheard of when I was a London teenager in the 1960s, there are now over 70 of them across the capital and they’re beginning to mushroom in other big cities too.
“A gripping production” and an “important play” featuring “top notch performances” – critics and bloggers have been full of praise for WildChild Productions’ #MeToo drama Anomaly at the Old Red Lion Theatre. Take a look at what they had to say, then book your tickets for this “pacy, perceptive debut play”.
Written by Liv Warden and directed by Adam Small, Anomaly is informed by recent events and the multifaceted accounts of women.
Off West End, the agency supporting the work of independent, alternative and fringe theatres in London, has now announced the 89 finalists for 28 of its Offies awards categories. In 2018, Offies assessors were invited to 400 shows across 80 venues across London, resulting in 430 nominations across 28 Offies categories. The Offies panel of assessors and critics have now …
While many of us have been eating far too many mince pies and celebrating the turn of the year, the team creating new drama Anomaly, have been hard at work preparing the play that opens at the Old Red Lion Theatre next week.
New play Anomaly shines a light on three women affected by an abuse scandal – not those that have been abused, but the daughters of the abuser. Director Adam Small told us why he felt this was a challenging but important story to tell.
What happens to the families of high profile men arrested for their abuse of power? That’s the question posed by new play Anomaly, which premieres at the Old Red Lion Theatre from 8 January to 2 February 2019.
There’s nothing quite like being smacked around the head by the brilliance of a theatre company and that was my experience the first time I saw Out of the Forest Theatre with their striking take on the story of Lizzie Borden – Bury the Hatchet. So, of course, I was delighted to find their newest show popping up as part of the London Horror Festival at the Old Red Lion.
One woman, her drums and a whole lotta rage against the patriarchy, Hear Me Howl is a defiant roar at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
I Am Of Ireland is a challenging play to be sure, and one which rightfully provides no easy answers, but it is an intelligent and uncompromising interrogation of a nation’s past that English playwright would do well to emulate.
Fundamentally In The Shadow Of The Mountain is about a couple, conceived in two people’s mental health struggles with BPD and depression, but it is also about what it means to be human and all its fragilities.
As Women’s History Month draws to a close, the folks at the Old Red Lion have put on a double-bill featuring up-and-coming female theatre-makers – Tik-sho-ret Theatre Company’s Under The Skin and Frigg Theatre’s Is This Thing On?
Catherine Lucie’s’s new play – The Moor at the Red Lion Theatre – pulls off the excellent trick, of giving the audience a denouement that resolves the mystery, while still maintaining the possibility that something much weirder is afoot.
The slow reveal of Sonia’s growing love for George is well played by Cressida Bonas, who by the end of this story seems like a woman who’d kill to protect her man. Peter Hamilton Dyer is also brilliant as George Orwell.
Sneak a peek at shots of Humans star Lucy Carless preparing to make her theatre debut, alongside the rest of the cast rehearsing for the world premiere of Tallulah Brown’s new play Sea Fret
This devised production from director Lilac Yosiphon and Althea Theatre’s cast of 8 has some excellent source material in the form of letters about love and conflict but it feels like an end of year showcase with too many ideas that aren’t fully developed.
But for me the play does that extra thing – it takes a very specific subject, and elevates it to have universal themes and journeys which will touch the minds and hearts of a very wide audience. Almost all of us have felt that we are outsiders at some point. Many of us have experience of balancing our private lives, attractions and passions with our public world of employment and expected roles. Too many people experience levels of bullying and challenge for the person they want to be, rather than the person they are expected to be. I am no rugby player or sportsman. I don’t have locker room experience. But the themes transcend that setting and touched me deeply.
This is Ben. See Ben run. See Ben play on X-Box. See Ben go to Syria. Lucinda Burnett’s clever concept, Correspondence, is smartly staged at the Old Red Lion and blessed with a credible and charismatic central performance by Joe Attewell as sixteen-year-old Ben.
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