True-life transition tale Call Me Vicky, officially received its world premiere last night (21 February 2019) at London’s Pleasance Theatre. We’re looking forward to Terri Paddock’s post-show Q&A with the company and other Mates’ reviews. In the meantime, here are some first-look photos of the production. Time to get booking!
Sibling rivalry isn’t nearly as fun as sibling collaboration. We caught up with sisters Nicola and Stacey Bland about their debut play Call Me Vicky, which they’ve co-written, co-produced and also star in, playing versions of themselves to tell the remarkable true-life story of their trans godmother. Time to get booking!
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Sunday 24 February 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will be at the world premiere of Call Me Vicky, a transition tale inspired by two sisters’ own family experience. Got any questions?
We’re counting down to the world premiere of Call Me Vicky, sisters Nicola and Stacey Bland’s debut play which charts the true life story of a transwoman’s challenges in 1980s London. Sneak a peek inside rehearsals, with Wendi Peters playing mum – and then get booking!
Call Me Vicky, charting a transwoman’s challenges in 1980s London, is written by sisters and debut playwrights Nicola and Stacey Victoria Bland, inspired by their true-life godmother’s experience. Wendi Peters stars in the world premiere production. Time to get booking!
Actress Alice Sykes spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about starring in In Lipstick at the Pleasance Theatre.
A part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Thursday 15 November 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will meet international drag collective Sink the Pink to learn How to Catch a Krampus. Got any questions?
Most people also know that in the days leading to the ‘November Revolution’ in Russia, his cousin Tsar Nicholas II and family weren’t allowed to enter Britain and were eventually executed.
A clearly talented playwright and actor, Alan Flanagan creates a world that is not only drenched in reality but gives you a sensation of hope that will have you leaving the theatre all warm and fuzzy.
In our post-#MeToo world, consent and the right to be free from harassment is all-important. However, in matters of cyber-crimes, the law is less prescript as it’s harder to enforce iron-clad convictions. Gifted – which is written by Tom Ratcliffe and directed by Polina Kalinina – puts a human face on this conundrum.
Whatever happens, or unhappens, whatever nuttiness and confusion you’re in for, you’ll experience something special in the Spike Milligan-inspired A Sockful of Custard from Jeremy Stockwell.
The issue of Body Dysmorphic Disorder in men is a worthy theme for a play, and Tom Vallen’s script for A Gym Thing presents it without veering into didacticism. With a more developed ending and a bit of breathing space within the scenes, this is a play that could have a power that matches Will’s punches.
It’s the mothers, though, that are at the heart of Félicité du Jeu’s Spiked, and a final direct address to the audience proves that these three women have one thing in common: a wish to keep their kids safe, happy and healthy at all costs.
Dames holds up a mirror to different facets of young women today, showing them to be anything but easy to define or to neatly put into boxes.
Spiked is an intriguing collaboration between women, with all-female cast and creatives, but lacks the subtlety or the focus to deliver the impact it clearly intends.
One of the things I love about the Glass Splinters evenings is the variety of hitherto ‘unknown’ stories that are unearthed. Far from being recent participants in world events, Glass Splinters shows women have always been at the forefront of scientific discoveries, cultural revolutions and literary milestones.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Thursday 19 April 2018 at the Pleasance Theatre, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to Charlotte Merriam and the #FemalesWithNoFilter about the world premiere of DAMES. Got any questions?
Is it London if there’s isn’t at least a couple of Philip Ridley plays in the offing?! Hot on the heels of Angry in Southwark and with Vincent River now on at the Park, Lidless Theatre is reviving his 2010 play Moonfleece at North London’s Pleasance Theatre.
The allure of Assassins, this slice of Americana, as much musical history as it is socio-political, has proven enduringly popular as it explores something of the people behind the nine recorded attempted assassinations of US presidents.
Jordan Clarke’s band for Assassins is outstanding, and the two stars awarded by this review are for his quintet. See this show if you enjoy listening to Sondheim’s music played superbly. Otherwise, avoid.