A story of adultery, betrayal, age discrimination, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, press intrusion, scandal, robbery… and a rescue at sea. Hardly the kind of subjects you would necessarily associate with Victorian music hall, and yet all that and more can be found in Marie Lloyd Stole My Life, a true tale of scandal, stardom and song in 19th century Islington, playing at London’s Rosemary Branch Theatre on 6 October 2022.
Opening in London this month is the transfer of the NT’s Nine Night (now at Trafalgar Studios), Jailbirds at the Etcetera Theatre, Pinocchio at The Albany, One For The Road at the Rosemary Branch, Orpheus at Battersea Arts Centre and Pinter 5 & 6 will arrive at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Project 2 – Katy Schutte and Chris Mead – are improvising 13 shows, a different one for every night of their run at the Rosemary Branch Theatre.
When I mentioned to friends the concept behind tonight’s production – thirty plays are performed within the space of an hour, with the audience deciding which order they’re acted in – they were skeptical that it might be a cheap gimmick which wouldn’t be pulled off effectively.
After 20 years running the Rosemary Branch, Cecilia Darker and Cleo Sylvestre moved on to pastures new in June this year. Unattended Items, a company with a focus on interactive theatre and design-led work, took over and have been busy programming work that has similar practices to their own.
New work about Fifty Shades of Grey, Kathy Acker and the body is allusive and strange.
I had never heard of Mary Seacole until I began working in UK schools, several years after my arrival to the UK. What a woman!
I had a great time last night (3 July 2014) hosting the post-show Q&A at the hilarious new “two-woman comedy about putting on a one-woman show”, The Frida Kahlo of Penge West. I was joined by writer/director Chris Larner and the show’s two stars, Cecily Nash and Laura Kirman. Amongst the topics discussed were: comedy […]