At the car wash today and even though it was quiet and they wanted to chat, I avoided saying ‘where are you from’ to the five guys lavishing ten minutes’ soapy attention on my bodywork. According to Joe Sellman-Leava, whose monologue Labels just opened the handy new studio space at Theatre Royal Stratford East, it’s racist.
The Perfect Pitch Award, co-presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East, is a sort of Dragons Den for new musical writing … with a twist. In this, long before the aspirants get to the pitch stage, the dragons actually put them together.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss three new plays beyond the West End: David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano at Hampstead Theatre, Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam at Theatre 503 and Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Meera Syal’s novel Anita and Me at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
MEERA SYAL’S MEENA…A MEMORY OF THE 70s, THOUGHTFUL FOR TODAY Any show playing Slade and T. Rex standards before the curtain has me well softened up So does the wide, generous vision of Meera Syal, whose 1996 novel (set twenty … Continue reading →
Theatre Royal Stratford East has announced details of their latest season of work that will take place from September 2015-January 2016. The new season highlights the theatre’s long-standing commitment to championing new writing, delivering world-class musical theatre and provoking debate about widening access to the arts for all. Kerry Michael, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East said: “We are …
“Talk about handling a hot potato,” Gabriel Quigley said to me after I chaired a post-show Q&A with her and her co-star Richard Clements following last Thursday’s performance of Spoiling at Theatre Royal Stratford East. John McCann’s new play, a co-production between Stratford East and Scotland’s Traverse Theatre, is ferociously topical – taking as its […]
Not many of London’s ‘urban villages’ have been more mauled about than Stratford. A combination of attritive decay with a succession of ham-fisted local authority interventions begat a poundshop-dominated 70s shopping arcade on a windswept island choked by a red necklace of double-deckers. The construction of the Olympic site andWestfield complex is a further haymaker […]
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