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WATCH Escape From Planet Trash post-show Q&A video: Why have Sink the Pink blasted off to outer space?

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I had my own introduction to Ginger Johnson and Sink the Pink a year ago when I chaired a Q&A for How to Catch a Krampus, the first in a new queer trilogy at the Pleasance Theatre, which also marked the drag collective’s first-ever theatrical residency after a decade of mega club nights, festivals and glitter-doused parties.

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WATCH An Act of God post-show Q&A video: Is the Almighty a peri-menopausal woman… like Zoe Lyons?

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How do you get SIX MILLION followers on Twitter? As someone who spends all day most days on social media, I’m staggered by the very notion. It must require divine intervention… of sorts. David Javerbaum has achieved it.

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WATCH The House of the Spirits Q&A video: How does Isabel Allende’s novel work onstage?

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Are you fans of Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits? Allende’s multi-award-winning debut novel, released in 1982, charts four generations of one family from the 1920s and the 1970s, and how tightly entwined their personal fortunes are with political winds of change.

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‘I never thought, oh, one day The Boy in the Dress will be a musical with the RSC’: Interview with author David Walliams

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After several years’ development, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s highly anticipated new musical – an adaptation of best-selling children’s author David Walliams‘ 2008 debut novel The Boy in the Dress with a book by Mark Ravenhill and music and lyrics by chart-topping songwriters Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers – is gearing up for its world premiere. Ahead of […]

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WATCH: After #MeToo, should we stop staging The Taming of the Shrew?

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As the RSC’s latest staging of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, here’s a throwback to when Mate Terri Paddock chaired a fascinating panel discussion in Stratford-upon-Avon around the themes in the play and production.

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WATCH Ages of the Moon Q&A video: Do British actors have a different take on Sam Shepard?

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I’m a big fan of the late, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright (and Oscar-nominated actor) Sam Shepard. How wonderful to be able to see and discuss one of his late plays, Ages of the Moon, which now receives its UK premiere two years after Shepard passed away.

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WATCH Groan Ups Q&A video: What’s the secret of Mischief Theatre’s success?

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As part of an ongoing series, I’ve chaired post-show talks with various Mischief Theatre casts this year, all of whom waxed lyrical about the brilliance of the company founders. Last week, I had a chance to pose questions to those original mischief-makers themselves at their brand-new comedy Groan Ups.

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The Girl Who Fell Q&A video: How is social media damaging our children?

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I feel like I’ve known writer Sarah Rutherford for years… that’s one of the positives of social media. (We follow each other on Twitter.) The irony is it’s her new play, The Girl Who Fell, about some of the negatives of social media that finally precipitated my meeting her in person.

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The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Q&A video: How do a new cast put their stamp on a long-running show?

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What fun to return to the Criterion Theatre to see a brand-new cast put their stamp on Mischief Theatre’s The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, as the first in a series of monthly post-show Q&As with the comic geniuses. Watch the full discussion.

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Q&A video: 20 years after she wrote it, Paloma Pedrero witnesses the UK premiere of The Eyes of the Night

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I thought it was especially interesting to have lighting designer Nigel Lewis involved in the discussion – I was fascinated to hear how terrifying it was for him to plunge the stage into darkness for a lengthy portion of the evening.

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Q&A video: Why did Arrows & Traps reset Jekyll & Hyde during the US presidential race?

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Arrows & Traps’ 18th production in its five-year history is also its tenth at London’s Brockley Jack Theatre, where it is now an associate company, and its third in a Gothic trilogy. And it’s a corker.