Feb
21
Wed
2018
WORLD PREMIERE of Philip Ridley’s gender-neutral Angry: Three post-show Q&As with writer, creatives & stars @ Southwark Playhouse
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Georgie Henley & Tyrone Huntley star in Philip Ridley's Angry at Southwark Playhouse from 14 February to 10 March 2018

Georgie Henley & Tyrone Huntley star in Philip Ridley’s Angry at Southwark Playhouse from 14 February to 10 March 2018

After chairing a fascinating and rage-filled post-show Q&A with playwright Philip Ridley after Tonight with Donny Stixx, which opened at The Bunker in November 2016 just after the election of Donald Trump, I am thrilled to be asked to chair a series of three Q&As for the world premiere of his latest stage offering, ANGRY

Chronicles of Narnia‘s Georgie Henley and award-winning West End musical star Tyrone Huntley star in Ridley’s collection of six gender-neutral monologues: both know all the pieces and who follows whom in the order with each performance for an unmissable evening of comedy and drama that really needs to be seen twice (or, indeed, three times, should you also want to come to all three of the free post-show Q&As!)

The monologues cover subjects as diverse as refugees, millennial anger, and interstellar travel. All six will be performed by each actor over the course of the run.

A spaceship hurtles towards a black hole. A book-loving couple flee a burning city. A bloodshot eye conjures up kisses and wild animals.  Angry is a menacing, magical, and darkly comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times.

Philip Ridley developed ANGRY over a four-year period, working in close partnership with director Max Lindsay, who comments:

“Phil and I started exploring things that made us, well angry, and the play sort of grew out of that. We were drawn to this idea of what it means to be a man and to be a woman in the modern world, and where the differences are. Having the same words said by both a man and a woman over the course of the run will give the audiences the chance to see the how the same events can have a very different impact.

“What’s incredible is how relevant ANGRY feels today. Phil wrote it before President Trump, Weinstein and #MeToo, but it feels like it could have been a direct response to current events. He’s always a dozen steps ahead of the rest of us, it’s part of his genius.”

Philip Ridley exploded onto the British theatre scene in the early 1990s with his first two plays, The Pitchfork Disney and The Fastest Clock in the Universe. The second, his major breakthrough, caused a sensation when it premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1992, starring a young Jude Law and winning Ridley the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer, the Meyer Whitworth Prize, the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and a Time Out Award.

Fastest Clock‘s exploration of ‘metrosexuality’ and the ‘culture of youth’ was years ahead of its time, and it is now regarded as a contemporary classic. Ridley’s many other plays include Radiant Vermin, Tender Napalm, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Vincent River, Piranha Heights, Shivered, Tonight with Donny Stixx, Killer and Mercury Fur, as well as the screenplay for the 1990 film The Krays.

The premiere production of ANGRY is designed by James Turner Donnelly and produced by Tramp, whose Offie-nominated production of Tennessee Williams’ Confessional broke Southwark Playhouse’s box office record last year for their studio space.

During the course of the run, I’ll chair three post-show discussions after the 8pm evening performances:

  • Wednesday 21 February 2018: Writer Philip Ridley, director Max Lindsay, Georgie Henley, and Tyrone Huntley.
  • Wednesday 28 February 2018: Director Max Lindsay, plus designer James Turner Donnelly, lighting designer Cassie Mitchell, and sound designer Jim Whitcher.
  • Monday 5 March 2018: Philip Ridley, Max Lindsay, Georgie Henley, and Tyrone Huntley.

 

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Feb
28
Wed
2018
WORLD PREMIERE of Philip Ridley’s gender-neutral Angry: Three post-show Q&As with writer, creatives & stars @ Southwark Playhouse
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Georgie Henley & Tyrone Huntley star in Philip Ridley's Angry at Southwark Playhouse from 14 February to 10 March 2018

Georgie Henley & Tyrone Huntley star in Philip Ridley’s Angry at Southwark Playhouse from 14 February to 10 March 2018

After chairing a fascinating and rage-filled post-show Q&A with playwright Philip Ridley after Tonight with Donny Stixx, which opened at The Bunker in November 2016 just after the election of Donald Trump, I am thrilled to be asked to chair a series of three Q&As for the world premiere of his latest stage offering, ANGRY

Chronicles of Narnia‘s Georgie Henley and award-winning West End musical star Tyrone Huntley star in Ridley’s collection of six gender-neutral monologues: both know all the pieces and who follows whom in the order with each performance for an unmissable evening of comedy and drama that really needs to be seen twice (or, indeed, three times, should you also want to come to all three of the free post-show Q&As!)

The monologues cover subjects as diverse as refugees, millennial anger, and interstellar travel. All six will be performed by each actor over the course of the run.

A spaceship hurtles towards a black hole. A book-loving couple flee a burning city. A bloodshot eye conjures up kisses and wild animals.  Angry is a menacing, magical, and darkly comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times.

Philip Ridley developed ANGRY over a four-year period, working in close partnership with director Max Lindsay, who comments:

“Phil and I started exploring things that made us, well angry, and the play sort of grew out of that. We were drawn to this idea of what it means to be a man and to be a woman in the modern world, and where the differences are. Having the same words said by both a man and a woman over the course of the run will give the audiences the chance to see the how the same events can have a very different impact.

“What’s incredible is how relevant ANGRY feels today. Phil wrote it before President Trump, Weinstein and #MeToo, but it feels like it could have been a direct response to current events. He’s always a dozen steps ahead of the rest of us, it’s part of his genius.”

Philip Ridley exploded onto the British theatre scene in the early 1990s with his first two plays, The Pitchfork Disney and The Fastest Clock in the Universe. The second, his major breakthrough, caused a sensation when it premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1992, starring a young Jude Law and winning Ridley the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer, the Meyer Whitworth Prize, the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and a Time Out Award.

Fastest Clock‘s exploration of ‘metrosexuality’ and the ‘culture of youth’ was years ahead of its time, and it is now regarded as a contemporary classic. Ridley’s many other plays include Radiant Vermin, Tender Napalm, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Vincent River, Piranha Heights, Shivered, Tonight with Donny Stixx, Killer and Mercury Fur, as well as the screenplay for the 1990 film The Krays.

The premiere production of ANGRY is designed by James Turner Donnelly and produced by Tramp, whose Offie-nominated production of Tennessee Williams’ Confessional broke Southwark Playhouse’s box office record last year for their studio space.

During the course of the run, I’ll chair three post-show discussions after the 8pm evening performances:

  • Wednesday 21 February 2018: Writer Philip Ridley, director Max Lindsay, Georgie Henley, and Tyrone Huntley.
  • Wednesday 28 February 2018: Director Max Lindsay, plus designer James Turner Donnelly, lighting designer Cassie Mitchell, and sound designer Jim Whitcher.
  • Monday 5 March 2018: Philip Ridley, Max Lindsay, Georgie Henley, and Tyrone Huntley.

 

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Mar
5
Mon
2018
WORLD PREMIERE of Philip Ridley’s gender-neutral Angry: Three post-show Q&As with writer, creatives & stars @ Southwark Playhouse
Mar 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Georgie Henley & Tyrone Huntley star in Philip Ridley's Angry at Southwark Playhouse from 14 February to 10 March 2018

Georgie Henley & Tyrone Huntley star in Philip Ridley’s Angry at Southwark Playhouse from 14 February to 10 March 2018

After chairing a fascinating and rage-filled post-show Q&A with playwright Philip Ridley after Tonight with Donny Stixx, which opened at The Bunker in November 2016 just after the election of Donald Trump, I am thrilled to be asked to chair a series of three Q&As for the world premiere of his latest stage offering, ANGRY

Chronicles of Narnia‘s Georgie Henley and award-winning West End musical star Tyrone Huntley star in Ridley’s collection of six gender-neutral monologues: both know all the pieces and who follows whom in the order with each performance for an unmissable evening of comedy and drama that really needs to be seen twice (or, indeed, three times, should you also want to come to all three of the free post-show Q&As!)

The monologues cover subjects as diverse as refugees, millennial anger, and interstellar travel. All six will be performed by each actor over the course of the run.

A spaceship hurtles towards a black hole. A book-loving couple flee a burning city. A bloodshot eye conjures up kisses and wild animals.  Angry is a menacing, magical, and darkly comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times.

Philip Ridley developed ANGRY over a four-year period, working in close partnership with director Max Lindsay, who comments:

“Phil and I started exploring things that made us, well angry, and the play sort of grew out of that. We were drawn to this idea of what it means to be a man and to be a woman in the modern world, and where the differences are. Having the same words said by both a man and a woman over the course of the run will give the audiences the chance to see the how the same events can have a very different impact.

“What’s incredible is how relevant ANGRY feels today. Phil wrote it before President Trump, Weinstein and #MeToo, but it feels like it could have been a direct response to current events. He’s always a dozen steps ahead of the rest of us, it’s part of his genius.”

Philip Ridley exploded onto the British theatre scene in the early 1990s with his first two plays, The Pitchfork Disney and The Fastest Clock in the Universe. The second, his major breakthrough, caused a sensation when it premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1992, starring a young Jude Law and winning Ridley the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer, the Meyer Whitworth Prize, the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and a Time Out Award.

Fastest Clock‘s exploration of ‘metrosexuality’ and the ‘culture of youth’ was years ahead of its time, and it is now regarded as a contemporary classic. Ridley’s many other plays include Radiant Vermin, Tender Napalm, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Vincent River, Piranha Heights, Shivered, Tonight with Donny Stixx, Killer and Mercury Fur, as well as the screenplay for the 1990 film The Krays.

The premiere production of ANGRY is designed by James Turner Donnelly and produced by Tramp, whose Offie-nominated production of Tennessee Williams’ Confessional broke Southwark Playhouse’s box office record last year for their studio space.

During the course of the run, I’ll chair three post-show discussions after the 8pm evening performances:

  • Wednesday 21 February 2018: Writer Philip Ridley, director Max Lindsay, Georgie Henley, and Tyrone Huntley.
  • Wednesday 28 February 2018: Director Max Lindsay, plus designer James Turner Donnelly, lighting designer Cassie Mitchell, and sound designer Jim Whitcher.
  • Monday 5 March 2018: Philip Ridley, Max Lindsay, Georgie Henley, and Tyrone Huntley.

 

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Mar
11
Sun
2018
WORLD PREMIERE DRAMA After the Ball: Post-show Q&A with writer, director & cast @ Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Mar 11 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
After the Ball runs Upstairs at the Gatehouse from 7 to 24 March 2018

After the Ball runs Upstairs at the Gatehouse from 7 to 24 March 2018

Forward-thinking new company Time Productions follows up their inaugural success with Tiny Dynamite, the first London revival in 15 years of Abi Morgan’s play, with the world premiere of AFTER THE BALL, an epic, cross-generational, family saga, written by co-founder Ian Grant.

“You’ve been away almost two years. I haven’t seen you, I haven’t hardly heard from you… I’m your wife.”

Ian Grant’s new play explores how our acts reverberate down the generations. Inspired by a true event in 1918 and an unresolved family memory, AFTER THE BALL is a gripping ensemble piece, spanning sixty years, about desire, personal responsibility and the devastating repercussions of human conflict.

London, 1914. As the Great War breaks out in Europe, Blanche and William meet at a dance and marry. They share a political passion for peace, but William enlists to fight in Belgium. Amidst the horrors of the battlefield, he finds love with another woman, while Blanche is left at home with their baby.

Exploring love and betrayal during the war, AFTER THE BALL tears open the scars created by horror and guilt, and lays bare the lasting effect of war on the women of this family for generations to come.

Directed by Nadia Papachronopoulou (Unrivalled Landscape) and produced by Time Productions, AFTER THE BALL was shortlisted for the Terence Rattigan Society New Play Award 2017. The cast are: Jack Bennett, Mark Carlisle, Stuart Fox, Elizabeth Healey, Emily Tucker and Julia Watson.

Highgate playwright Ian Grant’s previous work includes Stella Europa (Hen and Chickens) and the libretto Thomas Boleyn (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre). Grant co-founded Time Productions after a successful 40-year career in publishing.

After the 4pm matinee performance of AFTER THE BALL  on Sunday 11 March 2018 at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate, London, I’ll chair a post-show Q&A with author Ian Grant, director Nadia Papachronopoulou and members of the cast.

 

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Apr
21
Sat
2018
EUROPEAN PREMIERE PLAY The Gulf: Post-show Q&A with cast + creatives @ Tristan Bates Theatre
Apr 21 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The Gulf runs at Tristan Bates Theatre from 17 April to 5 May 2018

The Gulf runs at Tristan Bates Theatre from 17 April to 5 May 2018

American dramatist Audrey Cefaly gets her UK debut with this European premiere of her award-winning play THE GULF. Let’s dive in together…

“I’m not the answer, baby. I’m not. I’m just me.”

Lovers Betty and Kendra waste away a languid summer day fishing on the Alabama Delta, stranded on a boat together, they are forced to confront their differences and untangle the issues they’re faced with.

With a lesbian relationship at the heart of the play, THE GULF is an honest representation of the challenges all relationships can endure, no matter the sexuality.

THE GULF is directed by Matthew Gould, whose many other recent credits include The Secondary Victim, Pete ‘n’ Keely and I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road – all of which I’ve also chaired Q&As for – as well as, back at Tristan Bates, the forthcoming actor-musician musical San Domino (and, yes, I’ve got a Q&A scheduled for that one too).

Hailing from the Deep South in America, Audrey Cefaly is a multi-award-winning writer whose work draws inspiration from her home state of Alabama and the Gulf Coast region. Her work is “finely tuned to the colourful voices and stories of working-class people and seeks to explore the human condition through intimate character‐driven vignettes expressly designed and edited to effect a cathartic release for the viewer”. Her other plays include Love is a Blue Tick Hound, Maytag Virgin and Alabaster.

After the 2.30pm matinee performance of THE GULF on Saturday 21 April 2018 at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre, I’ll chair a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team.

 

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Jun
9
Sat
2018
NEW ACTOR-MUSICIAN DRAMA San Domino: Post show Q&A with cast + creative @ Tristan Bates Theatre
Jun 9 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
San Domino runs at Tristan Bates Theatre 5 to 30 June 2018

San Domino runs at Tristan Bates Theatre 5 to 30 June 2018

Based on the reality of Italian Fascist leader Mussolini’s persecution of homosexualsSAN DOMINO is the story of men sentenced to five years confinement for degeneracy.

One night in 1939, Carlo, Claudio and friends are arrested in Catania. Condemned without any trial, they arrive on San Domino: a prison island solely for gay men. For all the indignity and squalor of prison life, men previously forced to live in the shadows now have no need to hide who they are. But whatever kind of life they may be trying to build, in the background war is looming.

SAN DOMINO‘s cast of actor-musicians conjures up an intimate tragi-comic world of love, loss and the struggle just to survive”.

This new British musical first previewed to an audience at the Courtyard Theatre, then played at Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival in 2014. The writers were inspired by the story of 45 gay men rounded up in Catania one night in 1939.

SAN DOMINO has book and lyrics by Tim Anfilogoff and music by Alan Whittaker. This full-scale premiere production is directed by Matthew Gould, whose many other recent credits include The Secondary Victim, Pete ‘n’ Keely and I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road – all of which I’ve also chaired Q&As for – as well as, preceding San Domino at Tristan Bates, Audrey Cefaly’s European premiere play The Gulf (and, yes, I’ve got a Q&A scheduled for that one too).

After the 2.30pm matinee performance of SAN DOMINO on Saturday 9 June 2018 at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre, I’ll chair a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team.

 

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