All by myself: Solo theatre at the Face to Face Festival

Four of the nine Festival Highlights shows I worked on in August were solo pieces. And over the years of visiting the Edinburgh Fringe, I estimate that at least 60% of all those shows I’ve seen there have been solos – and that’s not including any stand-up.

Personally, I love a good solo piece. […]

Shakespeare and chocolate combine in Sweet Theatre bars

Any chance of dieting this month went out the window with the arrival of this beautiful care package of Sweet Theatre’s Shakespeare’s Leading Ladies chocolate bars.

Sweet Theatre is the brainchild of Sally Humphreys, a theatre producer and keen confectioner. For many years, Sally has been the cupcake maker of choice for West End openings […]

Mobile switch-off: My role in the Theatre Charter movement

Have you lost count how many times a mobile has gone off when you’re at the theatre? I have. And I marvel at the timing. Doesn’t it always seem to be at a quiet, crucial moment of performance?

In truth, what’s started to annoy me even more than mobiles ringing – it is possible accidentally […]

  • Jersey Boys stars Ryan Molloy, Philip Bulcock and Stephen Ashfield in the film Everybody Knows My Name
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    The Jersey Boys‘ lost song (and VIDEO): Reminted by original London four

The Jersey Boys‘ lost song (and VIDEO): Reminted by original London four

Clint Eastwood eat your heart out. While the Jersey Boys big screen release has received lukewarm reviews, I’m giving a massively big thumbs-up to a small screen release featuring the stage musical’s original four West End stars.

Everybody Knows My Name is the brainchild of actor Philip Bulcock, who played The Four Seasons’ Nick Massi […]

  • Dermot Crowley and Billie Piper star in Great Britain, Richard Bean's new satire at the National Theatre
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    Hacked off: Bean and Hytner put the Great back into Britain with political satire

Hacked off: Bean and Hytner put the Great back into Britain with political satire

The News of the World phone hacking trial may have ended yesterday, but the drama continues at the National Theatre where, less than 24 hours after the end of the eight-month trial at the Old Bailey, outgoing artistic director Nicholas Hytner this morning finally confirmed rumours that Richard Bean has indeed been working on […]

  • What I Learned Today: End of month video report
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    What I learned today: End of challenge VIDEO report (+ my first-ever vlog!)

What I learned today: End of challenge VIDEO report (+ my first-ever vlog!)

I officially finished my one-month blog challenge on 9 May 2014. And to celebrate, I set myself a new learning challenge: to film and edit my first-ever video blog, in which I grade my progress. So here’s my challenge on the challenge and the challenges I faced in completing it… You get the idea.

Including […]

  • Jesus has left the building at the 'godless' Sunday Assembly services
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    What I learned today: How to get the best bits of church with pop songs and no mention of God

What I learned today: How to get the best bits of church with pop songs and no mention of God

Having just posted about St Paul’s Cathedral, it may seem a little odd to immediately follow up with an apparently “anti-church” blog, but I did warn you that my topics, and the scheduling of them, would be random as part of this month’s challenge! So here goes on today’s… I have many deeply religious […]

Old versus young actors and audiences: Home Sweet Home

Every subsidised theatre, as well as PR and social media savvy commercial producers, has an audience development agenda. Though the idea, of course, is to make theatre accessible to all, including ethnic minorities and disabled groups, the lion’s share of the outreach attention and effort is directed at getting young people into theatre. (Ticketmaster’s […]