May
30
Thu
2019
MISCHIEF MAY: Post-show Q&A at smash-and-grab hit The Comedy About A Bank Robbery @ Criterion Theatre
May 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is now booking til May 2020 at the West End's Criterion Theatre

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is now booking til May 2020 at the West End’s Criterion Theatre

Breaking into its third year, Mischief Theatre’s smash-and-grab hit The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast, fabulous comedy caper and the funniest show in the West End.

Summer 1958. Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man. With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can’t be trusted. In a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel?

It would be criminal to miss this dynamite comedy… especially when there’s a post-show Q&A with the mischief-makers.

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“This is the funniest show in the West End” – The Telegraph
“A fast & fabulous comedy caper is a joyful night out” – The Times

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre and starring the Mischief Theatre Company who brought you the Olivier Award-winning Best New Comedy The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong.

The current cast at the West End’s Criterion Theatre features Jenna Augen, Jack Baldwin, Matthew Cavendish, Leonard Cook, Chris Leask, Jack Whittle and Jean-Luke Worrell.

After The Comedy About A Bank Robbery on Thursday 30 May 2019, I’ll be joined by members of the company. Any questions? Join us!

Jun
3
Mon
2019
MUST-SEE WEST END COMEDY Education, Education, Education: Post-show Q&A with The Wardrobe Ensemble @ Trafalgar Studios 1
Jun 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
The Wardrobe Ensemble's hit runs at the West End's Trafalgar Studios 31 May-29 June 2019

The Wardrobe Ensemble’s hit runs at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 31 May-29 June 2019

I’m feeling nostalgic already! Can’t wait to return to Trafalgar Studios, this time in the main house, and talk to The Wardrobe Ensemble about Education, Education, Education their award-winning throwback to the 1990s and the halcyon days of ‘Cool Britannia’.

It’s May 1997. The iPhone doesn’t exist, no one knows who Harry Potter is, Titanic is on the shelves of every Blockbuster and we have just won Eurovision. Britain is the coolest place in the world.

 “First a Eurovision win and now Tony’s our new Prime Minister. I can barely recognize this country; you know I actually saw people smiling on the train this morning.”

At the local secondary school, it’s a different story. It’s the last week of term and Tobias, the new German language assistant has just arrived in the UK. While political change occurs outside of the classroom, a revolution slowly starts to take place within it. Tobias is greeted by a group of eccentric schoolteachers just trying to make it through the day, including Miss Belltop-Doyle who can’t control her year 10s and Mr Pashley who is trying to keep a confiscated Tamagotchi alive.

This whip-smart show is a love letter to education in the 90s and is jam-packed with more hits than ‘Now That’s What I Call 1997’ including Oasis, Katrina and the Waves, The Spice Girls and crammed with Teletubbies references, jokes about Take That and the Macarena.

The Wardrobe Ensemble uses its singular style of irreverent humour and inventive theatricality to dissect education and responsibility at the dawn of Blair’s Britain in 1997. In Education, Education, Education audiences are thrown back to the 90s; the music, the fads and the icons as well as issues that remain pertinent to the 21st-century experience.

The piece, written by The Wardrobe Ensemble, is directed by the company’s Jesse Jones and Helen Middleton and stars Tom England, Emily Greenslade, Jesse Meadows, James Newton, Tom Brennan and Ben Vardy.

After the 7.30pm performance on Monday 3 June 2019, I’ll talk to members of The Wardrobe Ensemble company. Any questions? Join us!

Jul
2
Tue
2019
NINA SIMONE-INSPIRED Black is the Color of My Voice: Q&A with writer & star Apphia Campbell @ The Vaults Theatre
Jul 2 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm
Black is the Color of My Voice runs at The Vaults Theatre 27 June-13 July 2019

Black is the Color of My Voice runs at The Vaults Theatre 27 June-13 July 2019

I missed Apphia Campbell’s previous London runs for her acclaimed one-woman play Black is the Color of My Voice. Happily, it’s now returning for a three-week summer season at The Vaults and – lucky me – I get to chair a post-show Q&A with amazing Apphia.

Following sell-out seasons in Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh and at London’s Trafalgar Studios, Wilton’s Music Hall and Crazy Coqs, the Fringe First award winner Apphia Campbell brings her acclaimed play with music to The Vaults Theatre.

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black is The Color Of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.

Apphia Campbell is originally from Florida and, after graduating from college, she moved to New York where she performed Off-Broadway. In 2009, Apphia moved to Shanghai, China where she sang blues, jazz and pop in various venues and eventually formed Play The Spotlight Theatre Company, focussing on new works and musical pieces.

In 2013 she wrote Black is the Color of My Voice and opened in Shanghai to rave reviews before performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014, where it sold out, and touring the UK. In 2017, her new show with Meredith Yarbrough, Woke, was presented as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase, won a Scotsman Fringe First, a Highly Commended award from Amnesty International, and was shortlisted for The Filipa Bragança Award and Scottish Art Club Theatre Award, returning for a sell-out second Edinburgh Fringe season and UK tour in 2018. Ahead of Black is the Color of My Voice’s Vaults run, Woke transfers to Battersea Arts Centre.

“Campbell may wear Simone’s trademark head wrap, but her performance goes beyond impersonation” – ★★★★ The Times 

“Nothing short of sensational… Campbell will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears” – ★★★★★ Broadway Baby  

“Compelling & heartbreaking, punctuated with bursts of song” – ★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine

Black is the Color of My Voice is produced by James Seabright, an Olivier Award-winning theatre producer whose other current shows include Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt, Potted Potter, The Crown Dual, The Falcon’s Malteser and Trainspotting Live.

After the 7.45pm performance of Black is the Color of My Voice on Tuesday 7 July 2019, I’ll talk to Apphia Campbell about Nina Simone, the blues and her journey to date. Any questions? Join us!

Jul
30
Tue
2019
POWERFUL NEW ANTI-WAR PLAY The Time Of Our Lies: Two post-show Q&As about Howard Zinn & ‘artivism’ @ Park Theatre
Jul 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
The Time of Our Lies runs from 30 July-10 August 2019 at London's Park Theatre

The Time of Our Lies runs from 30 July-10 August 2019 at London’s Park Theatre

I’m delighted to return to the Park Theatre for two post-show discussions accompanying the London premiere of Bianca Bagatourian’s The Time Of Our Lies, inspired by the highly influential American historian and anti-war activist Howard Zinn…

“When I say history is a matter of life and death, I mean this: If you really don’t know history, you are a victim of whatever the authorities tell you. You have no way of checking up on them. You have no way of deciding whether there is any truth in what they are saying” – Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn was an American historian, professor and social activist, widely considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. His book, A People’s History of the United States, has sold two million copies and become required reading in schools worldwide.

The Time Of Our Lies explores Zinn’s personal history, including being a soldier who dropped bombs on Rouen, France in WWll. This fateful moment troubled him for the rest of his days and shaped the man who would become a moral compass for the United States in ways that are more relevant today than ever before.

“I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is… to tell the truth” – Howard Zinn

This play features songs using Howard’s own words, combined with first-person accounts of war from other soldiers, all juxtaposed against an incongruously beautiful backdrop of Butoh movement.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival run of The Time Of Our Lies was co-produced by Viggo Mortensen and sponsored by Eddie Vedder, Tom Shadyac, Myla Kabat-Zinn, Tim Robbins and was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2014. The run at the Park Theatre is sponsored by the Vitalogy Foundation, the non-profit organisation founded by members of the band Pearl Jam.

The Time Of Our Lies is a battle cry for democracy, transparency and inclusion in our world – the play embodies Zinn’s battle for social justice and his lifelong struggle against false historical narratives written by those in power that poison the well for true democracy.


Two post-show events

Tuesday 30 July 2019 – The Zinn Factor

  • Who was Howard Zinn? How much has he influenced today’s political thinkers and leaders? What might he think about the state of democracy across the globe in 2019? And how did his work inspire this new stage play about his life? I’ll talk to the play’s author Bianca Bagatourian, who worked with Zinn before his death in 2010, and director Ché Walker. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

Tuesday 6 August 2019 – Artivism

  • I’ll be joined by Bianca Bagatourian, Ché Walker and members of the company to talk about their experience creating The Time Of Our Lies and what fuels their own social and political activism. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.
Aug
6
Tue
2019
POWERFUL NEW ANTI-WAR PLAY The Time Of Our Lies: Two post-show Q&As about Howard Zinn & ‘artivism’ @ Park Theatre
Aug 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
The Time of Our Lies runs from 30 July-10 August 2019 at London's Park Theatre

The Time of Our Lies runs from 30 July-10 August 2019 at London’s Park Theatre

I’m delighted to return to the Park Theatre for two post-show discussions accompanying the London premiere of Bianca Bagatourian’s The Time Of Our Lies, inspired by the highly influential American historian and anti-war activist Howard Zinn…

“When I say history is a matter of life and death, I mean this: If you really don’t know history, you are a victim of whatever the authorities tell you. You have no way of checking up on them. You have no way of deciding whether there is any truth in what they are saying” – Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn was an American historian, professor and social activist, widely considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. His book, A People’s History of the United States, has sold two million copies and become required reading in schools worldwide.

The Time Of Our Lies explores Zinn’s personal history, including being a soldier who dropped bombs on Rouen, France in WWll. This fateful moment troubled him for the rest of his days and shaped the man who would become a moral compass for the United States in ways that are more relevant today than ever before.

“I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is… to tell the truth” – Howard Zinn

This play features songs using Howard’s own words, combined with first-person accounts of war from other soldiers, all juxtaposed against an incongruously beautiful backdrop of Butoh movement.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival run of The Time Of Our Lies was co-produced by Viggo Mortensen and sponsored by Eddie Vedder, Tom Shadyac, Myla Kabat-Zinn, Tim Robbins and was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2014. The run at the Park Theatre is sponsored by the Vitalogy Foundation, the non-profit organisation founded by members of the band Pearl Jam.

The Time Of Our Lies is a battle cry for democracy, transparency and inclusion in our world – the play embodies Zinn’s battle for social justice and his lifelong struggle against false historical narratives written by those in power that poison the well for true democracy.


Two post-show events

Tuesday 30 July 2019 – The Zinn Factor

  • Who was Howard Zinn? How much has he influenced today’s political thinkers and leaders? What might he think about the state of democracy across the globe in 2019? And how did his work inspire this new stage play about his life? I’ll talk to the play’s author Bianca Bagatourian, who worked with Zinn before his death in 2010, and director Ché Walker. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

Tuesday 6 August 2019 – Artivism

  • I’ll be joined by Bianca Bagatourian, Ché Walker and members of the company to talk about their experience creating The Time Of Our Lies and what fuels their own social and political activism. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.
Sep
6
Fri
2019
RE-IMAGINED CLASSIC WITH POLITICAL TWIST Jekyll & Hyde: Post-show Q&A with writer-adaptor & cast @ Brockley Jack Theatre
Sep 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Will Pinchin & Christopher Tester star as Jekyll & Hyde in Arrows & Traps' news adaptation

Will Pinchin & Christopher Tester star as Jekyll & Hyde in Arrows & Traps’ news adaptation

I’m a huge fan of the work of renowned Off-West End pioneers Arrows & Traps and the incredibly inventive adaptations of the company’s co-founder and artistic director Ross McGregor. I’m delighted to make my Arrows & Traps Q&A debut – particularly with this politically charged take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Gothic horror. Right up my street.

“The object of power is power” – George Orwell

2020. The President Of The United States has fallen, impeached for corruption and now awaits trial. As the American Senate slides into chaos, election fever grips the nation.

In the wake of yet another mass shooting, Senator Henry Jekyll, a bold, young, liberal independent, announces his candidacy to run for the Oval Office. His one promise: to end America’s toxic love affair with guns. Emboldened by a landmark level of public support, and the backing of Big Pharma, Jekyll’s victory seems almost inevitable.

However, as Voting Day draws ever nearer, Gabrielle Utterson, Jekyll’s campaign manager grows increasingly suspicious of her senator’s running mate – Mister Edward Hyde.  As the rumours and accusations multiply, Utterson must race to uncover exactly what power Hyde holds over Jekyll – before he becomes just one heartbeat away from the most powerful man in the free world.

Thirteen-time Off West End Award-Nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre bring their critically-acclaimed modern twist to Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic Gothic classic The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde, reimagining it as a gripping political thriller set in the halls of American power.

This bold new adaptation, written and directed by Ross McGregor, stays true to the original text’s themes, making it a great night of entertainment for fans for the novella, a thrilling and clear physicalisation for GCSE students of the text, and the perfect launching point for newcomers to the tale. Will Pinchin and Christopher Tester star as Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde.

After the 7.30pm performance of The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde on Friday 6 September 2019, I’ll be joined by writer-director Ross McGregor and the company. Any questions? Join us!