Jan
17
Fri
2020
UK PREMIERE OF 1950s-SET COMEDY-DRAMA COPS: Post-show Q&A with director and cast @ Southwark Playhouse
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Terri Paddock chairs a post-show Q&A at the UK premiere of COPS at Southwark Playhouse on 17 January 2020

The UK premiere of COPS runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse 15 January to 1 February 2020

Chicago. 1957. Four cops, of different ages, classes and races, all suspicious of each other, must grab a gangster turned state witness before the Mob can get him.

Outside their office, the world is changing. The Civil Rights movement. Race riots. Mass consumerism. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Elvis has arrived. Sex is everywhere.

COPS was inspired by real-life events in the often brutal and corrupt world of 1950s Chicago policing and mob violence. With wit, humour and razor-sharp, fast-moving dialogue, this emotionally powerful and poignant new play movingly reveals the men’s personal stories.

As much comedy as it is drama, with wonderfully written characters, razor-sharp, witty banter, authentic spiky dialogue, and explosive scenes of emotional power and soul-baring poignancy, COPS examines masculinity and racism whilst offering a touching message about how love conquers all and blood being thicker than water.

Writer Tony Tortora is originally from Brooklyn but now lives in Harrogate, England. The first few lines of COPS sprang into his mind while reading an account of a real-life 1950’s Chicago criminal case. While the cops are fictional, the gangsters’ names are all taken from their real-life counterparts. Despite its carefully researched period story, the play’s depiction of the need for people from widely differing ethnic and social backgrounds to overcome prejudice and suspicion and work together seems just as relevant now.

COPS stars Roger Alborough, Jack Flammiger, Daniel Francis and James Sobol Kelly, directed by Andy Jordan for Andy Jordan Productions and Pluto Productions.

As part of COPS official opening night, following the 8pm performance on Friday 17 January 2020, I’ll talk to director-producer Andy Jordan and the company. Any questions? Join us!

Jan
23
Thu
2020
MISCHIEF SERIES: Post-show talk at the world premiere of Magic Goes Wrong @ Vaudeville Theatre
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Mischief Theatre's Magic Goes Wrong

Magic Goes Wrong runs 14 December 2019 to 15 March 2020 at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre

In the latest of a monthly series of Mischief Theatre post-show talks in the West End, I’ll return to the Vaudeville Theatre, where, following Groan Ups, the company’s year-long season of new work continues with a brand-new ‘goes wrong’ comedy.

Created with magic legends Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre conjure up an evening of grand illusion in Magic Goes Wrong. In the next ‘Goes Wrong’ comedy to hit the West End, the original Mischief company play a hapless gang of magicians presenting a charity event. As the accidents spiral out of control, so does their fundraising target!

The Magic Goes Wrong cast features original Mischief Theatre’s Bryony Corrigan (as Spitzmaus), Roxy Faridany (Eugenia), Dave Hearn (The Blade), Henry Lewis (Mind Mangler), Henry Shields (Sophisticato), Jonathan Sayer (Mickey) and Nancy Zamit (Bear). The cast is completed by Natasha Culley, Laurence Pears, Sydney K Smith and Liv Spencer.

The new comedy is written by Mischief’s Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis and Henry Shields with Penn & Teller, directed by Adam Meggido, with set design by Will Bowen, costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by David Howe and sound by Paul Groothuis, music by Steve Brown, movement by Ali James, video and projection by Duncan McLean, with Ben Hart as magic consultant and Hannay Sharkey as associate director.

After the 7.30pm performance of Magic Goes Wrong on Thursday 23 January 2020, I’ll be joined by Mischief Theatre creatives and cast members. Any questions? Join us!

Jan
30
Thu
2020
WORLD PREMIERE POLITICAL DRAMA For the Sake of Argument: Post-show talk with writer/director and cast @ Bridewell Theatre
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
For the Sake of Argument runs at London's Bridewell Theatre from 28 January to 8 February 2020

For the Sake of Argument runs at London’s Bridewell Theatre from 28 January to 8 February 2020

How much responsibility should journalists take for the words they write? Are we all ‘citizen journalists’ now? How much responsibility should we take for the information we share and the arguments we make online?

In world premiere drama For the Sake of Argument, written and directed by Harry Darell, Eleanor Hickock is a passionate and argumentative polemical journalist who becomes the Iraq War’s chief evangelist. For her, conversations are a battleground and words are tools for manipulation.

Eleanor’s stance on the US-UK led 2003 invasion to oust Saddam Hussein persuades one young reader, Mark, to enlist. When Mark’s mother seeks out the journalist who convinced her son to die for his country, sparks fly and violent confrontations ensue. Eleanor is faced with a family in mourning and is asked to answer for it.

This hard-hitting new play interrogates the power and danger of language. In our world of clickbait and instantaneous reaction on social media, people formulate entire beliefs based on 240 characters and the headlines of pieces they’ve barely read. This play looks to promote the value of compassion and understanding, highlighting the dangers of flippantly taking radical positions on important issues. It encourages patience rather than knee-jerk reaction.

In For the Sake of Argument, Ashleigh Cole stars as Eleanor Hickock alongside Georgie Farmer, Greg Snowden, Paula Cassina, Ella May, Arthur Velarde, Harry Eaton-Mercer, Lucia France, Matt Weyland and Harry Farmer.

After the 7.30pm performance on Thursday 30 January 2020, I’ll be joined by writer/director Harry Darell and members of the For the Sake of Argument. Any questions? Join us! 

Feb
7
Fri
2020
PSYCHOLOGICAL PORTRAIT OF ‘The Little Tramp’ Chaplin: Post-show talk with Arrows & Traps writer and director Ross McGregor @ Brockley Jack Theatre
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Arrows & Traps' new play Chaplin premieres at London's Brockley Jack Studio Theatre in February 2020

Chaplin runs at London’s Brockley Jack Studio Theatre from 4 to 22 February 2020

After my post-show talk to Jekyll & Hyde in September, I’m delighted to return to Brockley Jack Theatre for Chaplin, another Arrows & Traps production – and more exciting still, a brand-new play, written and directed by artistic director Ross McGregor.

“What a sad business, being funny” Limelight (1952)

For over 100 years, Charlie Chaplin has been the world’s best-loved clown.  His brilliant comic creation of “The Little Tramp” is the first and most recognisable cinematic icon in history. But his remarkable story of stardom and success has a darker side.

Raised in the horrific, grinding poverty of a Victorian slum, Charlie never knew the security of a stable family.  Whilst his parents destroyed themselves with disastrous ambition and unshakeable vice, Charlie was thrown at the mercy of the workhouse. Desperate to escape his feral existence on the streets of South London, Charlie became captivated by the shining lights of vaudeville, and gradually began to see a way out.

Arrows & Traps return to Brockley Jack with the premiere of Chaplin, an examination of the relationship between experience and creativity. You’re invited to discover how Charlie Chaplin spun personal tragedy into universal comedy, in a psychological exploration of one of the world’s most remarkable lives.

Critically-acclaimed, 17-time Offies-nominated Arrows & Traps’ many other sell-out hits at Brockley Jack include Jekyll & Hyde, One Giant Leap, Dracula, The White Rose, Frankenstein and Crime & PunishmentChaplin is once again written and directed by artistic director Ross McGregor. It’s produced by Christopher Tester.

After the 7.30pm of Chaplin on Friday 7 February 2020, I’ll be joined by the play’s writer and director Ross McGregor and members of the Arrows & Traps cast. Any questions? Join us!

Mar
3
Tue
2020
SHAKESPEARE’S BLOODY CLASSIC RE-IMAGINED Macbeth: Lazarus Theatre post-show panel debate @ Greenwich Theatre
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Lazarus Theatre's production of Macbeth runs at London's Greenwich Theatre 26 February-7 March 2020

Lazarus Theatre’s production of Macbeth runs at London’s Greenwich Theatre 26 February-7 March 2020

After 2019 season productions of The Tempest, Lord of the Flies and Salome, I’m delighted to reunite with Lazarus Theatre to chair a series of post-show debates with the company for their 2020 residency at Greenwich Theatre: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.

“When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain?”

Victorious from a bloody battle the triumphant Macbeth is greeted by the three weird sisters. Inspired and driven by their incredible prophecies he sets out on the path to conquer all. A story of ambition, leadership and belief.

Shakespeare’s supernatural and bloody Macbeth bursts onto the stage in this epic new ensemble production and features as the first production in Lazarus Theatre’s third year-long residency at Greenwich Theatre.

Macbeth is adapted and directed by Ricky Dukes and is produced in association with The Greenwich Theatre as part of Lazarus’ Greenwich Made / Greenwich Played residency.

For the Q&A after the 7.30pm performance of Macbeth on Tuesday 21 May 2019, I’ll be joined by artistic director Ricky Dukes, the company and guests. Any questions? Join us!

Mar
31
Tue
2020
IBSEN’s CLASSIC RE-IMAGINED Hedda Gabler: Lazarus Theatre post-show panel debate
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lazarus Theatre's production of Hedda Gabler runs at London's Greenwich Theatre 25 March-4 April 2020

Lazarus Theatre’s production of Hedda Gabler runs at London’s Greenwich Theatre 25 March-4 April 2020

After 2019 season productions of The Tempest, Lord of the Flies and Salome, I’m delighted to reunite with Lazarus Theatre to chair a series of post-show debates with the company for their 2020 residency at Greenwich Theatre: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.

“Well, I shall have one thing at least to kill time with in the meanwhile. My pistols, George.”

Intelligent and ambitious Hedda is newly married and suffocating. Her pursuit of her own identity and survival leads to one of the most dramatic climaxes in stage history.

Ibsen’s searing masterpiece Hedda Gabler comes to the stage in this blistering new version adapted by Lazarus Associate Director Sara Reimers.

This ensemble production features as the second production in our third year-long residency at Greenwich Theatre. Hedda Gabler is produced in association with The Greenwich Theatre and is part of our Greenwich Made / Greenwich Played residency.

Note: This production is suitable for patrons aged 14 plus. Contains haze, gun shots and scenes of a violent nature.

For the Q&A after the 7.30pm performance of Hedda Gabler on Tuesday 31 March 2019, I’ll be joined by adapter Sara Reimers, the company and guests. Any questions? Join us!

Apr
8
Wed
2020
UK PREMIERE OF AWARD-WINNING DRAMA Never Not Once: Post-show talk with director and company @ Park Theatre
Apr 8 @ 7:45 pm – 10:15 pm
Never Not Once runs at London's Park Theatre from 1 to 25 April 2020

Never Not Once runs at London’s Park Theatre from 1 to 25 April 2020

After my 2019 event to Katharine Farmer’s revival of 1980s Wall Street satire Other People’s Money, I’m delighted to reunite with the director on another serving of American theatre, this time the UK premiere of an award-winning new play, Carey Crim’s Never Not Once.

A poignant new drama about the families we choose and the secrets that can pull them apart.

In Never Not Once, all-American college student Eleanor wants to know who her father is. Her two mums can’t agree. But everything changes when Eleanor’s boyfriend Rob hires a private investigator to find her biological father. The family are forced to confront an unexpected and explosive answer to the question: “Where do I come from?”

Written by young American playwright Carey CrimNever Not Once won the 2017 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the 2018 Eugene O’Neill Award. Crim’s other plays include Conviction, Paint Night, Growing Pretty, Wake and Some Couples May. Her work has been produced and workshopped at theatres across the United States.

“With a multi-racial cast of well-defined characters, complex development, and a nuanced lens on sexuality, non-traditional family and taking responsibility, this play is theatrically satisfying and socially urgent” – Jane Chambers Award committee

The UK premiere production of Never Not Once is directed by Katharine Farmer and presented by Blue Touch Paper Productions in association with Park Theatre. Casting and further creatives is still to be announced.

After the 7.45pm performance of Never Not Once on Wednesday 8 April 2020, I’ll be joined by director Katharine Farmer and the members of the company. Any questions? Join us!

Jun
30
Tue
2020
JM BARRIE’s CLASSIC REIMAGINED Peter Pan: Lazarus Theatre post-show panel debate
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Lazarus Theatre's production of Peter Pan runs at London's Greenwich Theatre 17 June-4 July 2020

Lazarus Theatre’s production of Peter Pan runs at London’s Greenwich Theatre 24 June-11 July 2020

After 2019 season productions of The Tempest, Lord of the Flies and Salome, I’m delighted to reunite with Lazarus Theatre to chair a series of post-show debates with the company for their 2020 residency at Greenwich Theatre: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.

“Second to the right and straight on ’til morning.”

One ordinary evening turns into one extraordinary adventure… Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, flies into Greenwich Theatre in this all-new ensemble version of JM Barrie’s much-loved classic, adapted and directed by Ricky Dukes.

Join the Darling children as they travel on an awfully big adventure to the Never Land, featuring puppetry, movement and song.

Suitable for all brave adventurers aged six and upwards, this promises to be an extraordinary theatrical event. Peter Pan is the third production in Lazarus Theatre’s third year-long residency at Greenwich Theatre.

Peter Pan is produced in association with The Greenwich Theatre and is part of our Greenwich Made / Greenwich Played residency. Presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and Samuel French Limited a Concord Theatricals Company.

For the Q&A after the 7.30pm performance of Peter Pan on Tuesday 30 June 2019, I’ll be joined by artistic director Ricky Dukes, the company and guests. Any questions? Join us!