I’m delighted to return to the Barn Theatre for my third, successive post-show Q&A after the success of this brand-new destination venue’s first two, acclaimed productions, family musical The Secret Garden and Simon Stephens’ drama One Minute.
“Enchanting, uplifting, emotional and truthful… a comedic tragedy about finding your voice in a noisy world.”
Written by English dramatist Jim Cartwright in 1992, Olivier Award-winning Best Comedy The Rise and Fall of Little Voice tells the heartwarming story of a reclusive Northern girl-next-door whose remarkable ability to impersonate the great singers of old – including Cilla Black, Edif Piaf, Marilyn Monroe and many others – brings her into the spotlight.
Pushed by her foul-mouthed, hard-drinking mother Mari and Mari’s equally unappealing talent agent boyfriend RaySay, timid ‘Little Voice’ will need to conquer more than just stage-fright if she is to find her own voice in the world.
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice has been named as one of the top 50 plays of all time and hailed as “a Northern showbiz fairytale, a backstreet Cinderella story, with a built-in kick” by The Guardian.
This major new production is directed by Michael Strassen and features a cast including newcomer discovery Sarah Louise Hughes, just out of Italia Conti drama school, as the title star LV, the role originated onstage and screen by Jane Horrocks, and Gillian McCafferty as mother Mari.
Note: Mature language, smoking and adult themes are used throughout the show.
For the post-show Q&A after the 7.30pm performance on Friday 28 July 2018, I’ll be joined by director Michael Strassen and the The Rise and Fall of Little Voice company.
Multi award-winning company Dry Write return to Soho Theatre this summer with a new production of co-founder Vicky Jones‘ Verity Bargate-winning 2013 debut play The One.
Harry and Jo are up all night drawing the battle lines of their relationship with sex, violence and Wotsits. A viciously funny and daring play, The One invites you into the world of a couple trapped in a destructive and violent cycle of love and lust.
“Savage, uncomfortably funny” – Independent
“The dialogue fizzes, sparky & unsettling” – Evening Standard
“Thrillingly written & brilliantly staged” – The Stage
Jones’ “astounding and astonishing” (Telegraph) debut won the Verity Bargate Award in 2013 and had its premiere at Soho Theatre in 2014, helmed by artistic director Steve Marmion with a cast including DryWrite co-founder Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
The One returns to Soho Theatre this summer for a limited run. Tuppence Middleton (War and Peace and Netflix’s Sense8) now stars alongside John Hopkins and Julia Sandiford, once again directed by Steve Marmion and designed by Anthony Lamble.
Now an Associate Company at Soho, DryWrite, founded and run by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones, started its relationship with Soho by producing, in the Upstairs space, Jack Thorne’s Mydidae and Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, now a six-part television sitcom. Last summer, DryWrite premiered Jones’ latest play, Touch, to huge critical acclaim. Fleabag continues to tour nationally and internationally.
THE ONE runs for 75 minutes. For the post-show Q&A after the 3pm matinee on Saturday 28 July 2018, I’ll be joined by members of the creative team and cast to discuss the play’s inspiration and development.
I heard fantastic things about Silk Road (How to buy drugs online) at Vault Festival and I’m delighted to return to Trafalgar Studios 2 (one of my favourite venues for post-show talks) and to reunite with director Dominic Shaw, who I had such fun with at The Secret Garden event in Cirencester earlier this year.
Meet Bruce Blakemore, a struggling young Geordie tech-head and the unlikeliest international criminal mastermind you can imagine. From his base in Whitley Bay, Bruce and his Nan will find themselves sucked into an Underworld Wide Web of new-age pirates, local gangsters and tea-cosies.
Join a host of unforgettable characters in this -star ‘rollercoaster of emotion’ (Broadway World) pitch-black comedy for the Bitcoin generation which ‘captures the sinister beauty of the anarchic dark web’ (West End Wilma).
Inspired by interviews with real online drug vendors, Alex Oates (BBC3, Eastenders E20, Old Vic New Voices) has written an urgent new piece about the freedoms and dangers of an unrestricted ‘Dark-Web’.
Following critically acclaimed performances at the Vaults and making history in 2014 as the first show ever funded by the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, Shrapnel Theatre’s acclaimed production of Silk Road stars Josh Barrow and is directed by Dominic Shaw.
For the Silk Road post-show Q&A on Monday 13 August 2018, I’ll be joined by author Alex Oates, director Dominic Shaw and star Josh Barrows.
After fantastic post-show discussions for new plays The Soul of Wittgenstein and The Yellow Wallpaper, I’m delighted to return to Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre for a new modern take on Lorca classic Blood Wedding.
Celebrated Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca’s 1932 folk tragedy is deftly pulled into sharp focus in this dark and seductive re-imagining.
Think it’ll get better? You know it’s a lie.
We’re burning up inside and it’s destroying us both.
What happens when it’s too late to escape – then you open the door and run?
Will fate cut you down? Will you ever breathe easily again?
Lorca’s classic tragedy is relocated to modern-day London. This contemporary adaptation of passion and vendetta explosively blends grit, fate and claustrophobia, with a streak of dark humour. A play for our fractured times, it also explores cultural divisions and the power of community.
Truth and oil always come to the surface…
This new version of Blood Wedding, adapted and directed by George Richmond Scott, is told in a bold physical style with original live music by Camilla Mathias and movement by Patricia Suarez.
For the Blood Wedding Q&A on Wednesday 12 September 2018, I’ll be joined by George Richmond Scott and other members of the company.