Mar
6
Wed
2019
PREMIERE ECO-DRAMA Do You Really Love This Planet?: Post-show Q&A with writer Alexander Matthews & cast @ Tristan Bates Theatre
Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Do You Love This Planet? runs 27 February-23 March 2019 at London's Tristan Bates Theatre

Do You Love This Planet? runs 27 February-23 March 2019 at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre

Do you really love this planet? Enough to be a whistleblower? 

Rachel’s life is torn apart when she demands an answer to these questions. But how far is she prepared to push her family in her quest to do ‘what is right’?

Do You Love This Planet?, written by Alexander Matthews, examines the importance of human responsibility on a declining planet, inviting audiences to question their own moral and social responsibility in an age of climate change and global warming.

The premiere production of this urgent new play is directed by Anthony Law and stars Lucy Lowe, Christian James and Chris Porter.

For the post-show Q&A after the 7.30pm performance on Wednesday 6 March 2019, I’ll be joined by playwright Anthony Law and the Do You Love This Planet? company. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

Mar
20
Wed
2019
POST-CHEMSEX LOVE STORY Undetectable: Post-show Q&A @ King's Head Theatre
Mar 20 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Undetectable runs 13 March-6 April 2019 at London's King's Head Theatre

Undetectable runs 13 March-6 April 2019 at London’s King’s Head Theatre

I had a blast quizzing Tom Wright and Rikki Beadle-Blair about their first collaboration, Tom’s debut play My Dad’s Gap Year, now enjoying a sell-out run until 23 February at the Park Theatre. So I’m thrilled to be following up with them both so soon on the world premiere of Tom’s latest play…

Undetectable is a tender, funny and uplifting love story for the post-chemsex generation.  Hunky dream boy Lex and bright spark Bradley are falling for each other. After three months, Lex has decided that tonight’s the night… but Bradley’s not so sure he wants to go all the way. With wisdom, wit and honesty, Tom Wright’s bold new play explores the intricate emotions, moral dilemmas and personal demons we all take to bed with us.

Director Rikki Beadle-Blair said: 

“Tom’s writing is such a joy to direct; not only is it startlingly insightful and gloriously entertaining, but it speaks to this very moment in time. I cannot wait to share his wonderful play with audiences at the King’s Head Theatre.”

Tom Wright added:

“In these rollercoaster times, with so much happening and changing right before our eyes, the King’s Head Theatre has been a leading force in putting LGBTQI+ conversations on stage. We hope Undetectable builds upon that legacy by asking what’s next with a story of recovery, acceptance and hope.”

In Rikki Beadle-Blair‘s world premiere production of Undetectable, Lewis Brown stars as Bradley and Freddie Hogan as Lex.

For the post-show Q&A after the performance of Undetectable on 20 March 2019, I’ll be joined by the writer, director and stars. 

Apr
9
Tue
2019
TIMELY POLITICAL REVIVAL Tony’s Last Tape based on Tony Benn’s diaries: Post-show Q&A with author, director and star @ Omnibus Theatre
Apr 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Philip Bretherton stars as Tony Benn in Tony's Last Tape at London's Omnibus Theatre 2-20 April 2019. © Robert Day

Philip Bretherton stars as Tony Benn in Tony’s Last Tape at London’s Omnibus Theatre 2-20 April 2019. © Robert Day

It’s fair to say that seeing Tony’s Last Tape in 2015 ignited my own political activism, as well as sparking a bit of an obsession with all things Tony Benn. I can’t wait to talk to the team behind it for this incredibly timely London return season.

“There is no final victory, there is no final defeat.
Just the same battles which have to be fought over and over and over again.”

An old man sits in a room faced with a collection of recording devices that he has collected over his long and eventful life. He opens a drawer, takes out a pipe, unscrews his flask and pours himself the first cup of tea of the day. For more than fifty years, he has been recording everything that has happened to and around him, but today he has decided to make his last tape.

Award-winning playwright Andy Barrett and director Giles Croft revive this timely one-man play based on the diaries of one of Britain’s most respected, divisive and celebrated politicians, former Labour Party Cabinet minister and president of the Stop the War Coalition Tony Benn (1925-2014).

After a sold-out run at Nottingham Playhouse, Philip Bretherton reprises his much-celebrated role as Tony Benn, revealing the struggle of a man who – having found himself no longer ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’ but something of a national treasure – realises that it is time to gracefully withdraw from the fight. If only it was that easy.

Author Andy Barrett said:

“The timing feels right to bring Tony Benn’s story back to life. With a national debate about the kind of society that might be shaped, ready to be unleashed once the Brexit dust settles, and the Labour party using the word socialism with increasing confidence, it’s clear that Benn’s time as a political thinker has come again. He’s as relevant now as he’s ever been.”

The run at Omnibus will also be accompanied by an exhibition, Power: Missiles, Miners & Monarchy, unique voice portraits (Sonograms) of Tony Benn by socio-political artist and activist Tracey Moberly.

For the post-show Q&A after the 7.30pm performance of Tony’s Last Tape on Tuesday 9 April 2019, I’ll be joined by author Andy Barrett, director Giles Croft and actor Philip Bretherton. Tickets priced £16 (concessions £13). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Apr
30
Tue
2019
COMING-OF-AGE DAVID BOWIE TALE Heroes: Post-show Q&A with the writers & cast @ Drayton Arms Theatre
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Henry George Lewis in Heroes. © Gregory Birks

Henry George Lewis in Heroes. © Gregory Birks

Calling all David Bowie fans! Come join me for this acclaimed new play and help me mark my Drayton Arms Theatre post-show Q&A debut at the same time.

Heroes_posterHEROES is a coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1972 to the soundtrack of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The humdrum lives of Joe and Billie are changed forever after witnessing David Bowie performing Starman for the first time on Top of the Pops.

Determined to attend Bowie’s upcoming London gig, the friends leave home on what becomes a rollercoaster ride of self-discovery where the lines between hero worship and friendship become blurred.

HEROES is co-written by Bebe and Tony Barry and directed by Ben Woodhall. It’s presented by Exploding Whale, hot off the heels of their Offie-nominated production of Much Ado About Nothing, which was directed by Ellie Morris (of the Oliver Award-winning Mischief Theatre) and had sell-out runs at Katzpace, Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe, Bridge House Theatre, and Sydenham Arts Festival.

HEROES stars Henry George Lewis and Bebe Barry as Joe and Billie. They’re joined in the cast by Gregory Birks, Julian Bailey Jones, Mica Williams, Lily Smith and Dan Ciotkowski.

Following the 7.30pm performance on Tuesday 30 April 2019, I’ll chair a post-show Q&A with the HEROES writers and company. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!