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!

AWARD-WINNING NEW PLAY Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem: Q&A with writer and cast @ Old Red Lion Theatre
May 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem runs at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre 20 April to 25 May 2019

Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem runs at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre 20 April to 25 May 2019

After Anomaly earlier this year, I’m delighted to return to the Old Red Lion Theatre to work with another exciting up-and-coming female playwright and production company.

“I love the bones of yeh then and I love them now.”

Christmas Eve. 1948. Deep in the heart of Galway, Eamonn, the fattest baby you’ve ever seen, is found abandoned in a manger.

Seventy years later, after struggling to make amends with his estranged daughter Sarah and grandson Ben, one final and fateful action leaves the next two generations of his family reeling.

Winner of the Methuen Drama and Marlowe Society Other Prize 2017, Rachel Tookey‘s Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem is a visceral and candid new play about the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

The cast are Daragh O’Malley (star of the long-running hit show Sharpe alongside Sean Bean), Madeleine Bowyer (Black Mirror, Emmerdale, Holby City) and Daniel Rainford, directed by Thomas Martin with music by multi-award-winning composer Hollie Buhagiar. MGCFutures-supported company Voxie Productions presents.

At the 7.30pm, 90-minute performance of Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem at the Old Red Lion Theatre on Tuesday 7 May 2019, I’ll be joined by writer Rachel Tookey and the company. Any questions? Join us!

WORLD PREMIERE at the Coronet The Glass Piano with music by Prokofiev: Post-show Q&A with the company @ Print Room at the Coronet
May 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
The Glass Piano runs at the Print Room at the Coronet from 26 April to 25 May 2019

The Glass Piano runs at the Print Room at the Coronet from 26 April to 25 May 2019

This sounds like such a fascinating piece – and I’m looking forward to making my Q&A debut at the Coronet. Now a beautiful theatre, I also have such fond memories of seeing films at this renowned address when I used to live in west London and it was my local cinema.

In The Glass Piano, receiving its world premiere at the Print Room at the Coronet, Princess Alexandra thought her life would never change, living in the palace with her father, the hopeless poet King Ludwig, her maid Galstina, and glimpses of her mother as she runs across the lawn.

And of course, there’s the matter of the grand piano made of glass that she swallowed as a child, sitting inside her at all times. But when Lucien Bonaparte arrives, suddenly anything seems possible…

Laced with dry humour, Alix Sobler’s accomplished play transports you to a 19th-century Bavarian palace to find four characters trapped by their situations, and prevented from fulfilling their dreams of love.

The Glass Piano is directed by Max Key, who was Olivier nominated for It Is Easy To Be Dead at Trafalgar Studios, described by Michael Billington as “a beautifully orchestrated production” in a five-star Guardian review.

Princess Alexandra is played by Grace Molony (Best Actress at The Stage Debut Awards in 2017) alongside Timothy Walker, Laurence Ubong Williams and Olivier Award winner Suzan Sylvester. A new lyrical score, composed by Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of Sergei Prokofiev), is played live on stage by prize-winning concert pianist Elizabeth Rossiter.

After the 7.30pm performance on Wednesday 8 May 2019, I’ll talk to The Glass Piano company and also look ahead at future plans for the theatre.