Jun
22
Sat
2019
VERITY BARGATE AWARD WINNER Citysong: Post-show Q&A with Irish playwright Dylan Coburn Gray & cast @ Soho Theatre
Jun 22 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Citysong runs at London's Soho Theatre 12 June-6 July 2019

Citysong runs at London’s Soho Theatre 12 June-6 July 2019

I had a blast with the stage premiere of Chasing Bono. I’m delighted to return to Soho Theatre for another new Irish play, the 2017 Verity Bargate Award-winning Citysong.

Late-night taxis, teen discos, home nurses, Jewish launderettes, vigilantes, babies, immigrants, seagulls.

Citysong is a play, a poem and a chorus of voices showing three generations of a Dublin family on one day. It turns out one day holds the entire past.

Intimate and sweeping, joyous and ridiculous, it’s different things at different times, which makes sense seeing as it’s about change.

Winning Soho Theatre’s prestigious Verity Bargate Award in 2017, Citysong was described by the judging panel as an ‘epic’, ‘spellbinding’, ‘extraordinarily poetic’ play.

Playwright Dylan Coburn Gray is an Irish writer based in Dublin. His plays include Boys and Girls (Winner of the Fishamble Best New Writing Award). He is a collaborating writer with Malaprop Theatre, winners of the 2015 Spirit of Fringe Award for Love+.

The production, directed by Caitríona McLaughlin, has transferred to Soho Theatre direct from its premiere at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. The cast are: Daryl McCormack (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Amy Conroy, Jade Jordan, Blaithín MacGabhann, Clare McKenna and Dan Monaghan.

After the 2.30 matinee performance of Citysong on Saturday 22 June 2019, I’ll be joined by writer Dylan Coburn Gray and members of the company. Any questions? Join us!


Show trailer


Meet the team

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
23
Tue
2019
RE-IMAGINED PETER SHAFFER CLASSIC Equus: West End post-show Q&A with the cast @ Trafalgar Studios 1
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Equus runs at the West End's Trafalgar Studios 6 July-7 September 2019

Equus runs at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 6 July-7 September 2019

After Education Education Education, I’m delighted to return to Trafalgar Studios for their next main house production, English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East’s critically acclaimed West End transfer of Peter Shaffer classic Equus.

When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s actions. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s ‘mesmerising’ (Evening Standard) and transfixing psychological thriller, first staged in 1973, is re-imagined by award-winning director Ned Bennett in this ‘dazzling new revival’ (Sunday Times).

“You will not see a better production of this masterpiece” – ★★★★★ The Observer

“Still has the power to shock and provoke shivers” – ★★★★★ The Telegraph

“Mesmerising intensity & intimacy” – ★★★★★ Evening Standard

Ethan Kai and Zubin Varla reprise their performances as Alan Strang and Dr Dysart in this limited nine-week West End season. The cast also features Robert Fitch, Norah Lopez Holden, Ira Mandela Siobhan and Keith Gilmore.

After the 7.30pm performance at Trafalgar Studios 1 on Tuesday 23 July 2019, I’ll be joined by members of the Equus company. Any questions? Join us!


Jul
26
Fri
2019
IMMERSIVE PROMENADE PRODUCTION OF The Tempest: Unique post-show Q&A in Oxford @ On the streets!
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Creation's production of The Tempest runs in Oxford from 19 July to 15 August 2019

Creation’s production of The Tempest runs in Oxford from 19 July to 15 August 2019

After events in London to transfers of Creation Theatre’s Dracula at the London Library and The Pit and the Pendulum at Omnibus Theatre, these site-specific specialists are luring me to their home base of Oxford to take to the streets with Shakespeare. I can’t wait!

This summer, Creation Theatre brings back the hugely popular format of their sell-out summer 2016 and 2017 productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In small groups, the audience will convene in a secret location and discover the scenes and characters of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the last places you’d expect to find them.

Could Ariel be bobbing by on that boat? Is Prospero serving us in this coffee shop? This immersive and interactive way of storytelling brings classic texts to life in true Creation style.

The performance will be based on Osney Mead in the west of Oxford City Centre. It starts in one central location – theatregoers are emailed in advance with details – and then moves to different locations throughout. There will be approximately 2km of walking over two-and-a-half hours.

Osney Mead, Oxford

Osney Mead, Oxford

Feedback on A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

“You will be sucked in and you will enjoy yourself and you will be amazed!” – Daily Info

“Amazing! My improv muscles are flexed and cheeks hurt from laughing!!” – Audience member on Twitter

“#creationdream is awesome! A hilarious treasure-hunt with wonderfully played characters and improvised genius; absorbing and alive! Go see!” – Audience member on Twitter

“I cannot recommend this highly enough” – Audience member on Twitter

“Superb interactive Midsummer Night’s Dream round Clapham Omnibus Theatre. Brilliant fun. Sparkly knockabout. Many guffaws” – Penny Smith on Twitter

“This was the most fun I’ve had at the theatre for a long time” –LondonTheatre1

After the 7.30pm performance of The Tempest on Friday 26 July 2019, I’ll be joined by members of the Creation Theatre company. Any questions? Join us!

Aug
2
Fri
2019
POWERFUL NEW ANTI-WAR PLAY The Time Of Our Lies: Two post-show Q&As about Howard Zinn & ‘artivism’ @ Park Theatre
Aug 2 @ 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

Friday 2 August 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
3
Sat
2019
EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL The View Upstairs: Post-show Q&A with the cast @ Soho Theatre
Aug 3 @ 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
The View Upstairs runs at Soho Theatre 18 July-31 August 2019

The View Upstairs runs at Soho Theatre 18 July-31 August 2019

For my second post-matinee Q&A at Soho Theatre this summer, I’m thrilled to be able to talk to the stellar company for the European premiere of this important musical about twentieth-century LGBTQ history…

Millennial fashion designer Wes has just purchased an abandoned building, but little does he know that this forgotten gem was the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant 1970s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, starting an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration in the summertime heat with the rush of lust, sex and incense mixed in the air.

Get all social media for The View Upstairs & its cast on www.stagefaves.com

Get all social media for The View Upstairs & its cast on www.stagefaves.com

Max Vernon‘s provocative new musical The View UpStairs, a hit Off-Broadway in 2017, is inspired by the true story of the 1973 arson attack that was the largest single attack against the LGBTQ+ community until the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Florida in 2016.

Filled with a collection of beautiful love songs and power rock ballads, this is a musical about friendship, community, how far we’ve come and how far we still have yet to go. It is a story of hope, and it’s a rainbow rollercoaster you do not want to miss.

This European premiere production, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle features Evening Standard Award winner Tyrone Huntley as Wes and American stage and screen star Andy Mientus as Patrick, along with John Partridge, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Cedric Neal, Declan Bennett, Derek Hagen, Garry Lee and Joseph Prouse.

Following the 2.30pm matinee on Saturday 3 August 2019, I’ll be joined by members of The View Upstairs company. Any questions? Join us!

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

Friday 2 August 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
20
Tue
2019
AWARD-WINNING OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL Queen of the Mist: Post-show Q&A with cast and creatives @ Charing Cross Theatre
Aug 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Queen of the Mist runs at London's Charing Cross Theatre from 15 August-5 October 2019

Queen of the Mist runs at London’s Charing Cross Theatre from 15 August-5 October 2019

After Michel Legrand’s Amour, I’m back at the Charing Cross Theatre this summer for the transfer of Michael John LaChiusa’s award-winning Off-Broadway musical Queen Of The Mist in August.

Queen Of The Mist is based on the astounding and outrageous true story of Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901, on her 63rd birthday set out to be the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design.

With a soaring score that incorporates turn of the century themes with renowned composer Michael John LaChiusa‘s insightful and engaging style, this award-winning musical is the story of how one woman risked death so that she could live.

The original 2011 Off-Broadway production of Queen Of The Mist won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical.

The musical received its UK premiere care of Pint of Wine Theatre Company in an acclaimed, sell-out run this past April at west London’s Brockley Jack Studio Theatre. Dom O’Hanlon‘s production now transfers with its original cast, starring Trudi Camilleri (Ragtime, Death Takes A Holiday) as Anna Edson Taylor, along with Will Arundell, Emily Juler, Emma Ralston, Tom Blackmore, Conor McFarlane and Andrew Carter.

After the 7.30pm performance on Tuesday 20 August 2019, I’ll be joined by members of the Queen of the Mist cast and creative team. Any questions? Join us!

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!