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Sinatra: Raw post-show video and photos: What makes Frank Sinatra such an enduring icon?

By |2020-01-25T15:13:13+00:0023 October 2019|

Despite singing the songs of Sinatra since he was a teenager, Richard Shelton was turned down multiple times for a part in concert show The Rat Pack. When he was invited to audition for Rat Pack Confidential, he went in angry and impatient... and finally got his man. 

Ages of the Moon post-show video and photos: Remembering Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard

By |2020-01-25T15:18:30+00:0020 October 2019|

I'm a huge fan of the late, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Sam Shepard. How wonderful to be able to discuss one of his late plays, Ages of the Moon, which now receives its UK premiere two years after Shepard passed away.

Groan Ups post-show video and photos: With the original Mischief Theatre company and co-writers

By |2020-01-25T15:24:21+00:0018 October 2019|

As part of an ongoing series, I've chaired post-show talks with various Mischief Theatre casts this year, all of whom waxed lyrical about the brilliance of the company founders. At Groan Ups, I had a chance to pose questions to those original mischief-makers themselves.

The Girl Who Fell post-show video and photos: How is social media affecting our mental health?

By |2020-01-25T15:30:08+00:0017 October 2019|

I feel like I've known writer Sarah Rutherford for years... that's one of the positives of social media. The irony is it's her new play, The Girl Who Fell, about some of the negatives of social media that finally precipitated my meeting her in person.

Post-show video and photos: Wrestling with absurdism, anthropomorphism & coercive control in Mites

By |2020-01-25T15:35:27+00:0016 October 2019|

A philosophising cat, a famished dog and a family of mites all make appearances - and strong impressions - in Mites, a new play by young British playwright James Mannion, written in the best traditions of the Theatre of the Absurd.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Q&A video and photos: What did the late Peter Nichols think of this historic West End casting?

By |2020-01-25T15:43:35+00:008 October 2019|

I was back at Trafalgar Studios last night for this much-anticipated revival of Peter Nichols' 1967 masterpiece A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. And there was so much to discuss with this production, making history for a number of reasons.

The Permanent Way Q&A video and photos: Why is a play about railway privatisation more relevant than ever?

By |2020-01-25T15:49:52+00:0025 September 2019|

I was lucky enough to see the original Out of Joint production of The Permanent Way at the National Theatre in 2003. I remember being horrified by David Hare's verbatim play about railway privatisation, based on first-hand accounts.

Danelaw Q&A video and photos: How do you find sympathy for white supremacists?

By |2020-01-25T15:56:37+00:0022 September 2019|

Can you be a racist if you don't think you are? Is there a difference between racism and 'racist attitudes'? How do you find sympathy for white supremacists? By finding sympathy are we making excuses?

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Q&A video and photos: From UK-wide tour to the West End with a new cast

By |2020-01-25T16:02:01+00:0020 September 2019|

What fun to return to the Criterion Theatre to see a brand-new cast put their stamp on Mischief Theatre's The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, as the first in a series of monthly post-show Q&As with the comic geniuses.
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