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Q&A podcast and photos: Lessons in kindness and comedy on Fried Meat Ridge Rd.

10 May 2017|

I had a hunch that this would be an especially amusing post-show Q&A and the company and audience of American hillbilly comedy Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Rd., now transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios 2 for a limited season, did not disappoint.

Q&A photos and podcast: Swinging Sixties-style with new musical Pete ‘n’ Keely

7 May 2017|

A string of hits, a cast of two, ‘Forever Plaid’ meets ‘I Do, I Do’. James Hindman's 2000 Off-Broadway musical two-hander Pete ‘n’ Keely gets its European premiere at Tristan Bates Theatre. The production, directed by Matthew Gould, stars David Bardsley and Katie Kerr as the titular stars in a primetime TV bust-up.

Q&A photos and podcast: Why has James Shirley’s The Cardinal been overlooked since the 17th century?

3 May 2017|

James Shirley's 1641 tragic masterpiece The Cardinal, one of the last plays staged in England before Oliver Cromwell's ban on theatre, this month receives its first major production since the 17th century.

Photos, video & podcast: Creating a musical out of wartime prejudice in Miss Nightingale

14 April 2017|

What a great way to get the Bank Holiday weekend off with a swing. Last night, I hosted a post-show Q&A at Miss Nightingale. This original British musical is now in its sixth iteration - musicals, as Sondheim says, aren't written but re-written - since starting life as a short piece in Ipswich and at the King's Head Theatre in 2011.

Q&A photos and podcast: A return to Brechtian politics via The Caucasian Chalk Circle

31 March 2017|

What would Bertolt Brecht have made of Donald Trump? Brecht's "epic theatre" was sparked by the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany. Many pundits have likened the political period we've now entered with that dark decade of the twentieth century.

Lizzie Q&A podcast and photos: Why axe murderer Lizzie Borden is a feminist icon

24 February 2017|

The American gothic rock musical Lizzie, which is now receiving its UK premiere in a limited season at London's Greenwich Theatre, opens and closes with a nursery rhyme I memorised in my own American youth about the real-life 19th-century crime.

Photos and podcast: Nearly 300 years on, why does The Beggar’s Opera still resonate?

16 November 2016|

There's something in the water with The Beggar's Opera at the moment. Lazarus Theatre's new, modern-dress, 80-minute version at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre is the third major London presentation of the story of womanising highwayman Macheath this year.

Photos and podcast: Sharing joy with debut playwright Theresa Ikoko and her Girls

23 October 2016|

What an astonishing way to make your playwriting debut. Theresa Ikoko's first full-length play Girls was a Verity Bargate finalist and winner of both the Alfred Fagon Award and the George Devine Award.

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