• Jennifer Lim & Elizabeth Chan at Into the Numbers post-show Q&A. © Peter Jones
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    Q&A video and podcast: Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Nanking massacre at Into the Numbers

Q&A video and podcast: Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Nanking massacre at Into the Numbers

What an incredibly brave, brilliant and inspiring woman Iris Chang was. What an unimaginably horrific atrocity the Nanking Massacre was. How ashamed I am to have known next to nothing about either before INTO THE NUMBERS.

Last night – thanks to a mesmerising performance followed by a thought-provoking post-show discussion with director Georgie Staight and […]

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    Q&A video and photos: Talking faith vs family with The Busy World is Hushed cast

Q&A video and photos: Talking faith vs family with The Busy World is Hushed cast

Can we love someone whose belief system we fundamentally disagree with? If we love someone, can we denounce what we believe just to please them? Family and faith compete in thoughtful three-hander The Busy World Is Hushed, showing both sides of a tormented mother-son relationship.

At a seminary in New York, Hannah (Kazia Pelka), a widowed Episcopalian minister […]

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    Q&A podcast and photos: Confronting bullies with the Late Company cast

Q&A podcast and photos: Confronting bullies with the Late Company cast

Having heard so many of My Theatre Mates raving about Late Company following its European premiere earlier this year at the Finborough, I was really looking forward to seeing it at Trafalgar Studios. And yet, I still came under-prepared: I didn’t bring enough tissues. It’s not giving away too many spoilers to say that, if […]

Andy Capp rediscovered: Ought he to be ashamed of himself?

I had an image in my mind of Andy Capp – the flatcap pulled low, fag and beer in hand cartoon image, that is – but didn’t know too much about him. Though I was always aware of the existence of Reg Smythe’s internationally famous comic strip, now celebrating its 60th year, I don’t […]

  • Lauren Ward mothers Rob Compton in Bat Boy at Southwark Playhouse, London, January 2015
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    My theatre diary: Musicals Women on the Verge, Bat Boy and Grand Tour

My theatre diary: Musicals Women on the Verge, Bat Boy and Grand Tour

I caught you up on my new year playgoing earlier this week, now let me turn to some tuners on offer. Though vastly different in scale and subject matter, these three musicals do have two key things in common: they are all Broadway-born and must-sees for musical buffs.

As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing/booking […]