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Escape From Planet Trash post-show video and photos: Sink the Pink continues its queer trilogy in outer space

By |2020-01-08T10:19:54+00:004 December 2019|

A year on, during which they've released a single with Melanie C, Sink the Pink are back at the Pleasance Theatre with the second in their queer trilogy of alternative Christmas shows. Ginger Johnson and co are on top form.

The Good Scout post-show video and photos: How worried should we be about parallels between the 1930s and today?

By |2020-01-25T15:07:42+00:0030 October 2019|

While MPs were voting for an election that is likely to accelerate the UK's lurch to the right, I was back at Above The Stag Theatre last night talking about the increasingly worrying parallels - and historic dominoes - between the 1930s and today. Is it any wonder that The Good Scout left me in tears, even on second viewing?

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.

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.

At Last Q&A video and photos: How worried are you about the direction the UK is heading?

By |2020-01-25T16:17:32+00:0013 September 2019|

Are you worried about the state of politics and society in the UK today? That's the question I asked at the start of last night's post-show Q&A at London's Lion & Unicorn Theatre. The hands of all my panellists and nearly everyone sitting across from them in the audience shot up.

The Crown Dual Q&A video and photos: How to condense two Netflix seasons into 70 minutes… with more to come

By |2020-01-25T16:29:18+00:004 September 2019|

We were all madly checking our phones for news in the bars afterwards, but while much of last night's Westminster drama was going on, at Wilton's Music Hall, we were getting to glorious grip with the (affectionate) comedy potential of the monarchy with The Crown Dual.
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