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Saturday, February 15, 2020

‘This is a winner’: CRONGTON KNIGHTS – Belgrade Theatre & touring ★★★★ by Guest Bloggers

Crongton Knights is a winner... up there with the best, for the range and breadth, depth and richness of drama.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

‘What sets this show apart is that it’s a beatbox musical’: CRONGTON KNIGHTS – Belgrade Theatre & tour by Guest Bloggers

Alex Wheatle’s popular YA novel Crongton Knights is brought to vibrant life in this irresistible adaptation by Emteaz Hussain. An uplifting, impressive show that delivers its social commen…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

‘Tea & manners link throughout’: THE GIFT – Belgrade Theatre & touring ★★★★ by Guest Bloggers

This complex play covers a vast but nourishing soup of issues that impact relationships between cultures, races and people in the modern world.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

‘Never underestimate the power of representation’: Tom Mack on the need for more gay stories like Everybody’s Talking About Jamie by Guest Bloggers

Tom Mack, currently studying for an MA in Creative Producing at Mountview, shared this piece with the Mates on why, as a young gay man, it’s so gratifying to see out-and-proud stories …

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Why Is the Sky Blue? Abbey Wright on discussing kids & pornography through theatre by Guest Bloggers

Tackroom Theatre, with the help of Barnardo's, interviewed 10,000 6- to 22-year-olds on what they think love is and the effect of online pornography on their lives. Why is the Sky Blue? (or …

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A history of significance & inspiration: How the annual Significant Other festival has evolved by Guest Bloggers

Fringe innovators The Pensive Federation return to The Vaults with their annual new writing event, The Significant Other Festival, running from 17 to 21 April 2018. Ten new 10-minute plays w…

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Head-to-head interview: The Lady with a Dog’s leading lady & her new leading man by Guest Bloggers

After a successful run at the White Bear Theatre, Mark Giesser’s 1920s-set, Anglicised adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s 1899 short story The Lady with a Dog transfers across town …

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Are women funny? Why are we still being asked this question?! by Guest Bloggers

ShyGirl, a 30-something delving into the uncharted world of vlogging for the first time (and a.k.a. writer and performer Siobhan McMillan), brings her new show MIRRORS to London’s Lei…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

#Bunny’s @_CatherineLamb: ‘Making theatre for young people is a financial disaster’ > @FabricateTheatr @TristanBates + watch the new trailer! by Guest Bloggers

"I am on a mission to get a younger audience to the theatre. In January 2017, I founded Fabricate Theatre, a company dedicated to producing theatre which is relevant to a younger audience."

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

‘I used to think the arts were welcoming’: How to get ahead w/o connections? by Guest Bloggers

The Crystal Egg Live director Elif Knight looks back on how a lack of 'connections' has impacted her career to date - and makes a strong case for all of us to put a stronger focus on diversi…

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Philip Correia: The search for comfort, security, home & Hyem by Guest Bloggers

Philip Correia explains how his debut play HYEM is inspired by society's craving for comfort and belonging in a time of anger, inequality and growing uncertainty.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Around the world in SE1: 80 days director recalls her multi-cultural influences growing up by Guest Bloggers

New Vic artistic director Theresa Heskins has attracted critical acclaim for the globe-trotting zeal of her hit production of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, currently at London's…

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Hannah Boland Moore: Mining the melancholy in Restoration comedy by Guest Bloggers

Director Hannah Boland Moore explains why she chose to revive The Provoked Wife - and how she's adapted it for a young cast of eight and set it at a modern music festival.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Bringing Barnum-style spectacle to #EdFringe via China Goes Pop! by Guest Bloggers

As the first major London revival of Barnum is announced today, American director and choreographer Shanda Sawyer talks about her own experience helming numerous circus productions for Ringl…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

King Cowboy Rufus: Can you decipher the full meaning of the show? Doubt it. by Guest Bloggers

American theatremaker Richard Foreman's King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe, in which a ruddy-faced Trump-like figure takes the title role, is currently receiving its UK premiere at the Lon…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Brian Cooke: Horne A’Plenty is my tribute to radio & TV great Kenneth Horne by Guest Bloggers

Radio classic Round the Horne returns to the London stage with a brand-new show Horne A'Plenty have a limited try-out season at the White Bear Theatre this month. Writer Brian Cooke explains…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Serafina Salvador: ‘While we are busy blaming, who’s really winning?’ by Guest Bloggers

After success at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, 'poetic economist' Serafina Salvador's Don’t Blame the Bankers…$toopid is now running for six performances only at London's Camden Fringe. …

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

More than a Spoonful: How well do you know The Sherman Brothers? by Guest Bloggers

A Spoonful of Sherman celebrates a century of Sherman family music, including the childhood hits of Disney favourites The Sherman Brothers. Robert J Sherman, the son of 'brother' Robert B Sh…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Boom: ‘Theatre & biology is a nice yin & yang of interests’ by Guest Bloggers

San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s hit Off-Broadway black comedy BOOM, the most produced play in the US in 2009 and 2010, receives its UK premiere at London’s…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Skin Deep: David Hare might hate our ‘infection’ of theatremakers by Guest Bloggers

Attila Theatre's devised piece SKIN DEEP comes to Camden Fringe next week. Christopher Montague, co-artistic director of Attila and co-director of the production, flies the flag for collabor…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Paper Creatures: What we’ve learnt (so far) about creating a theatre company by Guest Bloggers

What have two twenty-something actors learned from starting their own theatre company? What advice would they give to others considering it

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Opera in the City Festival: ‘Opera doesn’t have to be elitist’ by Guest Bloggers

The inaugural Opera in the City Festival runs from 1 to 12 August 2017 at the Bridewell Theatre. Artistic director Pamela Schermann talks about the aims behind London’s new summer oper…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Quentin Dentin Show: Taking producing risks in full view of the paying public by Guest Bloggers

Eschewing the path of development workshops and showcases, producer Hannah Elsy has built her original rock musical The Quentin Dentin Show into an ever-expanding, cult phenomenon in full vi…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Michael Yale on Late Company: What a 23-year-old playwright taught me about parenting by Guest Bloggers

The European premiere of Late Company, running at London's Finborough Theatre until this Saturday 20 May 2017, has attracted a lot of Mates' attention. Here, director Michael Yale explains w…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Still I See My Baby: The future of genetics & decline of morality by Guest Bloggers

Directing a world, a future dystopian world, was one of the major challenges and highlights about directing Still I See My Baby. I’ve never done anything like it before, especially in such…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Pulverised: What happened to our lost childhoods? by Guest Bloggers

The Pulverised is a deep-dive into a comfortingly familiar world - our jobs and our working lives, but suddenly rendered strange, frightening and comical. As a story it was inspired by a now…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Quarter Life Crisis: What’s it like being 25 in 21st-century London? by Guest Bloggers

Quarter Life Crisis presents an upbeat take on the millennial phenomenon of big dreams, no cash, going viral, YouTube tutorials, having numerous zero-hour contracts, and surrendering the 16-…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Glitter Punch: How to debate two sides of a dilemma at once? by Guest Bloggers

Peter Taylor directs Lucy Burke's new two-hander Glitter Punch, which is now premiering at the King's Head Theatre after first being performed as a scratch night in October. He explains the …

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Monday, February 13, 2017

John Cleese on Bang Bang: ‘I have always been drawn to farce’ by Guest Bloggers

Monty Python comedy legend John Cleese has adapted George Feydeau’s 1892 French farce BANG BANG for a brand-new staging which opens this month at Mercury Theatre Colchester… Tell…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

3000 possibilities: Staging La Ronde for the 21st century by Guest Bloggers

"Over three months, I trawled through London interviewing everyone from sex workers, adulterers, fetishists, lovers to the desperately bored and married, asking them about their sex lives."

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Once more unto the breach: What’s new about Henry V? by Guest Bloggers

After an acclaimed tour in 2016, Antic Disposition’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry V returns in February to embark on a tour of eight of the UK’s most historic and beautiful cathed…

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