There is plenty to celebrate as countries across the world recognise same sex relationships. At the same time there is still much further to go before equality is achieved. In the UK while gay marriage has been legalised in England, Scotland and Wales, it has been repeatedly blocked in Northern Ireland.
Legal aid lawyers were never fat cats (despite what you may have heard), but we could turn just enough of a profit on work that was funded by legal aid to take a chance on cases like Lawrence, to see where they led.
The original production - an unqualified failure at the Edinburgh Fringe - had Halliwell in the title role, was directed by a 22-year-old Mike Leigh, and lasted nearly six hours (down from more than twice that in written material).
It really pains me to say that, despite the best efforts of the magnificent Rory Kinnear, The Trial at the Young Vic is not one to remember.
When William M. Hoffman's play 'As Is' was first performed in New York 30 years ago, it was hailed by critics as being the most powerful play of the year, and the first of it's kind.
Hats off to the The Motherf**ker with the Hat, a motherfu**king powerful play that's well worth catching during its London premiere run this month and next at the National Theatre.
Tonic Theatre was created in 2011 with an aim to support theatre in achieving greater gender equality in its workforces and repertoires and now they have created Platform, a new initiative that seeks to tackle the same issue from the grassroots level of youth drama.
Ashleigh Gray, a graduate fresh out of drama school, once sat wide eyed in the audience of Wicked, then turned to her friend and said "I have to play that role." Of course she meant Elphaba. A dream that many budding young starlets undoubtedly share. But for Ashleigh, this dream really did come true.
Its premise is simple but layered with complexity. Jackie (Ricardo Chavira) is out on parole and back in the arms of the woman he's loved since he was a teenager, Veronica (Flor De Liz Perez). And this time he's going to make a go of it. He's given up the drug dealing for a job as a security guard and he's got a sponsor to help with his addictions. This time he's going to get it right.
The government are not going to suddenly fund drama training for people on low incomes. Despite the proven value an excellent drama training has in equipping people for so many roles in life, as well as in the arts, it's probably a low priority with graduates from low income families in medicine, law, and so many other areas also fighting for support
Written by Hannah Khalil and directed by Audrey Sheffield, The Scar Test is set within Yarl's Wood and based on verbatim interviews of its former and present detainees. According to the interviews upon which the play is based, much of what goes on at Yarl's Wood is appalling...
Whether we're into Funny Ha-Ha or Funny Peculiar, there's an almost tangible resistance with Shakespeare's jesting, perhaps that has been genetically handed down from school, bad memories of bad jokes, badly told.
The play sees Merrick undergo deceit, trickery, mockery, cruelty, humiliation, adoration, rejection, and love, all the while suffering as the victim. However, outside of Merrick, the play in general does not have much to offer.
Directed by Matthew Dunster and given a stunning panoramic setting by Jon Bausor which added a filmic vastness to many key scenes, Betts' audacious version is by turns harrowing and hilarious, eliciting screams of joy from a good-humoured audience who were clearly grateful that the only rain they saw was on the stage.
As great enthusiast for London's theatreland, West End Live is a treasure trove filled to the brim with amazing performances, exclusive theatre experiences and all-round good fun. I go every year to see the shows I love, shows I need tickets for and maybe find out a few I don't.
The thing about art is that it asks of us everything. An artist brings to the moment of making - as painter, as actor, as welder, as dancer, as poet, as playwright, as draftsman, as precision tool engineer - every memory, every fine-tuned muscle, every last drop of knowledge and experience and focusses them all in the act of creation.