The Royale is a very muscular, frenetic play that kicks off with Jay fighting a bout with a newcomer, played by an engaging Martins Imhangbe. Brilliantly staged, the entire drama is set in a boxing ring, just a wooden-slated floor that becomes the whole world.
There's spectacle in every modern crisis. Take refugees: we watch, engulfed in the torrent of media, agog; we see crisis news spread through our soc...
As the lights dim in the Finborough Theatre, a faint commotion can be heard coming from the ...
People were being given a chance to make Shakespeare their own, and in the magnificent Globe theatre no less, who were not usually given this chance. And they were being given the chance to do so on their own terms, in ways that resonated with them
The news this week that Emma Rice will be stepping down as artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in 2018, less than a year after she first took up the position, demonstrates the theatre to be anything but progressive in its creative vision, as its board decided that she was not 'authentic' enough to continue.
I thank him and he tells me that it was a pleasure. A final note which is pretty emblematic of our conversation and of the way he is to the world. Honest, attentive and understanding of human emotions. The pleasure was all mine, David.
I am an actress and the truest things I know are a stage, faux fur, black literature and cotton knickers. It really isn't a lie when I say I wasn't trying to be an author. It happened by the virtue of a forgetful mind ,a spilt cup of tea, some magic and five pieces of paper. With this haphazard spell, I broke the internet on a Wednesday afternoon. Literally.
Conflict and displacement also carry with them the less visible scars of grief and trauma - feelings difficult to manage in adults, and even harder to manage in children. While it's unimaginable to ignore the effects of the war, can there really be reasons for optimism and hope? A group of Syrian artists believe so.
In our Conservative led, austerity Britain, young people's social needs simply aren't recognised or prioritised. Our education system has become detri...
For me, one of my fears is, I am afraid of what I sound like. I am afraid of how people will perceive and judge me on the basis of how I sound when I speak and how I might say something or how I might pronounce a word
Not many writers of a stage musical would attempt to explore deeply contentious and troubling issues of the day. Big issues don't really lend themselves to up beat song and dance, and most audiences don't usually find themselves clapping along to show tunes with a serious edge...
Time after time all areas of the arts focus on new talent and youth, ignoring the talent and knowledge of the older generations. Him demonstrates why this needs to change and that all of us, no matter our age, have something to gain from tapping this forgotten well of skill.
Damian Mullen is part of a new wave of Scottish writers emerging during this era of Scottish independence struggles and questions of national identity. The 25-year-old Glaswegian writer and producer is a life-long fan of Scottish theatre and comedy and it was his simple short scripts that won him a scholarship with Warner Bros just 12 months ago.
I chose theatre as my medium because it places the audience in a space where it is difficult to run away from uncomfortable truths. In theatre, in a ritualised way, for a short time we breathe the same air and inhabit the same space as the people who experience these tragedies. My intention is to present work that is provocative and transformative.
As a fine piece of theatre, Brassed Off is strongly recommended and deservedly attracted the attention of the local BBC Look North programme, which prominently featured the production in the middle of its run. But as a raw and gritty slice-of-life take on some of the most troubled times anyone can remember since the last war, it's genuinely important - and a very timely reminder of the industrial heritage we all still share.
The Faction theatre company and Selfridges have come together to create a production that makes the work of William Shakespeare very accessible and engaging. Elements including fashion, social media and tabloids are effectively incorporated to provide parallels to modern times.