Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Abby Clarke

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Abby Clarke

This summer, 'Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch, A Musical Parody' was my surprise discovery at the Fringe Festival. In a style similar to Wicked the musical, Unfortunate retells the story of The Little Mermaid from the perspective of the villain, Ursula. It turns out that she isn’t all that bad and [...]

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Louise Beresford and Anna Spearpoint

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Louise Beresford and Anna Spearpoint

Believe it or not, we're approaching the end of 2019 which means that Panto season is among us! This December I'll be catching The Fairytale Revolution: Wendy’s Awfully Big Adventure, which might have according to one of Theatre503's tweets, the first all-female Panto team ever? The cast includes Anais Lone as Wendy, Helena Morais as Peter Pan/Smee [...]

Review | The Last Noël, Wimbledon Library – Merton Arts Space ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | The Last Noël, Wimbledon Library – Merton Arts Space ⋆⋆⋆⋆

The Last Noël, a new play by Chris Bush, is touring South London libraries and community spaces before a three-week run at 'Arts at the Old Fire Station'. I caught it whilst at the Wimbledon Library, an unconventional setting for an unconventional yet lovable Christmas show. When the audience first take their seats, biscuits are [...]

Review | How to Save a Life, Soho Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | How to Save a Life, Soho Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

When an illness is mentioned in terms of statistics, it's often hard to make the connection with what it means in reality. I could tell you that according to Cancer Research’s website, there are around 3,200 new cervical cancer cases in the UK every year. But it’s a number that you’ll most likely forget tomorrow. [...]

Double Review | I… and The Kola Nut Does Not Speak English @ Maiden Speech Festival, Tristan Bates Theatre

Double Review | I… and The Kola Nut Does Not Speak English @ Maiden Speech Festival, Tristan Bates Theatre

The Maiden Speech Theatre Festival returned this month for its third season hosting a range of work from the next generation of emerging theatre makers. In this double bill review, I take a look at ‘I…’ by Asa Haynes and ‘The Kola Nut Does Not Speak English’ by Tania Nwachukwu. Both are personal, self-penned solo [...]

Review | Ragtime, Bridewell Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Ragtime, Bridewell Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

‘Where’s the America we were supposed to get? Was it a silhouette?’  It’s hard to deny that America is currently facing a storm of socio political issues: rising racial tensions; polarisation in communities over its immigration system; dwindling worker’s rights; and the ever-widening gap between the richest and the poorest in society. It’s easy to [...]

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Lexi Clare

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Lexi Clare

My next guest is Lexi Clare, producer of the Maiden Speech Festival which has returned for a third season this November. When you look at all that this project has achieved, it is difficult not to marvel at the wonder woman that Lexi is. In this interview, we discuss her motivations for creating the Festival [...]

Review | Spiderfly, Theatre503 ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Spiderfly, Theatre503 ⋆⋆⋆

We’ve all read those articles where someone falls victim to the charms of a manipulative psycho and we’re left questioning – ‘why didn’t they just get up and leave?’. Spiderfly points its audience to exactly why this is easier said than done. Esther (Lia Burge) is a couples counselor and is barely holding it together. [...]

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with John Webber

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with John Webber

John Webber's fascinating new play, Spiderfly, opened at Theatre503 this month. In this interview, we discuss his experience of writing his debut play and more. Enjoy! Name: John Webber Role: Playwright and Actor Favourite Show/Play: I loved both B’rer Cotton by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm and Wolfe by Ross Willis at Theatre503. Other favourites have been Dance [...]

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Jordan Benjamin

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Jordan Benjamin

'Extremism', which opened this month at Theatre Peckham, is a political play about fear, friendship and the creeping polarisation of our society. In this interview, Jordan and I discuss his role as Assistant Director, the difficult themes raised in Anders Lustgarten’s  play and opportunites for BAME creatives in theatre. Name: Jordan Benjamin Role: Assistant Director, [...]