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, [...]

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Grace Gummer

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Grace Gummer

My next wonderful guest in this series is Grace Gummer, director of 'Germ Free Adolescent', which is running at The Bunker Theatre this month. During the show's run, the Bunker Theatre announced that unfortunately it will be closing its doors in March 2020 due to a proposed redevelopment of the site. The converted car park [...]

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Deborah Lean

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Deborah Lean

Anyone who knows me, knows that 'Ragtime', is my all-time favourite musical. So the news that Sedos, an amateur theatre company based in London, would be staging the show this November was like Christmas come early. When I learnt that this production would have a 33 person cast and an 18 piece orchestra, I was [...]

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation With Camila Robinson-Rodriguez

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation With Camila Robinson-Rodriguez

If you ever meet Camila, there are two things that you should notice about her in no time at all. First, is that she bears an uncanny resemblance to Fleabag but in a way that is difficult to describe. Second and most importantly, is her passion for art and activism. Earlier this year, Camila collaborated [...]

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Varun Raj

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Varun Raj

After seeing Mushy: Lyrically Speaking at the Arcola Theatre this month, I became fascinated by Mushy's story from Educating Yorkshire and watched lots of clips of him on YouTube (here, here and here). It's a story that you don't often see on stage and although the tour has now ended, I sincerely hope that it [...]

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Helena Morais

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Helena Morais

As part of the Ovalhouse’s Untold series, Helena Morais wrote, produced and starred in Firecracker, which remains one the best shows I’ve seen all year. In Firecracker, we follow Anaíz Mendes, who seeks revenge after the murder of her godmother, a Bahian councilwoman in modern day Brazil. Anaíz starts to learn Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian Martial [...]