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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]