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 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 [...]

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Sheila Arden

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Sheila Arden

Artform is an amateur theatrical company resident at the Broadway Studio in Catford, South East London. They have produced a diverse selection of musicals, plays and concerts. Their previous productions include ‘Avenue Q’, ‘Into the Woods’, and ‘Oh What A Lovely War’. I met up with Sheila Arden, Artform’s Chair and Artistic Director to discuss [...]

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Louise Cook

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Louise Cook

I first came across Louise Cook's name when I visited the recent West End production of Dreamgirls. The whole show blew me away but I remember being stunned by how dynamic the lighting design was in particular. When I learnt that Louise was part of the lighting team, I knew that I wanted to reach [...]

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Alex Hackitt-Anwyl

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Alex Hackitt-Anwyl

Alex Hackitt-Anwyl grew up in Nuneaton and now lives in South London. FemFringe, which she founded, recently enjoyed a successful run at the Vaults Festival in Waterloo, London and will be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. We caught up for a good long chat about the show, the importance of women in [...]