Well, good friends, we are living in volatile times. This is by no means a surprise. Predictions were made and reality soon followed suit. We are alerted on social media when the next controversy rolls in. Then, we find out it either wasn’t a controversy or it was and people don’t believe there even was a controversy. The comments section is filled to the brim with people who sit by their keyboards waiting to pounce on the next unsuspecting person they disagree with. To top it all off, there have been rumors that government funding for the arts will be cut. While this is disheartening, (one theatre maker I know personally questioned the longevity of our profession), it is not surprising.Read More
It’s the end of winter. You can’t think of anything more satisfying than sitting at home in your pajamas with the fire on and a steaming mug of chocolate in hand. But...you’ve got a rehearsal. You dread leaving the house and braving the storm, de-icing the car and attempting to carry all of your props and costumes without risking injury. Then you arrive at the venue, begin your craft and forget all about the world outside.Read More
Peppa Pig and friends arrive at the Marlowe Theatre tomorrow in Canterbury, England. While it's only a two day stay in the Kent theatre, PETA(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is asking the theatre not to traumatize children attending the performances, by serving Peppa as food in Marlowe's restaurant.Read More
Imelda Staunton made a statement suggesting a ban on food and drink in theatres, also stating “I don’t know why people can’t engage in just one thing. I don’t understand this obsession with having to eat or drink something at every moment of the day.”Read More
It’s a question that comes up in debate time and again; can something that is truly beautiful really be perfectly functional? And can something that works absolutely as it should also be stunning to look at? Can these two elements ever combine?
When it comes to the theatre, the answer is yes. When an auditorium is designed well, the beauty and the functionality of it come together exactly as they should to make a space that people want to be in. There are many different ways that this can be done, and here are just some of them.Read More
On the 6th December, inside the newly refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre, the lights came up on Hamilton for the first time in London. It's finally happened. Hamilton is here, and it's already a hit. In fact, the show is almost completely sold out for the whole of its run – but fear not. The Hamilton £10 Lottery has also been announced, which means that you can enter to win the chance to buy tickets for only £10 … every day!Read More
We need to address an issue within training for the performing arts in the United Kingdom. In England, Northern Ireland and Wales right now, you must pay tuition fees to go to a university, which means, any actors, directors or writers who wish to study a BA must have the money to afford this course or else look for a scholarship. In Scotland, the government funds the majority of our courses, which means that you would think that working-class students within the performing arts within Scotland would have a better chance to get the training they deserve.
Well you're wrong.Read More
We've all been there, spent £40 on a ticket to enjoy a night at the theatre and some idiot decides to ruin a show, by talking throughout the performance, pulling out their mobile phone and basically just ignoring theatre etiquette. But, is it happening all too often now?Read More
To risk getting political straight away, although often it would be harder not to do so, many aspects of the modern world are becoming too polarised. Perhaps as a response to post-modernist ideas, or maybe just as a subconscious recognition that whether we like it or not, humans like to return to primal thoughts and emotions when we can; certain things have become disproportionately opposed. The apparently antithetical political parties (Republicans and Democrats) in America would probably be the most obvious example for this readership.Read More
In two recent blogs, I've looked at conspiracy theories surrounding Hamilton and The Wizard of Oz / Wicked. This time, I am delving into the world of Mary Poppins. Because who doesn't love a spoon full of sugar, and a practically perfect trip down memory lane?Read More