Artistic director of Charles Court Opera (CCO) and opera singer, John Savournin, met me at Rosemary Branch Theatre, in the middle of rehearsals, on a chilly Saturday to discuss CCO’s new and fresh production of The Mikado, opening this week at the King’s Head Theatre. John talked to me about Gilbert & Sullivan’s inspiration behind the comic work and his optimistic outlook of the opera landscape for Off-West End companies and productions.
It would be unfair to review Lipstick: A fairy tale in Modern Iran, after all, it is a scratch performance based on the experiences of Sarah Chew and her visit to Tehran during the Green Uprising in 2009. At the Omnibus Theatre, people got to see a theatrical work in its development stages. With script in hand, Laura Dos Santos read Sarah Chew’s words and reenacted a heavy and serious topic, which was up for discussion later on in the evening. Mark, bravely performed by Nathan Kiley, added cabaret and drag aesthetic to the episodic work. Together they ruled over my attention for the evening, and I was genuinely locked in and engaged.
Dublin-born actor Rory Keenan has entertained audiences on TV, film and theatre, from the BBC’s War & Peace, Peaky Blinders and Donmar Warehouse’s Saint Joan to the National Theatre’s production of Liola. Currently performing the role of James (Jamie) Tyrone Jr. in Richard Eyre’s revived production of Eugene O’Neill’s Tony award-winning play, Long Day’s Journey into Night, alongside Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, Rory tells me what it is like to perform the inebriate and enigmatic role of Jamie – son of a dysfunctional family. He also tells me how he manages to remember all his lines and his fondness for south London and sport — all kinds of sport!
Piggy – do you recognise the name? He is one of the main characters from William Golding’s widely-known allegorical novel, Lord of the Flies, published in 1954. Beginning shows this week at Greenwich Theatre is Lazarus Theatre’s adapted production of Nigel Williams’ interpretation in a thrilling and atmospheric production. I went to the preview night on Wednesday and was thoroughly blown away. Continue reading
Showing from the 13 and 25 March at the Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, is The Beyond Borders season, which focuses on Britain and the Middle East. The mini season includes a part theatre and part drag cabaret show, Lipstick: a fairy tale of modern Iran, written and directed by Sarah Chew. In the middle of rehearsals, Chew spoke to me about the challenges she faced writing Lipstick, how cabaret and vaudeville fed into the work and the discourse of telling a story that has political, legal and religious implications.
Extraordinary, unconventional, interactive and fun are the words I would use to describe the launch of crossover artist and classical music pianist AyseDeniz Gokcin’s new album, A Chopin Affair: Sonatas. On Friday night [March 9th] St James’s Sussex Gardens near Paddington was surprisingly packed – people had to find chairs and create their own space to sit down. The audience was a mix of savvy young artists, bright-eyed students, middle-aged professionals and family members keen to grab a glass of wine, relax and listen to some scintillating Chopin.
The Tate Modern has opened its much anticipated retrospective exhibition of Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) and the pivotal year of his career in Picasso 1932: Love Fame Tragedy. I go back in time and trace my original interest with the cubist, surrealist and expressionist artist and share my thoughts on this revolutionary exhibition, in my humble opinion.
Janáček is one of my favourite opera composers. When you hear his music, you know it is his. There’s a starry mysticism to his songs primed with delicate poignancy and melodic detail. His music can be emotional, deeply dramatic and dark, exhibiting a visceral quality, irrespective of the subject matter.
Dark and Chilly
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Hermetic Arts new intriguing work, Unburied delves deep into the mysteries of a cultural past. It explores traces of a six-part children’s Folk Horror TV series that went missing, presumably destroyed. Folklore enthusiast, Carrie Marx pieces together theoretical and alternative explanations of its disappearance through her own personal investigation; from consulting the British Museum, historical archives, penny dreadfuls, search engines and even the dark web.
From the creators of BADD : Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons (Highly Commended at VAULT 2017), comes Hermetic Arts new project, UNBURIED, which is now showing at the Vault Festival. The creators behind Unburied, performer/co-writer Carrie Marx and director Chris Lincé discuss their new work, Unburied, their fascination with 1970s folk horror, the notion of memory and nostalgia as well as their interest in the TV hit series, Doctor Who.
ICYMI: For fans of @charlescourt & @KingsHeadThtr, they have a brilliantly fresh & hilarious production of #GilbertandSullivan #TheMikado, showing from tomorrow. Here's my interview with artistic director John Savournin to share some gossip about the show. trendfem.com/2018/03/q-a-jo…
My interview with @charlescourt artistic director John Savournin to discuss G & S #TheMikado @KingsHeadThtr showing from March 22, this wk. We talked about the inspiration behind the comic work & his optimistic outlook of the fringe & Off-West End operas. trendfem.com/2018/03/q-a-jo…