Untitled And Ready To Create!

 Interactive theatre collective non zero one’s Untitled (audio with pen) will be at The Other Art Fair from 15th – 18th October.
For brave visitors with inquisitive minds, non zero one are inviting those who answer ‘Yes’ to the question ‘Are you Curious?’ to put on a blindfold and headphones and embark on a special journey. Just join queue 1 or queue 2 with the entry card you receive upon arrival at room 001 in T4 for a unique experience.

Drawing together backgrounds in theatre, dance, movement, live art, photography, multimedia and performance, the group work to create opportunities for their audiences to become authors of their own experience. The work was a commission from The Other Art Fair.

The Other Art Fair is all about discovering the next artistic talent and it has become a pioneering platform for uncovering new and emerging talents, enabling artists to form direct relationships with potential buyers and launch their careers within the contemporary art world. 

Ovalhouse Has A FABULISM Autumn Season Ahead!

 

Slip of Steel’s How does a snake shed its skin?
– an anarchic one-woman show about Margaret Thatcher, Virginia Woolf and Marilyn Monroe. (7th – 10th October) Press night 7 October 7.45pm. 

Dark and Lovely by Selina Thompson which invites you inside the Tumbleweave to explore being black, British and female. (7th – 10th October, 14th October – 17th October) Press night 8 October 7.30pm. 

fanSHEN’s Invisible Treasure (in collaboration with Hellicar&Lewis) which creates an interactive digital playspace where our actions can change everything. This is an electrifying exploration of human relationships, power structures and individual agency. (27th Oct – 14th Nov)

Gary Kitching & Greyscale’s Me and Mr C – the ventriloquist dummy inside your head who sees all you see, knows all you know, hears all you hear and sometimes, if you are very unlucky, tells you what he thinks of it all. (18th – 21st Nov) Press night 19 November 7.30pm. 

then LEAP from Laura Lindow and The Lowry which looks into the almost forgotten past and our attempts to let go. It is a work about how sometimes you have to go backwards in order to move on. It’s about taking a leap. (25th – 28th Nov) Press night 26 November 7.30pm. 

http://www.ovalhouse.com

Never Forget Your Audience..

  

I woke up yesterday morning full of autumnal joys and ready to be boss. Then I read an article that suddenly put my ambitions on hold and it was clear that an article on the same topic needed to be penned by my (not so fair) hand.

The article in question that ignited my response is here if you would like to read it in full and is by Mark Shenton for the Stage  http://bit.ly/1L2GM77. To summarize, it questions the credibility of the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical formely known as The Best Musical category which will be voted for by Radio 2 listeners ie the public. This is one award among many, at this annual Theatre Awards. On Twitter, Shenton has put a link to the article describing how “public vote ruins it” referring to the award. You get a very quick picture on how Shenton feels about Public voted awards.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion but perhaps naively I thought we were all on the same page when it came to the audience, whether it’s to our writing, or also in my case my performing. They are vital in fact, in the words of the Janet Jackson Song ‘It’s All For You’. This is definitely the case when it comes to Musical Theatre. Shenton seems to ignore in his article, that like it or not, theatre is made for an audience. Yes he acknowledges that the public have their say by translating their likes or dislikes of a show by purchasing tickets, but they deserve a lot more credit than that.

Radio 2 has for many years now with such shows as Elaine Paige On Sunday (which plays solely musical theatre and film music) and Sunday Night with Michael Ball, projected Musical Theatre to the large audience it knows wants to hear the icons and the music of that genre. It caters simply for what it’s listeners want, The Evening Standard choosing to name it’s award and be voted for by these listeners, is not a big surprise. Many award ceremonies have in the last five years introduced an audience voted award, it is simply listening to an audience in one fell swoop.

If an award is chosen by a panel of critics and creatives does that mean it can be debated by the audience in the same way an audience voted award can be by critics? To this I whole heartedly agree, as it’s all down to opinions, everyone’s differ and there is no wrong or right outcome. It is however wrong to question the credibility and worthiness of that opinion based on the collective who have made it, which is why I felt compelled to write this article in the first instance. 

Long live the power source of Theatre..the audience!!

Two Iconic Pantomimes Merge To Create A Dame Of A Show!

  

CINDERELLA AND THE BEANSTALK
RETURNS TO THEATRE503
Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW Wednesday 25th November 2015 – Saturday 2nd January 2016
Press Night: Friday 27th November 2015, 7.45pm

Press Release: After a sell-out run last Christmas award-winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees is returning to Theatre503 this December. Directed by critically-acclaimed Tom Attenborough, this three-man pantomime with a twist combines the classic elements of a well-loved pantomime with an astonishing range of fast paced, physical and bare-knuckled comedy.

Sleeping Trees have booked the venue. They’ve bought the costumes. But, there’s just one problem. They’ve forgotten to cast any actors. These boys aren’t the kind of people to let an obstacle like this get in the way so they’re just going to have to play all the parts themselves.
James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua George Smith and John Woodburn jump from character to character with a seemingly unnatural elasticity. 

It’s got a lot to do with relish, which they employ liberally, but they also come from a tradition of anarchic buffoonery that’s underpinned by a militantly controlled skill (Time Out).
Fresh from Edinburgh Fringe success with their shows Mafia? and Western?, Sleeping Trees are known for their stripped back aesthetics, employing a comic and cut-and-paste approach to the creative demolition of well-loved stories, books and film genres.

Join these three performers as they sing, dance and fight their way through panto- pandemonium, using an amazingly versatile set with maximum impact. Fast paced, fun and frantically hilarious, Sleeping Tree’s Christmas show is just the ticket to have you smiling like a kid again! (West End Wilma).

A glorious cocktail of everyone’s favourite pantomimes, this is a panto for children that adults love and a panto for adults that children love. Follow Cinderella on a perilous adventure as the scheming Rumpelstiltskin blackmails the would-be princess to retrieve the coveted golden eggs from the top of the beanstalk in order to recover her glass slipper. But with Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and Jack’s pregnant cow all doing their best to get in the way, the delicious, oversized eggs may not be so easy to reach.

The company says: We are extremely excited to be returning to Theatre503, now as Associate Artists of the venue, with Cinderella and the Beanstalk. We were delighted with the response the show got from audiences last Christmas, in particular seeing children engage so enthusiastically with the show and theatre in general. We can’t wait to climb back into our onesies and get going again. We’ve got some time in the studio set up so we can make this year’s show even bigger and better than before. So hang on to your popcorn, because the theatre doesn’t like it if you make a mess!
Sleeping Trees are now an associate company of Theatre503.

Performance Dates
Cinderella and the Beanstalk
Wednesday 25th November 2015 – Saturday 2nd January 2016 Tuesday to Saturday, 7pm
Wednesday, 1.30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 3pm

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Valhalla Casting Is Announced! 

 

Press Release:

Clint Dyer and Carolina Main have been named as the cast of Paul Murphy’s Valhalla – the joint winner of Theatre503’s inaugural international Playwriting Award. This tense psychological thriller is set in a world in which men have become gods, but gods have become depraved.

Director Jo McInnes (Royal Court, National Theatre, RSC) comments: Valhalla demands ones attention not only in its ideas but in its form. Its ambition and power are undeniable. I feel privileged to be part of its genesis from page to stage. Dyer and Main are each fantastic actors – when paired as a couple it’s very exciting to watch their chemistry develop in rehearsals.

Main has recently appeared in Grantchester for ITV as well as King Lear for the RSC and The Winter’s Tale and All’s Well That Ends Well for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Dyer’s extensive credits include The Royale (Bush Theatre), Sus (Young Vic and Tour) and Big White Fog (Almeida).

As violence sweeps the city, an exhausted couple seek refuge in an isolated Nordic research centre. They are on the brink of discovering a cure for the devastating disease which is ravishing the community when cracks in their marriage start to appear. Suddenly they find themselves forced to choose between conflicting allegiances to love and science.
Conceived against a backdrop of bewitching Icelandic scenery, this extraordinary play asks questions about the ethics of genetic research, fertility and the endurance of human love.

Playwright Paul Murphy comments, I wanted to use the subject of genetic research to explore the question of what makes us who we are, on both the genetic level and the individual level. I’m attracted to challenging pieces of work that ask important questions whilst retaining an emotional rawness. The play provides no answers but I hope it will provoke plenty of questions.

Valhalla is produced in association with Sheer Drop Theatre and has been generously supported by Arts Council England, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation and The Richard Carne Trust.

Wednesday 30th September – Saturday 24th October 2015 Tuesday to Saturday, 7.45pm
Sunday, 5pm
80 minutes (no interval)

Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road,
London SW11 3BW, 

https://theatre503.com/

Double Transfer Time And Not A Footballer In Sight!

  DOUBLE TRANSFER FROM HAMPSTEAD
DOWNSTAIRS TO THE WEST END

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

Four Minutes Twelve Seconds Press Night: Thursday 12th November, 7.45pm 

The Wasp Press Night: Friday 11th December, 7.45pm

Press Release:

The two most successful productions in the last twelve months from Hampstead Downstairs are transferring to Trafalgar Studios for a back-to-back run. Following on from its Olivier Award nomination in April, James Fritz’s debut play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds will open the season, followed by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s sell-out The Wasp.
Edward Hall, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre, says I’m absolutely delighted that two sold- out Hampstead Downstairs shows, The Wasp and Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, will be transferring to Trafalgar Studios 2 this autumn, allowing those who missed out on tickets before the chance to see them. Discovering, supporting and presenting original work has always been a major part of what Hampstead Theatre has stood for and it is incredibly exciting that these plays will have a further life in the West End.

James Fritz’s Olivier-nominated debut play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (directed by award- winning director Anna Ledwich) throws light on the insidious consequences of new technology – where nothing dies online, except reputation. A startling incident outside the school gates threatens to ruin everything Di and David strived to give their son Jack – an incident that suggests a deep hatred of their son. As events begin to accelerate, Di and David struggle to find answers, doubting Jack’s closest friends, Jack himself and ultimately themselves.

The cast of Four Minutes Twelve Seconds will be reprising their roles from Hampstead Downstairs: Kate Maravan (British comedy series Broken News, BBC TV series New Tricks) will star as Di, Jonathan McGuinness (BBC production of Wolf Hall, Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Royal Shakespeare Company)) will play David, Ria Zmitrowicz (Arcadia (The English Touring Theatre), The Crucible (The Royal Exchange)) will play Cara.

Writer Fritz says, 

I can’t wait to see Four Minutes Twelve Seconds up on its feet again. The production at Hampstead was such a thrill for me – to work with such an incredible team on my professional debut was more than I could have hoped, and I loved seeing the response from the audience night after night.

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s sharply comic The Wasp (directed by Tom Attenborough) follows once close childhood friends, Heather and Carla as they meet twenty years later and awkwardly reminisce about the past. Then Heather presents Carla with a bag containing a significant amount of cash and an unexpected proposition. Delving deep into issues such as bullying, regret, kindness and forgiveness, this electric thriller asks how far beyond the playground we carry our childhood experiences and how far some people are willing to go in order to come to terms with them.
Lloyd Malcolm says, I am thrilled that we are getting the chance to get the team together to work on this project again. In particular, I will never get tired of watching two brilliant actors getting stuck into the twists and turns of this tangled web of a play.

Autumn 2015 marks the 5th Anniversary of the opening of Hampstead Downstairs. Hampstead Theatre’s flexible 90 seat studio is dedicated to showcasing new writing, directing and acting talent, and to identify and develop entertaining plays that are original and ambitious, and which might have a future life. Since opening in 2010, Hampstead Downstairs has produced over 40 new plays. Productions have transferred to Hampstead’s Main Stage, including Hello/Goodbye in 2015, to the West End, including Di and Viv and Rose also in 2015, and have toured regionally and internationally. This will be Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s second new play to transfer from Hampstead Downstairs to Trafalgar Studios following the critically acclaimed Belongings in 2011.

Four Minutes Twelve Seconds
Tuesday 10th November – Saturday 5th December 2015
The Wasp
Tuesday 8th December 2015 – Saturday 9th January 2016 

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios

Looking For Lansbury? She’s Coming To Theatres Near You!

 

By Fiona-Jane Weston and Patrick Lambe Saturday 5th September– Saturday 5th December 2015

Official press release as follows:

We all know her as star of stage and screen from Auntie Mame to Murder She Wrote but who is Angela Lansbury?

She was a wartime evacuee aged nine, cabaret star at 17, MGM contract player before she was 20, three-time Oscar nominee, star of musical theatre, serious drama and TV, granddaughter of one-time Labour leader George Lansbury and daughter of West End beauty Moyna Magill; Dame Angela Lansbury has had a glittering career. 

Along the way there have been knockbacks and disappointments but through it all she has returned, supplementing her natural talent with resilience, determination and sheer hard graft.

Celebrated chanteuse and mistress of dramatic cabaret, Fiona-Jane Weston looks into the life of this true showbiz legend and, through songs and words and a little help from the Jessica Fletcher Appreciation Society, tries to understand the events and influences from the past which have created the actress we all love today. 

Weston sings well- known classics from Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, and Sweeney Todd, along with freshly- revived Jazz and country numbers.
Playing in London on Angela Lansbury’s actual 90th birthday, Looking for Lansbury strips back the covers and pays tribute to this remarkable woman. With a career dating back to the 1940s, Lansbury is an icon with a truly universal appeal, admired for her Hollywood films and musicals and the much-loved classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks. 

Fiona-Jane Weston is no stranger to feminism. Since her youth, she has pondered over the place of women in society and the advances they have made over the past 100 years. In an era which sees more women in boardrooms and positions of power than ever before, Weston uses the arts in recognition of those women in ‘herstory’ who have contributed to the freedoms and rights of women today. From Weston’s advanced historical research, Looking for Lansbury will include authentic Suffragette speeches and quotes as well as Angela Lansbury’s real words.

Throughout her career Fiona-Jane Weston has played to capacity houses both in London and New York with a variety of shows. Alongside Looking for Lansbury, she is also currently touring Wartime Women: the Khaki Cabaret. This show is an affectionate tribute to the courageous women who lived during both World Wars. Performed with charm and wit…energetically researched…Weston somehow maintains a light touch, imparting intriguing nuggets of information at every step ★★★★ (The Times)

Fiona-Jane Weston comments, There are lots of similarities between me and Angela; we are both English and, like her, I also use song as a vehicle to tell stories and explore the emotions and motivations of a character. Doing a one-woman show about her gives me a great excuse to cover some terrific material. Hers is a fascinating untold story, not only her own incredibly varied and extensive career, but the influences in her formative years by both her actress mother, and her politician grandfather George Lansbury, who was imprisoned for his support of the Suffragettes!

Tour Dates
5th September The Fisher Theatre, 7.30pm
10 Broad St, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1EE

20th September Sarah Thorne Theatre, 7.00pm
St Peter’s Road, Broadstairs ,CT10 2JW

16th and 17th October St. James Theatre, 8.00pm
12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA

26th November Square Chapel Arts, 8.00pm
10 Square Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1QG

5th December The Playhouse Theatre, 7.45pm
47-53 Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7HG

@FionaJaneWeston, @St_JamesTheatre, #LookingForLansbury