Give The Life You DO Have A Chance, It Might Surprise You..

Yes, we all wish sometimes we could go back in time and do things differently. It may be five years, it maybe twenty, but one thing is for certain…YOU CAN’T!! This might sound rather obvious, but the moment you actually realise that you have to start living the life you do have, you will, well, live it.  

In terms of being a creative, you may have always wanted to branch out in to writing comedy for example, so go for it, there is absolutely nothing stopping you. Just because you think you should have done this, say, ten years ago doesn’t mean you can’t now. Perhaps you are ready to write comedy now more than you were before. 

Stop the self pitying of I could have been… or I should have been x if I had put the effort in… Well you didn’t and maybe just maybe you didn’t for a reason, chances are, it wasn’t what you really wanted to do in life. If you still aren’t prepared to put that effort in now, then it definitely isn’t for you. 

Stop pining for so-called lost opportunities, focus on your life now, with what you have achieved and will continue to achieve in the future. Cherish and nurture it, but, most of all appreciate it.

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The League Of Youth Revived By Riot Act At Theatre N16


Riot Act in collaboration with Theatre N16 presents:
THE LEAGUE OF YOUTH

August 9th – August 18th 2016, Theatre N16

Riot Act unearths a rarely produced piece by Henrik Ibsen for its third professional production in the UK since its 1870 publication. This blisteringly relevant and razor sharp dissection of cultural and professional revolution where old institutions are forced to face the radical new is here presented in a new adaptation by Ashley Pearson and directed by Whit Hertford, the team behind this year’s fringe sell-out Coverage, a newsroom adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. 

Sten Stensgard is the new guy in the office, but he won’t let that define him. Determined to move up in the world, Sten will do anything to get ahead— blackmail, lie, cheat, and even fall in love. Amidst a controversial office election, ideologies clash in a new version of Ibsen’s dark comedy about the intersection of personality and politics. 

“bold, philosophical and avant-garde” Theatrefullstop on The Misbegotten Hope of the Dirty Bird
British-Canadian playwright Ashley Pearson holds an MFA in theatre directing from East 15 Acting School, and a BA&Sc in liberal arts from Quest University Canada. She was an apprentice director at New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater Festival, and has studied theatre at GITIS (Russian University of Theatre Arts) and Seacoast Theatre Centre. Her work as a writer includes North [Long-listed for the Theatre503 New Play Prize], Nerves of the Heart [awarded Distinction by QUC], West, and a new translation of Ionesco’s The Chairs. Pearson is an Associate Artist with Riot Act. 

The League of Youth is directed by Riot Act Artistic Director Whit Hertford. Hertford is an Associate Director at Theatre N16 and received his MFA in theatre directing from East 15 Acting School – recent credits include his Chekhov adaptation The Misbegotten Hope of the Dirty Bird. The veteran American actor turned London-based Hertford (Jurassic Park, Glee, Raising Hope) recently portrayed cult leader Charlie Manson in the film, Prettyface. Additionally he wrote and starred in the film Wildife, which was an official selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Court Métrage. 

Riot Act is a radical band of artists who seek innovation that bleeds and unapologetically aims to incite new writing and breathe oxygen into classic themes and texts. Their acts of excavation, incision and resuscitation have positioned them to be one of London’s exciting new theatre laboratories.

**** “a pleasing blend of earnestness and knowingness” Female Arts on Coverage

Psychological Thriller The Collector, At The Vaults Theatre


August 2nd – 28th 2016, The Vaults Theatre Press Night: August 4th 2016, 7.30pm 

Starring Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne, Game of Thrones) and Lily Loveless (Naomi, Skins), John Fowles’ classic story of obsession comes to the Vaults Theatre in London this August in a brand new production directed by Joe Hufton (Associate Director, Alice’s Adventures Underground; director, Secret Cinema’s Dead Poets Society, Scarlett at Southwark Playhouse, Portia at Theatre503). 

“bringing back the plain excitement of suspense” (The New York Times on The Collector)

 “It was so easy really. There was a quick struggle but I got her in the van… That first touch – she was so
light, so much smaller than I’d thought.” 

Frederick Clegg loves Miranda Grey. Miranda Grey loves Frederick Clegg – she just doesn’t know it yet. The Collector tells the story of a lonely young man who collects butterflies and his obsession with a beautiful art student. When he comes into a large amount of money he leaves his job, buys a remote farmhouse and prepares the basement for a very special houseguest. The Collector is an enthralling psychological thriller which brings to life one of British literature’s most notoriously terrifying characters. 

 “director Joe Hufton has dealt with provocative subject matter in a remarkably nuanced way” (Culture Whisper on Scarlett) 

John Fowles is a giant of British literature and was named as one of the 50 greatest post war British writers by The Times. His works, including The Magus, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Collector have been translated into multiple languages and his several of his works have been adapted for cinema. The Collector was made into a film starring Terrence Stamp and Samantha Eggar in 1965. It was nominated for three Oscars and Samantha Eggar won a Golden Globe for a Best Actress in a Motion Picture.

Drifting Dragons: A New Opera Telling The Real Stories Of Londoners


Free unticketed performances of a professional opera in a modern, accessible style inspired by local Londoner’s stories.
• Promenade performances in different locations in collaboration with local businesses around Merton and Hackney for the Grimeborn Opera Festival

• Baseless Fabric collaborate with Surrey based composer Greg Harradine who received the 2014 Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award.

 Following the success of sell-out runs of A First Class Death at VAULT Festival and A Secret Life at Theatre 503, promenade theatre company Baseless Fabric are creating a new street opera for their local area Merton and for the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre.

 The Arts Council funded production has enabled Baseless Fabric to engage approximately 500 people aged 6-90 across the whole borough of Merton, gathering stories, memories and ideas in interviews and workshops through partnering with Merton Music Foundation, Wimbledon Guild, Merton & Morden Guild, St Marks Academy, Wimbledon Cancer Friendship Group, New Horizon Community Centre & others.

The story is everyday, about friendship and how life changes can pull us apart or make us stronger. It is inspired by the real issues of real people we’ve spoken to; the words are clear so that audiences not used to hearing opera can easily hear the words; and the free unticketed performances will take place on the street, bringing opera directly to people’s own lives, so introducing new audiences to the art form.

There will be 10 performances in different locations across the borough of Merton and 2 performances at the prestigious Grimeborn Opera Festival at the Arcola Theatre to make local people’s stories part of a major opera festival.  

Drifting Dragons

26 – 29 & 31 July 2016 Performances taking place in Wimbledon, Raynes Park, Morden and Mitcham town centres and other locations across the borough of Merton

 30 July Performances as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival: 3.30pm and 6pm Dalston Square

http://arco.la/dragons

 

Female Performers: A Bullseye For Misogynists And Racists 

Being a female performer and writer, I sometimes receive patronising, sexist and sleazy comments, verbally and in written form from males. I am in no way saying this to gain sympathy, I’m stating a fact. This is something that makes me angry and I’m not afraid to talk about, as I make my voice heard in stating that it is not acceptable.

What stops me from being more sad than angry about it, is the fact that this is a small minority in our industry and there are many male industry figures that look past an ‘outer shell’ and see my ability, thus treating me with respect. 

The last two days I’ve read articles and social media posts tearing to shreds Taylor Swift, in fact it’s been even longer with her new relationship with Tom Hiddleston seemingly offending so many people, not to mention her large circle of friends. This added with the new alleged Kanye West song lyric saga, is just a long line of triggers, for a hungry press to devour Swift.

There was an article from a national publication that was documenting her ‘downfall’. Although it was berating those bullying Swift, it felt wrong to even have such a need for an article, as the only downfall is that of the press and social media. In essence the article was a summary of all the negativity that the press are whipping up against her, in terms of headings as well as nasty tweets.

Being a successful twenty-something female singer such as Swift, means to some, that they can outpour their ignorance and prejudice towards women at this individual. The idea of a woman staying at the top of their game and having a personal life, should not be an ailien concept. 

Today, in addition to Swift, the world woke up the news that Leslie Jones, one of the leading actresses in the new Ghostbusters film, had left Twitter. This is because of racial and misogynistic abuse, in the form of tweets and a fake account in her name, posting hateful content. 

Another incredibly talented female performer, targeted by this time mainly social media, Jones has spoken out of her anguish, which I think is such a good message to other females, targeted in different social media capacities. A non-tolerate attitude to this horrific abuse is the only way to stamp it out or at least make a gesture of unity.

Racial and misogynist abuse should not be suffered by anyone and female performers in the media, should as Jones, be able to speak out and express their anger at it. We need to all show support to eachother and make a stand against this abuse endured by women. It should not simply be tolerated.

As in Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off lyrics “The haters gonna hate..” but they have no reason to celebrate, as they will never win in any shape of form with their hate.

Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

Yes, it’s that familiar scenario, we see someone we knew four hundred years ago doing extremely well with a glittering career and personal life. Only they don’t, it’s just what you have conjured up in your mind, as in reality you have no idea what their life is actually like. 

You have two options:

They have written a play…so can you! 

They have been cast in a role you would love…you still can play that role!

They have a large vocal repertoire..learn more songs then!

Or 

Just be you, yes I know it’s an ailien concept to many, but focus on your strengths rather than what you perceive as your weaknesses. Be proud of what you create and who you are. Your career in the arts will benefit greatly from this new outlook. The moment you realise that others have just the same struggles and insecurities as you, will be an epiphany. Everyone is in the same position and we should support eachother in the arts, not be envious of a life of another, that we only know about from the outside.

There is only one you, so start living YOUR life.

Win A Pair Of Tickets To ‘How To Win Against History’ At Ovalhouse


New Frantastic View Giveaway!

Win a pair of tickets to the 22nd July performance of How to Win Against History, which will be playing at Ovalhouse from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd July.

The show was originally performed at Ovalhouse as a a FiRST BiTE in 2014. Now presented as a full production, How to Win Against History is a fierce and fabulous costume drama musical about Henry Cyril Paget, the 5th Marquis of Anglesey. Born in 1875, poised to inherit the Empire, Henry instead burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely; blowing his family’s godlike wealth putting on sparkling, diamond-studded plays… with him in them… to which nobody came. When he died, his family burnt every record of his life they could find, and carried on as though he’d never been.

To enter please email your name, contact email and phone number to frantasticview@gmail.com by 4pm on Wednesday 20th July 
Good luck!!

Imprisoned At Barons Court Theatre 


Something Sacred Productions presents:

IMPRISONED

August 16th – September 4th 2016, Barons Court Theatre

Coming to the Barons Court Theatre, Imprisoned is a new pair of plays by writer Marie Hale and directed by Kasia Różycki (Off the Cliff) and Hugh Allison (The Yellowchair Performance Experience). In this double-bill, Hale looks at imprisonment – both practical and emotional.

In Something for the Men, we are in the early 1980s. Stuck in a dead-end job, Vicky shares stories about the disappointments in her life. Life takes an unexpected turn when Lou, an independent woman, contradicts Vicky’s beliefs. Vicky is born at the wrong time, but she soon begins to realise that she can be a person in her own right. In Your Sacrament Divine, Helen advises new inmates on prison life whilst waiting to be taken to the High Court of Justice. Helen has been dealt a bad hand in life, but not even solitary confinement can diminish her strength of character.

Former stand-up comedian Marie Hale has had five monologues and two duologues performed at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge, and a radio play, Stand Up, Young Comedian, on Radio North.
Kasia Różycki trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (MA Directing Classical and Contemporary Text) and Jagiellonian University (BA Hons Drama Studies). Directing credits include: ‘Special Occasions’ (Arcola); ‘The Road Not Taken’ and ‘White Inside’ (Theatre503); ‘Highest Bidder’ and ‘Bronze’ (Tristan Bates); ‘Unconscious Uncouplings’ and ‘The Appointment’ (Arts Theatre), ‘Healing Waters’ (Traverse, Cockpit and RCS). Assistant Directing credits include: ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ (RCS; dir. Bill Wright).

Hugh Allison’s directing credits include a play by J.M. Barrie, one by Anton Chekhov, two inspired by Dickens, three by Shakespeare, and approximately 25 pieces of new writing. Hugh has also directed several pieces for radio, and three short films.

WIN Tickets To ‘American Mozart’ Thomas Nickell Tomorrow At Kings Place


I’m super excited to be offering one of my readers a pair of tickets to hear ‘American Mozart’ Thomas Nickell perform with Orchestra of the Swan tomorrow evening.

Thomas will be performing at King’s Place tomorrow, Saturday 16th July – the concert will include the London premiere of David Matthews’ Piano Concerto, Op. 111. Only 17, Thomas is rapidly garnering praise for his strong interpretations and insightful readings of some of the piano’s most demanding literature.

To enter just email your name and contact email address by 4pm today to frantasticview@gmail.com and I will pick a winner at random.

Good luck!

CLD – The Real Lewis Carroll , A New Musical  

St Columba’s United Reformed Church, Alfred Street, Oxford, OX1 4EH

Thursday 14th July – Saturday 6th August 2016 
Press Night: Friday 15th July, 7pm

CLD – The Real Lewis Carroll tells the real story of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (CLD), the shy young mathematician at Christ Church College, who wrote the ‘Alice’ books as Lewis Carroll.

This ultimate Oxford musical uses his absurd ‘Alice’ characters, text and songs to reveal the tragic story of his love affair with Lorina Liddell – Alice’s mother in real life. Set between 1855 and 1865, this new and exciting musical reveals the relationships between the young bachelor CLD and the Liddell family.

Although CLD was a cleric, and therefore required to remain single and celibate, he fell in love with Lorina Liddell. Henry Liddell was a cold and unsympathetic husband and father who initially turned a blind eye to his wife’s affair as he himself enjoyed a close relationship with Arthur Stanley, a senior member of Christ Church.

Meanwhile CLD enchanted Liddell’s daughters with his stories and was treated as a member of the family.
All this changed when Lorina became pregnant by CLD and Arthur Stanley married. CLD was threatened with expulsion from Christ Church. Liddell finally decreed that CLD could stay on condition that he never had contact with his family again.

CLD suffered a nervous breakdown and never recovered emotionally from these tragic events.
Writer Jane Bramwell comments,

I have been an Alice in Wonderland fan since I was first given the book at the age of eight. When I read more about Carroll, the person who actually interested me was Charles Dodgson. Here, I have tried to write something funny and dramatic which will take the audience back to Carroll again, and prompt them to examine the questions about the real man which so intrigue me.

2015 was the 150th anniversary celebrations of the publication of Alice in Wonderland. A year on, this musical re-opens the Alice doors and explores CLD’s life anew.