Category Archives: Theatre

Discussion/articles related to Theatre production, news and talent.

Becky Sanneh lands leading role of Cinderella in theatre’s pledge to cast more diverse actors

Suffolk’s Theatre Royal has cast 22 year old South Londoner, Becky Sanneh, in the leading role of Cinderella. Becky, who has been acting since childhood never believed she would play a princess in a leading role. “As long as I could remember I just thought I’ll never be the princess. I’ll probably be the sidekick […]

Neurodiversity hands autistic actor his big break in Curious Incident tour

Connor Curren has landed the lead role of the National Theatre tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This is the first time the production has featured an actor with autism in the lead role. He plays Christopher Boone, a 15 year old mathematics ‘genius’ who struggles with social cues and […]

Play gives young people insight on violence against women

Nineteen young people learned about violence against women through a special performance of ‘Maryland’, written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Lucy Kirkwood. Newham Council’s Youth Empowerment Service – part of its Brighter Futures scheme – invited the group of youngsters to see the play which took place at Theatre Royal Stratford East on the International […]

New podcast to share untold stories by women and non-binary people about UK’s diverse communities

Misogyny, racism, abuse and queerness are all addressed in a new podcast A new podcast series from Futures Theatre brings together interviews with marginalised groups and dramatised stories from established and emerging UK writers, telling stories of 30 women and non-binary people from diverse UK communities. Fully Amplified is a seven-part original drama-documentary series exploring […]

Visionary Arts Awarded By The Culture Recovery Fund

We are delighted to announce that the Visionary Arts Foundation are among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. This award will help us produce this year’s Visionary Honours and run our Visionary Impact Programme which supports disadvantaged young adults using artistic platforms […]

The winners of the 2020 Visionary Honours Awards

Scarlette Douglas, Presenter

Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic this year’s event was postponed and replaced by a virtual award ceremony. It still however provided an inspirational and entertaining evening for all those watching from home during lockdown. TV presenter Scarlette Douglas was the host, and delivered the opening monologue on behalf of founder, Adrian Grant: “The Visionary […]

Visionary Honours 2020 shortlist announcement

The second annual Visionary Honours celebrating inspirational culture, media and entertainment takes place on Wednesday 6th May during an online broadcast hosted here and on Facebook Premiere 8pm @VisionaryArtsUK. Below are this year’s nominations: BOOK Crossfire by Malorie Blackman (Penguin) One of the most successful YA authors of all time, Malorie Blackman is the author […]

Vault Festival 2020: 14 fantastic shows to book now

It’s been eight years since the Vault Festival, London’s scrappiest, most sprawling arts festival, began. And this year there are eight whole weeks of it. A ridiculous number of shows are on offer between 28 January and 22 March this year, and you can see everything from new work by new voices to Edinburgh success […]

Modupe Salu on queer female friendship and The Girl with Glitter in her Eye at The Bunker

Hi Modupe. Where are you now? Hi! I am on my bed, I have to point out that it’s a new bed and mattress as the excitement of this is still very real! What were you doing five minutes ago?  I was listening to a new podcast called ‘Modern Love’ which features the popular New […]

Athena Stevens on disabled rights in new show Scrounger and putting language to trauma

Olivier award-nominated writer and performer Athena Stevens has written Scrounger, a no-holds-barred look at Britain’s treatment of people with disabilities. Scrounger is the first show in the Finborough Theatre’s 40th anniversary year, 2020. In October 2015 I was due to take a British Airways flight out of London City Airport, when I was removed from […]