Category Archives: Theatre

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

Eve Leigh: ‘I created a virtual body to bring a very private experience to the public’

Experimental playwright Eve Leigh: the digital body offers a virtual experience for anyone whose body can't make it to the performance© JOHAN PERSSON

Tonight I am not going to the theatre. I’ve been looking forward to the show I’m supposed to be seeing for ages – years, actually, since I first heard about it on Twitter. It’s by an emerging Manchester-based artist with whom I’ve collaborated – I was crossing my fingers that she’d get the funding to […]

Anna Jordan: ‘The decline in pub culture shows a decline in our communities’

Anna Jordan’s play Yen won the Bruntwood Prize 2015 for playwriting. She is also a director and acting tutor. Her show We Anchor In Hope about pub culture runs at The Bunker until 19 October. Writing this play was a real labour of love. I wanted to explore what ‘the pub’ meant in this day […]

Polly Wiseman on ‘Femme Fatale’ and why we need a feminist manifesto for 2019

Polly Wiseman is the writer and performer of Femme Fatale, which tours Sussex 21st September to 3rd October before arriving at The Omnibus Theatre, London on 8th – 28th October. “Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, […]

Spotlight on… Fleabag producer Francesca Moody

Where are you now and what are you doing today? In Edinburgh, in my office/bedroom getting ready to kick off the Fringe 2019. I’ve just emerged from an early morning tech for one of my shows Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd which is on in Roundabout @ Summerhall.  Fleabag. Are you tired of being asked about how […]

Spotlight on… Gillian Dean: ‘Disability discrimination is a far bigger issue in society than non-disabled people realise’

Gillian Dean plays Thomasina in the Red Lion’s upcoming production of Crystal Clear, about a man with diabetes who loses his sight and finds love with a blind woman – Thomasina. Dean is visually impaired and wants to see more blind and visually impaired people’s stories on stage and screen. Here she talks to Visionary […]

12 top shows with a social impact to see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Burgerz Travis Alabanzer’s piece is not brand new, but it’s receiving a long run-up in Edinburgh this year as part of the excellent Traverse Theatre’s season. Burgerz takes its starting point from when someone threw a burger and a transphobic slur at Alabanzer, prompting the performance artist to explore everything they could about the meaty […]

Tim Cowbury: ‘The UK’s asylum system is broken’

The Claim

Tim Cowbury is a playwright and writer based in London. With Jess Latowicki, he established theatrical company Made in China in 2009 along has now written his first solo production called The Claim about asylum claims in the UK. Accompanied by wraparound activities designed with organisations like UNESCO, such as the I Am Just My Words […]

Spotlight on… Mika Johnson on exploring masculinity and lesbianism for Black womxn: ‘I want the next generation of queer kids to know that we’ve always been here’

Pink Lemonade Mika Johnson

Mika Johnson’s Pink Lemonade is a multi-disciplinary solo show, exploring masculinity and lesbianism in Black womxn. Fusing spoken word, bashment, original sound and movement, Pink Lemonade deconstructs micro-aggressions and explores the discourse around the fetishism of Black and Brown bodies. It comes to the Edinburgh Fringe this year as part of HighTide and Assembly’s Disruption […]

Spotlight on… Sarah Kosar

Sarah Kosar is an American playwright living in London. She has been a part of The Royal Court Young Writers Programme, The Soho Young Writers Lab, Lyric Young Writers Programme, and an Associate Writer with the Hampstead Theatre. Her previous plays include Hotdog and Mumburger. Her latest play, Armadillo is about guns in America. The […]

How to… become a world-famous cabaret star by Bernie Dieter

Bernie Dieter is the star of The Little Death Club, currently at Underbelly Southbank

I was born in Köln, Germany and I have always had a fascination with Kabarett ever since I was 16 and ran away to Berlin to live above a drag club. My Oma (my grandma) is one of my biggest inspirations as her family owned a circus in Germany just before the war, and when […]