Category Archives: Theatre

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

Black books club: ‘Midnight Robber’ by Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson is an acclaimed Canadian/Jamaican science-fiction writer. Her novel Midnight Robber follows Tan Tan from her privileged life on the Caribbean-colonised planet of Toussaint, to the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree after her father is exiled for committing a terrible crime. Tan Tan must grow up fast if she means to survive in […]

Last Word Theatre presents disabled-led new writing event ‘Access Platform’

Five exciting pieces of writing from five talented, emerging disabled artists will be shown at Vault Festival: Brick Hall – The Vaults, Leake Street I 13-14 March, produced by new company Last Word Theatre which supports new writing from disabled artists. Selected from an open call, Last Word Theatre presents five fresh voices with five fresh new […]

Sherine Chalhie: ‘I aim to explore stories about people from all backgrounds and cultures’

My first show Hijabi Matters is a dramatic comedy that explores identity, culture, family pressure, and forced marriage. Hijabi Matters exposes the fact that forced marriage is happening today in the UK. In 2017 there were over 1000 reported cases of forced marriage in the UK, 25 per cent of which were people under 18. […]

Drag King Lucy Jane Parkinson / LoUis CYfer on starring in Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam: ‘We have removed the shackles from defining what is an entertaining narrative’

Lucy Jane Parkinson - courtesy of Max Zadeh

Lucy Jane Parkinson, aka LoUis CYfer is a British actor and drag king, who encourages conversations about gender binaries through their performance. Lucy has played Joan of Arc in one-person show ‘Joan’, written and directed by Lucy J. Skillbeck for Milk Presents, and performed as part of a cast of four in ‘Bullish’, a retelling of the myth […]

A fertile concept: Fertility Fest 2019 highlights

The world’s first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, reproductive science and modern families will arrive at the Barbican Centre from 23 April  this year. Now in its third year, this event running until 18 May is the only festival shining a light on the struggles and hardship of trying to conceive and doing it […]

The winners of the 2019 Visionary Honours Awards

Awards founder Adrian Grant with Mandla Mandela, Professor Green, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the UK cast of Hamilton and Kevin Hines

A glittering night was enjoyed by all at the inaugural Visionary Honours 2019, held at BAFTA, London, on 8 February, presented by award-winning comedian and actor Lenny Henry. The celebrities appearing on the night included Malorie Blackman, author of the world-famous Noughts and Crosses novels, the multi-talented Strictly Come Dancing star, Death in Paradise and Red […]

Tonderai Munyevu: ‘We need to see people of colour in period plays because we exist, we always have’

Kudzanayi Chiwawa and Ayesha Casley Hayford (Photo credit: Harry Elletson)

Tonderai Munyevu is the co-artistic director of Two Gents Productions, which is staging an all-black, all-female version of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest with Ayesha Casely-Hayford and Kudzanayi Chiwawa playing all the characters. Here he explains why it was important to stage the 19th Century comedy of manners with black, female actors. In […]

Park Theatre announces new BAME initiative: The Prism Project

The Prism Project is a new BAME initiative by the Park theatre.

The Prism Project, specially created to nurture BAME voices on stage was today unveiled by the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park. The project, is spearheaded by Park Theatre’s Administrator Melissa Bonnelame, who said: As a person of colour from North London who is aware of the variety of stories our wonderfully diverse city has to offer, it […]

Will Meghan Markle help create more diversity in the arts?

Percy, Blessing, Sharon, Emily Lim and the Pericles Company with the Duchess of Sussex at the National Theatre (Photo credit: Emilie Bailey)

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, yesterday made her first official visit to the National Theatre after being announced as Patron. The post was previously held by the Queen, a role held by her for nearly 50 years. The Duchess has often stated that she is a strong believer in using the arts to bring […]

Vault Festival co-founder Mat Burt: ‘Vault is a mix of the ridiculously silly with the poignant and breathtaking’

Vault co-founder Mat Burt talks us through why Vault is one of the best festivals in town – and what to see in the coming weeks Vault Festival, London’s largest theatre festival, launches this week. More than 70,000 people attended the festival in 2018 and that figure is expected to rise this year, with a […]