Entries by Carl Woodward

An incomplete guide to mainstream

After a week of discussion around mainstream, this afternoon I have taken the step of shifting the Mainstream Level to Critical status. I was having trouble getting my head around what exactly this whole mainstream ‘thing’ is. Then it twigged. People cannot conceive of detachment as being part of artistic appreciation: this criticism is practical, […]

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Chris Sonnex, Royal Court: Is it possible to engineer social change using theatre as a medium?

Interview with  Chris Sonnex : Tottenham and Pimlico Residencies at The Royal Court Theatre as a weapon of revolution Chris Sonnex has come back from the jungle and is clearly unsettled. How did the Royal Court’s Community Producer come to be in Calais? When we meet, recent clashes between police and migrants have erupted, after […]

Mark Wheeller Interview: “The arts have a general thing of surviving no matter what… as well as a good thing that can be a bad thing… as with or without funding arts will thrive… because people enjoy participation.”

Mark Wheeller is a writer and part time Executive Director of Arts at the Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill and director of the Oasis Youth Theatre. Although his name is not well-known outside of schools and colleges, he is one of the most-performed playwrights in Britain. He is a champion of young people’s work and theatre in education […]

Theatre Critics To Teach On New Degree Module At Chichester University

Calling all wannabe theatre critics! Check out the University of Chichester’s unique new module on its BA Musical Theatre degree course. The module, entitled Musical Theatre Critique and Arts Journalism, is the first of its kind in the UK. Designed to help develop your analytical skills by writing about plays and theatre productions in a constructive […]

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Derby Theatre, Sarah Brigham Interview: “It’s vital that every young person is given access to high quality arts experiences and able to realise their own creativity.”

Sarah Brigham  is Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Derby Theatre. Sarah is a powerhouse. Previously the Artistic Director at The Point, Eastleigh, and The Berry Theatre, where she  developed a unique programme of support for established and emerging artists. Amazing.  We had a discussion about life in general and more. See below. Hello! You are a […]

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Brian Logan, Camden People’s Theatre Interview: “it seems the stars are aligning nicely for people who make performance in unexpected ways.”

Camden People’s Theatre is a performance space in a former pub, with a dynamic programme supporting new writing and innovative productions. I had a chat-slash-interview with Brian Logan, CTP’s Artistic Director. Here’s how it unfolded… Hello Brian. Camden’s People Theatre is very good isn’t it. Hello Carl. Thanks for saying so. We try to be […]

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Labels, Joe Sellman-Leava Interview: “There needs to be greater diversity in the arts – in all senses of the word.”

Worklight Theatre’s award winning show, Labels is going on a UK Tour. The show draws on writer and performer, Joe Sellman-Leava’s mixed heritage to explore racism, immigration and displacement. I had a chat with Joe. See below. What’s the point of this UK Tour of Labels? We want to engage more people with the show and the […]

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New Diorama Theatre, David Byrne interview: “Everything we’re offering is directly set up to meet a need that our artists have.”

The New Diorama Theatre is an 80 seat theatre just off Regent’s Park in London. NDT is champion for the development and support of emerging and established theatre companies. The Artistic & Executive Director at New Diorama Theatre is a man named David Byrne. He has just launched an pioneering Artist Development Programme which includes a cash-fund that is funded by booking […]

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Review)

The Mayflower So, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang… The stage version of the iconic 1968 British film is not awful. The much-loved songs by Sherman Brothers and the sensational sets coupled with stunning special effects make for an entertaining experience. Oh, and there is a flying car. The whole thing is efficiently directed by James Brining, Simon Higlett’s design […]