National Theatre announces new exhibition RONAN MCKENZIE: PHOTOGRAPHS

Ronan McKenzie: Photographs

Inspired by Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Helen Edmundson’s adaption for the National Theatre, photographer Ronan McKenziehas been commissioned by the National Theatre to respond to the post war journeys undertaken by Caribbean men and women between 1948 -1971. Photographed in Leigh-on-Sea on the shores of the Thames estuary, McKenzie’s documentary style images subtly connect ideas of seascapes, water, arrivals and new beginnings to Levy’s Small Island.

Ronan McKenzie said: “For me this series represents the multiplicity and diversity in experiences of Caribbean immigrants, that begun in 1948 with the arrival of the Empire Windrush. Both being islands, The Caribbean and United Kingdom are linked by water, which inspired the artistic direction for the series. Similarly, immigration and personal journeys are sentiments that many people can relate to on a number of levels, and the clusters of people within my images aim to depict the connection between many of these stories.”

Curated by Natasha Bonnelame, the exhibition takes water as a central theme reflected not only in terms of the location but also in the colour of the textiles and the intricate finger waves of the hairstyles. Beautifully crafted shots of individuals are grouped with images of the collective, an important and significant detail in the development of the African Caribbean experience in the UK. The subjects in the photographs are all theatre makers living in or around London today.

Natasha Bonnelame said: “The majority of Windrush images are of young men, but women were there too. They were defiant and purposeful. We see this in Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Ronan McKenzie’s considered and arresting images centre the women in the collective. This is both important and necessary.”

Related Talks and Events

Caribbean Women’s Diaspora: Calling the West Indies Sat 18 May 2019, 2pm

The Stuart Hall Project (film screening) Mon 20 May 2019, 6.30pm

A New Beacon: Caribbean Artists Movement Thu 23 May 2019, 6.30pm

Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical announced as 2019 Liverpool Playhouse Christmas production To:

Miracle on 34th Street
  • Gemma Bodinetz to direct musical based on the classic Christmas film
  • Runs from 7 December to 4 January 2019
  • Features classic Christmas songs including It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • Tickets are priced at £10-£40 and on sale from 12pm on Monday 29 April

 To mark exactly eight months until Christmas Day, the Playhouse have announced magical musical Miracle on 34th Street as their 2019 festive production.

Directed by Everyman & Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz, Meredith Willson’s adaptation for the stage is based on the 1947 film written by George Seaton that was re-made for screen in 1994.

Featuring timeless festive songs like It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like ChristmasMiracle on 34th Street: The Musical is a twinkling seasonal treat for the whole family.

In a bustling New York, six-year-old Susan and her mother celebrate a Christmas of common sense. No whispers, no secrets, just cold hard facts wrapped in paper destined for the bin.

As the city’s cash tills ring out their money-making chimes and shoppers join a race that lasts from Thanksgiving until New Year, an old bearded gentleman turns their rational world – and the city’s cut-throat commercial spirit – upside down.

Gemma Bodinetz, artistic director at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, said: “Over my years as artistic director I have really loved directing musicals and we have discovered our audiences really enjoy watching them.

“This year at the Playhouse we are celebrating Christmas with sparkle, song and Santa with the festive favourite Miracle on 34th Street. I can’t wait to bring a little magic to Liverpool with a show that I think will delight the whole family.”

As part of their Christmas celebrations, the Playhouse will be working closely with Radio City and other partners to bring a little magic to the city centre this Christmas.

 Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical runs from 7 December 2019 to 4 January 2020. Tickets are on sale from 12pm on Monday 29 April and prices range from £10 to £40. Discounted tickets for people under 26 are also available via our Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) membership scheme.

 Once again the Playhouse’s Christmas production will have British Sign Language, captioned and audio described performances. The production will also include an autism friendly/relaxed performance.

 For more information visit www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-on or call Box Office on 0151 709 4776.


Latest casting for Festival 2019 at Chichester Festival Theatre

Hedda Tesman

Haydn Gwynne will play the title role in Hedda Tesman

 In Plenty, Rory Keenan plays Raymond Brock opposite Rachael Stirling as Susan Traherne, with Anthony Calf and Yolanda Kettle also joining the company

 Bronté Barbé, Isaac Gryn, Emmanuel Kojo and Scott Karim join the company of Oklahoma!

 Denise Black and Matthew Cottle among the full cast confirmed for The Deep Blue Sea

Further casting is announced today for Festival 2019 at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Haydn Gwynne will make her Chichester debut in the title role of HEDDA TESMAN by Cordelia Lynn, after Henrik Ibsen. Holly Race Roughan directs this co-production with Headlong and The Lowry, running at the Minerva Theatre from 30 August – 28 September.

Among Haydn Gwynne’s many notable roles are Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (West End and Broadway), Margaret Thatcher in The Audience (West End), Mrs Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Volumnia in Coriolanus (RSC) and Lady Wishfort in The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse), while her innumerable TV series include Peak Practice, Mersey Beat, Dalziel and Pasco, Rome, Drop the Dead Donkey and The Windsors.

Following its Chichester run, Hedda Tesman will play at The Lowry, Salford Quays from 3 – 19 October.

In David Hare’s PLENTYRory Keenan will play Raymond Brock opposite the previously announced Rachael Stirling as Susan Traherne. Kate Hewitt’s new production runs at the Festival Theatre from 7 – 29 June. Last seen at Chichester in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me in 2015, Rory Keenan’s recent work includes Long Day’s Journey Into Night (West End and New York), Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse) and Liola (National Theatre), while television includes Versailles, Peaky Blinders and War and Peace.

Anthony Calf (as Sir Leonard Darwin) and Yolanda Kettle (Alice Park) both return to Chichester following 2015’s For Services Rendered; also in the Plenty cast are Micah Balfour, Alan Booty, Raphael Desprez, Gemma Dobson, Philippe Edwards, Louise Mai Newberry, Macy Nyman, Nick Sampson, Rupert Young and Ozzie Yue.

In Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!, which Jeremy Sams directs in the Festival Theatre from 15 July – 7 September, the full company has been confirmed to join Josie Lawrence (Aunt Eller), Amara Okereke (Laurey) and Hyoie O’Grady (Curly). Making their Chichester debuts are Bronté Barbé (Beautiful, Over the Rainbow) as Ado Annie, Isaac Gryn (Bugsy Malone) as Will Parker and Emmanuel Kojo (Show Boat, Girl From The North Country) as Jud Fry, while Scott Karim (The Country Wife, Young Marx) returns to play Ali Hakim. The company is completed by Michelle Andrews, Georgie Ashford, Lindsay Atherton, Imogen Bailey, Jeremy Batt, Alex Christian, Nicolas Colicos, Christopher Dickins, Paige Fenlon, Alyn Hawke, Bethany Huckle, Emily Langham, Michael Lin, Rory Shafford, Jak Skelly, Rhys West and Anna Woodside.

Casting is also complete for Terence Rattigan’s THE DEEP BLUE SEA, which Paul Foster directs in the Minerva from 21 June – 27 July. Joining Nancy Carroll, Hadley Fraser and Gerald Kyd are Denise Black as Mrs Elton, Matthew Cottle as Mr Miller, Ralph Davis, Helena Wilson and Laurence Ubong Williams.