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The story of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours comes to Edinburgh with a touch of magic

Creating Rumours:
 Creating Rumours:


Creating Rumours:

Creating Rumours by Emma Summerton charts the members of Fleetwood Mac at their most turbulent and most brilliant. As the band compose ‘the perfect album’, the imperfections of their own relationships start seeping through, and music history is made.

‘Engaging, intimate and thoughtful’. 8/10  – Impact Nottingham

Strangers: Pairs by multi-award winning magician Joe Strickland combines theatre and magic like you’ve never seen before. Three stories – a pair of lone survivors on a desert island, a brother and sister sifting through memories, two magicians preparing an act – appear to have no connection, but, of course, everything is not as it seems… This anthology piece is a play with an undercurrent of magic and mystery. Strickland Productions is dedicated to the reinvention of magic shows, incorporating tricks into dramatic narratives.

‘Fresh, imaginative, and thought provoking’ – The Scotsman

‘First and foremost, Strangers stands out as a well-delivered piece of conventional theatre… but it’s still triumphant proof of the creative potential of magic and theatre combined’ **** – FringeGuru

Strangers: Mindreader by Joe Strickland presents a magic show disguised as a monologue. Let us introduce you to a man who can do the impossible. Are his bizarre abilities genuine? Or is the truth stranger than fiction? After two successful previous years, Strangers returns to the Edinburgh Festival with a character who can read minds and tell the future; uniquely blending magic and theatre.

‘This theatrical magic show is ‘super [and] subversive’ – The Scotsman

‘Executed to perfection… Strickland is an excellent actor’ **** – FringeGuru

Listings Information

Ticketing website: www.tickets.edfringe.com

Box office: 0131 557 2124

 

Creating Rumours:

Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209)

3rd, 6th-11th August

4:10pm

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)

 

Strangers: Pairs

Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209)

4th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th August

4:10pm

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)

 

Strangers: Mindreader

Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209)

5th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 25th August

4:10pm

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)

 

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“Chemo Barbie” Edinburgh Fringe 2018!

Chemo Barbie
Chemo Barbie

Chemo Barbie

Heather Keller shares the remarkable, heartbreaking and even comical story of her journey through breast cancer in an award-winning solo show with new material! 
 
LOS ANGELES  In 2016, Heather Kellers world was rocked by a breast cancer diagnosis. Overnight, she went from being a healthy, vegan runner to a cancer patient and since then her life has been and continues to be an inspiring journey of growth filled with love, friendships, disappointments, betrayals and yes, even some humor. 
 
Keller shares this experience in her solo show Chemo Barbie: My Lady Bits Journey Through Breast Cancer, which made its world premiere last June as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. 
 
Chemo Barbie is an inspiring story told with painful honesty, comedic charm and tear-jerking dignity that takes you into the mind of a cancer patient from diagnosis to treatment. Keller shows what a patient goes through from doctor meetings, testing, treatments and peoples reactions around them. It shows the strength and support that develops with some friends and family while others shy away or leave altogether. Crafted from Heathers hand written journals, videos, texts, emails, storytelling and an online chronicling of her experience, Chemo Barbie is a show spoken and performed from the heart that tells the gritty, funny, heartbreaking and uplifting journey of a young woman conquering cancer while living life as normal as possible. 
 
When I was diagnosed, I had insane decisions to make, difficult things to choose, Keller said. I survived and I’m trying to do something positive from a negative. 
 
Since its debut, which earned a Fringe Encore Award, Keller has added some new material, including a section on her most recent scare with possible metastatic breast cancer and serving as foster parents with her husband. Offering perspective and inspiring others is ultimately Kellers goal with the show. The idea for a solo show came from the journals she kept during her treatment and a private online journal she shared with family and friends. Keller also recorded video of certain key moments in the process and posted it on the YouTube channel Keep Abreast with Heather.”  
 
A sketch writer for Upright Citizens Brigade and the Groundlings as well as an accomplished actress, Keller later performed a couple monologues from her experience at WeSpark Cancer Support Centre, as well as other places. Soon, others were asking to hear more of her experience. Working with her director Jessica Lynn Johnson, Keller started to experience a catharsis in putting a show together based on her experience and a joy in the knowledge that it could help others. 
 
I’m so proud and excited to have been invited to Edinburgh and into the largest arts festival in the World. Keller said. It’s because of so much love and support from family and friends that Chemo Barbie has been so wonderfully successful! I love being around positive, supportive, productive, talented folks. 
 
Chemo Barbie 
Written and performed by Heather Keller 
Directed by: Jessica Lynn Johnson 
 
SYNOPSIS: 
Chemo Barbie is an inspiring story told with painful honesty, comedic charm and tear-jerking dignity that takes you into the mind of a cancer patient from diagnosis to treatment. Artist Heather Keller shows what a patient goes through from doctor meetings, testing, treatments and peoples reactions around them. It shows the strength and support that develops with some friends and family while others shy away or leave altogether. Crafted from Heathers hand written journals, videos, texts, emails, storytelling and an online chronicling of her experience, Chemo Barbie is a show spoken and performed from the heart that tells the gritty, funny, heartbreaking and uplifting journey of a young woman conquering cancer while living life as normal as possible. 
 
THE GILDED BALLOON : BALCONY
Teviot Square
1-27 ( not 19) August 2018 at 1.30pm
Twitter  @ChemoBarbieShow
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First Look: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child new West End cast character portraits 

The Granger-Weasleys, l-r Nicola Alexis (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley) and Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Photo by Charlie Gray
The Potters, l-r Susie Trayling (Ginny Potter), Joe Idris-Roberts (Albus Potter) and Jamie Ballard (Harry Potter), Photo by Charlie Gray

The Potters, l-r Susie Trayling (Ginny Potter), Joe Idris-Roberts (Albus Potter) and Jamie Ballard (Harry Potter), Photo by Charlie Gray

Ahead of the new cast’s first performance at London’s Palace Theatre on Wednesday (23 May 2018), the Producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child release a first-look set of portraits by Charlie Gray.

Seen in character for the first time are Jamie Ballard as Harry Potter, Susie Trayling as Ginny Potter, Nicola Alexis as Hermione Granger, Joe Idris-Roberts as Albus Potter and Jonathan Case as Scorpius Malfoy.  They are joined by Thomas Aldridge as Ron Weasley, Helen Aluko as Rose Granger-Weasley and James Howard as Draco Malfoy.

The Granger-Weasleys, l-r Nicola Alexis (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley) and Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Photo by Charlie Gray

The Granger-Weasleys, l-r Nicola Alexis (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley) and Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Photo by Charlie Gray

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John TiffanyHarry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe and casting by Julia Horan CDG.\

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.  The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in June 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London.

The Malfoys, l-r James Howard (Draco Malfoy) and Jonathan Case (Scorpius Malfoy), photo by Charlie Gray

The Malfoys, l-r James Howard (Draco Malfoy) and Jonathan Case (Scorpius Malfoy), photo by Charlie Gray

Since its premiere, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won twenty-four major British theatre awards including the Evening Standard Best Play Award as well as a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards – including Best New Play and Best Director – the most awarded production in the history of the Oliviers. The Broadway production officially opened to equal critical acclaim at the Lyric Theatre last month and has subsequently received numerous Broadway accolades, including ten Tony Award nominations, eight Drama Desk Award nominations, three Drama League Award nominations and is the winner of six Outer Critics Circle awards.  In early 2019 the Australian production will open at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.

 

 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman ProductionsColin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

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Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka by Sophie Winter to run as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka
Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka

Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka

Devised and performed by Sophie Winter

‘**** The Scotsman Top Rated Show Edinburgh Fringe 2016

**** ‘It’s truthful, it’s moving and, like Anneka, it never loses its resilient, funny and upbeat perspective….A delight’  Broadway Baby

**** ‘I implore you to go and see it. It will open your eyes.’ Arts Award Voice

**** ‘a real joy to experience.’ Edinburgh 49

The show runs as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival; it will also be performed at The Bunker, London from 29th May – 9th June 19:00 (excl. Mondays; Matinee on Saturday and Sundays at 15:00)

Inspired by real-life stories, deviser and performer Sophie Winter dons a luminescent shell suit, bum bag and sparkly positive attitude to channel the spirit of the woman for whom no challenge is too big in a continuing effort to overcome her own challenge: the anxiety she has lived with for fifteen years. This one-woman show, made with input from Anneka Rice, the creator and star of the hit 90s TV series Challenge Anneka, presents a frank, funny and open exploration of a topic that often remains taboo. Theatre company on the button have been working with Anxiety UK and #itaffectsme to raise awareness about the mental health disorder that affects 1 in 6 people every year.

As well as using her own experiences, Sophie has drawn inspiration from interviews with other people with anxiety.

Challenge Anneka was a BBC series aired between 1989 and 1995 that saw presenter Anneka Rice travelling around the country in a signature blue truck completing charitable tasks, such as building a children’s play area, within a set number of days, persuading people to donate time and resources for free to succeed.

After a full run at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, on the button toured the show to secondary schools, running workshops exploring mental health for students in Year 8 and above.

Sophie said, “Anxiety affects me in different ways, but in particular taking public transport can be a nightmare; it can lead to epic, exhausting treks that then add to my anxiety. I’ve had anxiety for the past 15 years, which still seems like quite a big thing to say. It’s amazing how many people I’ve spoken to have said ‘Wow! I had no idea!’ And I guess that’s the point about making the show: partly to encourage people to talk more about their anxiety and partly to help people understand it better. I wanted to make sure that the show was fun and accessible for everyone, and I suddenly thought of Challenge Anneka; I absolutely loved the programme when I was a kid, and I thought that Anneka was incredible at staying calm in situations that were super stressful. So as well as making the show more fun, channelling Anneka makes it easier to talk about my anxiety.”

on the button make theatre that moves. They are drawn to stories that go unheard: people who are ignored, voices of dissent, perspectives which are new to them. Their show No Place Like appeared at ZOO at the Fringe and won Best Ensemble at The Mimetic Festival 2013, and The Overcoat was nominated for best new play at the Buxton Fringe in 2012.

Performer-deviser Sophie Winter is a London based theatre maker and musician who graduated from the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in 2011. Her credits include working with Red Handed Theatre Company, Upstart Theatre, Ice and Fire Theatre Company and Forest Forge Theatre. As a director she has worked with Longborough Festival Opera and Yellow Earth Theatre. Sophie also works closely with Some Voices, an 800 strong choir, who she conducts and sings with professionally.

Director-deviser Ben Hadley is a theatre-maker – director, performer, writer – and co-artistic director of on the button with Sophie. He trained at the Lecoq School. He recently worked as a performer for Potential Difference and Concert Theatre. His recent work includes movement direction and dramaturgy for experimental choir Musarc, and as well as solo projects Camberwell Palace and iou1.

on the button have been working with #itaffectsme, an initiative to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health which has reached 3.5 million people worldwide. As well as using her own experiences, deviser and performer Sophie Winter has drawn inspiration from interviews with other people with anxiety.

For more information on #itaffectsme, visit www.itaffectsme.co.uk

‎@on_thebutton | onthebuttontheatre.org

Running Time: 60 minutes | Suitable for ages 12+

Company Information

Devised and performed by Sophie Winter

Directed and co-devised by Ben Hadley

Lighting design by Jamie Platt

Sound design by Jon McLeod

Film- maker Matt Stacey

Developed with researchers from University College London

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The Unknown Soldier returns for 5 performances only at the Assembly Rooms

The Unknown Soldier - Ross Ericson
The Unknown Soldier - Ross Ericson

The Unknown Soldier – Ross Ericson

A thought provoking, moving, and even humorous solo piece that brings to life this little known period at the end of World War One – looking at the conflict through the eyes of a man who has stayed on after the guns fell silent to help clear the battlefields and build the great cemeteries.

In the Centenary year of the end of the First World War the hit 2016 Edfringe sell-out show The Unknown Soldier returns for 5 performances only at the Assembly Rooms.

‘Do I need to see another World War One play?’ one critic asked writer and performer Ross Ericson. ‘I know what he meant,’ Ericson said, ‘I very nearly shelved the idea.  If it wasn’t for that idiot Gove going on about how we should celebrate the First World War as a great victory the play might not have seen the light of day.  But I am glad it did for I believe this is a fresh approach from a very different perspective, which tells a story you might not have heard before.’ And what did the doubtful critic think of it in the end?  Well we think he liked it – he gave it five stars.

The Unknown Soldier has received much acclaim, from critics and audiences alike, and after its success at Edinburgh Festival Fringe it has gone on to tour nationally and internationally, and has been published by Bloomsbury.

If you don’t ever want to see another WW1 play, then you want to see *this* WW1 play. Superb! 

★★★★★ Fringe Guru

Unmissable… [this play] has so much relevance in today’s society

★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine

 Powered by a magnificent solo performance from Ross Ericson

★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

 An exemplary piece of solo theatre. It can certainly hold its head up among the best of war stories★★★★★ TVBomb

 An original perspective… poignant and thought-provoking

 ★★★★The Independent

 “It’s not about glory or futility, it’s about the loyalty forged between friends.”

 ★★★★The Scotsman

 “You won’t be disappointed”
OUTSTANDING SHOW FringeReview

Full casting announced for The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Merry Wives Of Windsor

Royal Shakespeare Company

Full casting is announced for The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Fiona Laird who will also compose the music, and designed by Lez Brotherston.

Previews begin in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on the 4 August 2018, with the ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ cinema broadcast on the 12 September 2018The Merry Wives of Windsor will then transfer to London’s Barbican Theatre along with Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…

As previously announced RSC Associate Artist David Troughton returns to the Company as Sir John Falstaff, following his recent title role in Titus Andronicus and Gloucester in King Lear.

Joining him as the ‘Merry Wives’ are Beth Cordingly as Mistress Ford, who plays Escalus in this season’s production of Romeo and Juliet, having previously been part of the RSC Swan season in 2015. Playing Mistress Page is Rebecca Lacey, best known for TV roles including Irene Stuart in Monarch of the Glen and as Dr. George Woodman in Casualty. Her theatre credits include Broken Glass (Watford Palace Theatre) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (National Theatre/West End).

The full cast includes: David Acton (Sir Hugh Evans); Afolabi Alli (Pistol); Stevie Basaula (company); Ishia Bennison (Mistress Quickly); Katy Brittain (The Hostess of the Garter); Beth Cordingly (Mistress Ford); Jonathan Cullen (Dr Caius); Paul Dodds (George Page); Josh Finan (Nym); Karen Fishwick(Anne Page); Charlotte Josephine (Bardolph); Rebecca Lacey (Mistress Page); Vince Leigh (Frank Ford); John Macaulay (Simple); Luke Newberry (Fenton); Tom Padley (Slender); Sakuntala Ramanee (company); Tim Samuels (Shallow); Nima Taleghani (company) and David Troughton (Sir John Falstaff).

The Merry Wives of Windsor is directed by Fiona Laird and designed by Lez Brotherston with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Gregory Clarke. Music is by Fiona Laird.

Royal Court Theatre announces cast for One For Sorrow, written by Cordelia Lynn and directed by James Macdonald

Photo: Kitty Archer, Pearl Chanda, Neil Dudgeon, Irfan Shamji and Sarah Woodward
 Photo: Kitty Archer, Pearl Chanda, Neil Dudgeon, Irfan Shamji and Sarah Woodward


Photo: Kitty Archer, Pearl Chanda, Neil Dudgeon, Irfan Shamji and Sarah Woodward

Kitty Archer, Pearl Chanda, Neil Dudgeon, Irfan Shamji and Sarah Woodward have been cast in the world premiere of One For Sorrow, by Cordelia Lynn. It is directed by James Macdonald. The production runs Wednesday 20 June 2018 – Saturday 11 August 2018 with press performances at 7pm Tuesday 26 June 2018 and 7.45pm Wednesday 27 June 2018. The reviews are embargoed until 11.59pm Wednesday 27 June 2018.

“You’ve endangered us. You’ve endangered your family.”

During an attack on London, 20 year old Imogen joins a campaign offering refuge to victims. Before her family have even had a chance to have a reasonable discussion, John is at their door.

He is different to them. He isn’t what they expected. And although they’d never admit it to themselves, he isn’t necessarily what they want.

 “You will do anything, in the end, to keep the people you love safe.”

Full listings and biography information below.

Cordelia Lynn (Writer)

For the Royal Court: Lela & Co.

Other theatre includes: Best Served Cold (Vault Festival); Believers Anonymous (Rosemary Branch); After the War (UK & International tour).

Opera includes: Miranda (Opera Comique, Paris); The White Princess (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, France); you’ll drown, dear (Manifest, Centquatre, Paris).

Cordelia was part of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme in 2012 and was the recipient of the 2017 Pinter Commission.

 James Macdonald (Director)

For the Royal Court: The Children (& MTC/Broadway), Escaped Alone (& BAM, NYC), The Wolf from the Door, Circle Mirror Transformation, Love & Information (& NYTW), Cock (& Duke, NYC), Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? (& Public, NYC), Dying City (& Lincoln Center, NYC), Fewer Emergencies, Lucky Dog, Blood, Blasted, 4.48 Psychosis (& St Ann’s Warehouse, NYC/US & European tours), Hard Fruit, Real Classy Affair, Cleansed, Bailegangaire, Harry & Me, Simpatico, Peaches, Thyestes, Hammett’s Apprentice, The Terrible Voice of Satan, Putting Two & Two Together.

Other theatre includes: John, Dido Queen of Carthage, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Exiles (National); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Father, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Changing Room (West End); The Tempest, Roberto Zucco (RSC); Wild, And No More Shall We Part, #aiww – The Arrest of Ai Weiwei (Hampstead); The Father (Theatre Royal Bath/Tricycle); Bakkhai, A Delicate Balance, Judgment Day, The Triumph of Love (Almeida); Roots (Donmar); The Chinese Room (Williamstown Festival); Cloud Nine (Atlantic, NYC); A Number (NYTW); King Lear, The Book of Grace (Public, NYC); Top Girls (MTC/Broadway); John Gabriel Borkman (Abbey, Dublin/BAM, NYC); Troilus und Cressida, Die Kopien (Schaubuehne, Berlin); 4.48 Psychose (Burgtheater, Vienna); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Richard II (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Rivals (Nottingham Playhouse); The Crackwalker (Gate); The Seagull (Crucible, Sheffield); Miss Julie (Oldham Coliseum); Juno & the Paycock, Ice Cream/Hot Fudge, Romeo & Juliet, Fool for Love, Savage/Love, Master Harold & the Boys (Contact, Manchester); Prem (BAC/Soho Poly).

Opera includes: A Ring A Lamp A Thing (Linbury); Eugene Onegin, Rigoletto (Welsh National Opera); Die Zauberflöte (Garsington); Wolf Club Village, Night Banquet (Almeida Opera); Oedipus Rex, Survivor from Warsaw (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Hallé); Lives of the Great Poisoners (Second Stride).

Film includes: A Number.

James was an Associate and Deputy Director at the Royal Court for 14 years and was also a NESTA fellow from 2003 to 2006.

 Kitty Archer (Cast)

One For Sorrow is Kitty’s professional stage debut.

 Pearl Chanda (Cast)

Theatre includes: Ink (Almeida/ West End); Julie (Northern Stage Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield, Southampton); The Angry Brigade (Bush); Crave, 4.48 Psychosis (Crucible, Sheffield); Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC); Godchild (Hampstead); The Seagull (Headlong).

Film includes: The Final Haunting, Mr Turner.

TV includes: Motherland, Endeavour, Arthur and George, Holby City.

 Neil Dudgeon (Cast)

For the Royal Court: Bliss, Fewer Emergencies, Mountain Language/Ashes to Ashes, Blasted, Waiting Room Germany, Talking in Tongues, No One Sees the Video, Road, Shirley.
Other theatre includes: The Homecoming (Almeida); Closer, Yerma, School for Wives (National);
The Importance of Being Earnest, Richard II (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Crackwalker (Gate); Miss Julie (Oldham Coliseum); The Next Best Thing (Nuffield, Southampton); The Daughter in Law (Bristol Old Vic); Colliers Friday Night (Greenwich); The Changeling, School for Scandal (Cambridge).
Television includes: United, Midsomer Murders, Nativity, Life of Riley, Kingdom, Survivors, Silent Witness, Coming Down the Mountain, Roman’s Empire, Sorted, The Street, The Lavender List, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Plan Man, Murder in Mind, Dirty Tricks, Messiah, Mrs Bradley Mysteries, Four Fathers, Tom Jones, The Gift, Our Boy, Breakout, Out of the Blue, The All New Alexei Sayle Show, Common as Muck, Fatherland, Touch of Frost, Sharpes Eagles, Nice Town, Between the Lines, Resnick.
Film includes: Son of Rambow, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Breathtaking, Crossing the Border, Revolver, Fools of Fortune, Red King White Knight, Prick up Your Ears.
Awards include: Monte Carlo Television Award for Best Actor for Single Film (The Gift).

Irfan Shamji (Cast)

Theatre includes: Mayfly (Orange Tree); Weathered (Southwark); Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company).

Television includes: It’s Me Sugar, Informer.

Film includes: Red Joan, Murder on the Orient Express.

 Sarah Woodward (Cast)

For the Royal Court: Love & Information, Jumpy, Presence, Built on Sand.
Other theatre includes: Quiz, London Assurance (Chichester Festival/West End); Nell Gwynn (& West End), The Merry Wives of Windsor (& US tour), Richard II, The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing (Globe); This House, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Tom & Clem, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (West End); Bracken Moor (Tricycle); The Cherry Orchard, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Present Laughter, Wild Oats, The Sea (National); Snake in the Grass (Print Room); Judgment Day, The Rape of Lucrece (Almeida); Rookery Nook (Menier Chocolate Factory); Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Arms & the Man (Regent’s Park Open Air); Woman in Mind (Salisbury Playhouse); The Real Thing (& West End/Broadway), Habeus Corpus (Donmar); The Tempest, Love Labour’s Lost, The Venetian Twins, Murder in the Cathedral, Henry V, Camille, Hamlet, Richard III, Red Noses (RSC); Artist Descending a Staircase (King’s Head/West End); Angleus, From Morning Till Night (Soho Poly); Talk of the Devil (Bristol Old Vic); The Winter’s Tale (Birmingham Rep).

Television includes: Endeavour, Outnumbered, The Prime Minister’s Husband, Loving Miss Hatto, The Politician’s Husband, DCI Banks: Aftermath, Law & Order, Kingdom, Hear the Silence, Final Demand, Doctors, The Bill, Casualty, Gems, Poirot, New Tricks.
Film includes: Bright Young Things, I Capture the Castle, Doctor Sleep, The House of Angelo.
Awards include: Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress (Tom & Clem); Shakespeare’s Globe Classic Award for The Tempest; Clarence Derwent Award for Artist Descending a Staircase.

 Listings Information:

One For Sorrow
Written by Cordelia Lynn

Directed by James Macdonald

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Wednesday 20 June 2018 – Saturday 11 August 2018
Monday – Saturday
 7.45pm

Thursday & Saturday matinees 3pm
Captioned Performance Saturday 28 July 2018, 3pm.

Press Performances 7pm Tuesday 26 June 2018 and 7.45pm Wednesday 27 June 2018. The reviews are embargoed until 11.59pm Wednesday 27 June 2018.
Standard Tickets £25 (Mondays all seats £12 available from 9am online on the day of performance)
First Look Tickets** £20
Concessions* £5 off top two prices (available in advance for previews and all matinees)

Under 26s £15 (available in advance for previews and all matinees)
Access £15 (plus a companion at the same rate)
*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.

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Provocative, funny, confronting – Soho Theatre’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme 2018

Underground Railroad Game. Photo by Ben Arons
Natalie Palamides: NATE. Photo by Nick Rasmussen

Natalie Palamides: NATE. Photo by Nick Rasmussen

‘Soho Theatre is back at the world’s biggest arts festival with unheard voices from across the globe. Class, gender and identity pulses through the heart of the work with these entertaining and truly live artists from around the world. From Cork to New York, we have it covered from the newest of angles.’ Steve Marmion, Artistic Director

Underground Railroad Game. Photo by Ben Arons

Underground Railroad Game. Photo by Ben Arons

From the most provocative new theatre to cabaret that confronts and comedy that takes home the Festival’s biggest prize, Soho Theatre’s Edinburgh Fringe has always been an exceptional offering of some of the most talked about talent from within and beyond UK’s borders. This year will be no different as we present a programme of 15 new shows by award winners and nominees alongside exciting festival debutantes from around the world.

OBIE Award Winner for Best New American Theatre Work, Underground Railroad Game, is a no holds barred look at race, sex and power politics in America. A poignant yet explosive exploration of one of the most toxic of American legacies; a playful teaching exercise which throws off its disguise to become a theatrical firecracker.First produced in New York by the award-winning theatre Ars Nova, the play will have its UK premiere at the Traverse immediately followed by a run at Soho Theatre’s Dean Street home.

Le Gateau Chocolat: ICONS. Photo by Eli Schmidt

Le Gateau Chocolat: ICONS. Photo by Eli Schmidt

Shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s biennial Verity Bargate Award, award-winning writer and performer Karen Cogan’s Drip Feed is a fast new, infectiously dark comedy about the messiness of being young, female and queer in Ireland. Though set in the 90s this is a story marked by issues demanding consideration in Ireland 2018: sexuality, intimacy, addiction and mental health.

An arresting first production from writer Ed Edwards, inspired by his own experience, The Political History of Smack and Crack is an angry, funny love-song to a lost generation annihilated by the heroin epidemic of Thatcher’s years, leaping from the 1981 riots to present day survival on the streets of Manchester.

Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer and MICF Barry Award nominee Natalie Palamides wants to know what it means to be a man. Natalie doesn’t have a clue, but NATE does. Natalie is NATE. Co-devised and directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Doctor Brown, join NATE on his struggle to find self-expression and true love, all while still upholding society’s pressures ‘to be a man’.  

 International debuts include award-winning Ivan Aristeguieta (Winner Best Newcomer 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival, Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe 2017) who emigrated to Australia from Venezuela only to become one of the hottest comics Down Under; Journalist, Bollywood Film Writer and India’s Most Intelligent Comedian (New York Times) Anuvab Pal who has a colonial hangover in ‘New India’ in his show Empire, and; New York’s cosmic comedian Myq  Kaplan, who wants to take audiences (and himself, and the universe) on a journey of kindness in All Killing Aside, a comedy show about truth, love, and not murdering.

From the UK, last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee Ahir Shah returns to Cabaret Voltaire with Duffer, another high-intensity stand-up show full of political vigour, philosophical inquiry and sweet gags. Best Newcomer nominee Lauren Pattison is looking forward to delivering some new home truths with her wicked, warm and authentic brand of humour, following her whirlwind year of awards, nominations and sold-out shows. And Jessie Cave brings her acute blend of confessional comedy and DIY Performance Art in Sunrise, over-sharing as she does best about heartbreak, motherhood and keeping up the Instagram Illuminati.

After three years away, opera and lycra loving cabaret sensation, Le Gateau Chocolat returns to the Fringe to debut his captivating international smash-hit, Icons. Seamlessly weaving through pop, opera and rock, from Whitney to Pavarotti, Gateau investigates his own objects of worship through the songs and music of his personal icons.

Following their sell-out global-stadium-Pop-tour that came to an earth-shattering finale in Edinburgh last year –DENIM broke up. Humanity has been in mourning. The five queens will reunite for one night only. All month.And, as if that’s not enough, for the first two weeks of the festival Denim are doubling up to present the perfect place for young’uns to scream, dream and become a queen in The Denim Juniors, their first drag pop concert for kids.

Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee 2016 Jayde Adams is going full diva this Fringe with glorious gowns, acerbic charm and show-stopping music by Olivier Award winning composer Richard Thomas. And Drag Superstar Jonny Woo and Richard Thomas bring Jonny Woo’s All Star Brexit Cabaret, a sequin-spangled musical ripped straight from the headlines.

LISTINGS

Soho Theatre presents the Ars Nova Production of

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME

Created and performed by Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard

With Lightning Rod Special

Directed by Taibi Magar

Edinburgh Fringe. Traverse 1. UK Premiere. 18+. Duration 75 mins.

Sun 5 – Sun 26 August (not 3, 6, 13, 20, 25). Previews Thu 2 Aug, 7pm & Sat 4 Aug, 5.30pm.

Press night Sun 5 Aug, 9.15pm

Times and dates: 9, 16, 22 Aug, 10am / 23, 26 Aug, 1pm / 10, 17, 24 Aug, 4pm / 4 Aug, 5.30pm / 2, 11, 14, 18 Aug, 7pm /

5 Aug (press), 9.15pm / 7, 8, 12, 15, 19, 21 Aug, 10pm. Tickets £21.50 (£16.50 / £15.00). (£15 / £9 previews).

 

Soho Theatre. Tue 4 – Sat 29 Sep, 7.15pm. Captioned performance Tue 18 Sep, 7.15pm. Tickets from £8

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @arsnova #URGTour

Soho Theatre presents

DRIP FEED

By Karen Cogan

Directed by Oona Murphy. Performed by Karen Cogan.

Assembly George Square, The Bubble.

Wed 1 Aug to Sun 26 Aug, 2.30pm (not 14). 60mins. From £12 (£8 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @KarenMCogan

Most Wanted, Offstage Theatre, Soho Theatre, W14 Productions and Alastair Michael present

THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK

Directed by Cressida Brown

Paines Plough’s Roundabout, Summerhall.

Fri 3 – Sun 26 Aug, 5.30pm (not 7, 14 & 21). 60 mins. From £10 (£9 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @Summerhallery #RoundaboutPP

Soho Theatre in association with Avalon presents

AHIR SHAH: CONTROL

Directed by Adam Brace

Free Fringe. Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire.

Thu 2 – Sat 26 August, 2.15pm. 60 mins

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @ahirshah

Jessie Cave with Soho Theatre c/o Curtis Brown Ltd

JESSIE CAVE: SUNRISE

Directed by Adam Brace

The Stand 3 & 4.

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug, 2.25pm (not 13). 60 mins. From £10.

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @jessiecave

Soho Theatre and United Agents present

DENIM: THE DENIM JUNIORS

Directed by Steve Marmion

Assembly George Square, Piccolo

Fri 3 to Sat 19 Aug, 4.30pm (not 13). 60mins. From £9 (£5 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @Denim_uk

Soho Theatre presents

NATALIE PALAMIDES: NATE

Directed by Doctor Brown

Pleasance Courtyard, Beside

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug, 6pm (not 13). 60 mins. From £10 (£7 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @natdogkatdog #NATE

David Johnson, Jon Mackay and Reuben Cook in association with Soho Theatre present

JONNY WOO’S ALL STAR BREXIT CABARET

Assembly George Square Gardens

Thu 2 – Mon 27 Aug, 6pm (not 13 & 20). 60mins. From £13 (£8 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @JonnyWooUK

Soho Theatre in association with Mick Perrin Worldwide Management present

ANUVAB PAL: EMPIRE

Pleasance Courtyard, That

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug, 7pm (not 13). 60 mins. From £10 (£7 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @AnuvabPal

Soho Theatre in association with United Agents present

LAUREN PATTISON : PEACHY

Pleasance Courtyard, Attic

Wed 1 – Sun 26 Aug, 7pm (not 13). 60mins. From £11 (£6.50 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @laurenpattison

Soho Theatre in association with Laughing Stock Productions present

IVAN ARISTEGUIETA: JUITHY

Edinburgh Fringe

Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker One

Wed 1 to Sat 26 Aug (not 13). 7.15pm. 60 mins. From £10 (£7 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @IvanComedy

Soho Theatre Downstairs

Tue 28 Aug – Sat 1 Sept, 7.30pm. 60 mins. From £11

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @IvanComedy

Soho Theatre presents

LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT: ICONS

Assembly George Square, Piccolo

Thu 2 to Sat 26 Aug, 7.30pm (not 13 & 20). 70mins. From £13 (£8 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @LeGateauChoc

Soho Theatre presents

MYQ KAPLAN: ALL KILLING ASIDE

Underbelly Bristo Square, Fresian

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug (not 13), 9.15pm. 60mins. From £11 (£7 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @MyqKaplan

Johnson, Mackay, Soho Theatre and United Agents present

JAYDE ADAMS: THE DIVINE MS JAYDE

Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance Two.

Wed 1 – Mon 27 Aug, 9.30pm. 60mins. From £12 (£7.50 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @jaydeadams

Soho Theatre and United Agents present

DENIM: THE REUNION TOUR

Directed by Steve Marmion

Assembly George Square Gardens, Piccolo

Thu 2 to Sat 26 Aug (not 13), 10.30pm. 60mins. From £12 (£7 previews).

sohotheatre.com @sohotheatre @Denim_uk

Peer Gynt boldly reimagined as the Everyman Company presents new Liverpool play The Big I Am

THE BIG I AM
THE BIG I AM

THE BIG I AM

  • New Liverpool play by writer Robert Farquhar to premiere on Everyman stage
  • Nick Bagnall to direct production featuring three actors playing Peer Gynt, as full company reunite for final production in Everyman season

 A bold reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt premières as the fourth production of the Everyman Company 2018, as Dead Heavy Fantastic writer Robert Farquhar returns with new Liverpool work The Big I Am.

Directed by Nick Bagnall, the production smashes apart the classic 18th century Norwegian tale and rebuilds it to create a psychedelic ‘trip’ – travelling from wartime Liverpool, to the bright lights of Las Vegas, to Dubai and beyond.

 The Big I Am follows a brazen Peer Gynt on his journey through time and life. Armed with a sharp tongue and a vivid imagination, he has big ideas. Leaving the home of his Ma, Peer sets out on a quest to announce himself to the world, changing the lives of everyone he meets, but not always for the better.

In a big world filled with opportunity and riches, Peer has the world at his feet. But is there something from his past holding him back? A story filled with unpredictability and fate in equal measure, The Big I Am is a production of discovery, adventure, love, family and staying true to your roots.

Teeming with characters, bursting with comedy, pulsing with live music and set in the round in the unique space of the Everyman auditorium, The Big I Am takes us on a journey to new worlds.

Robert Farquhar said: “Peer Gynt as a play has always fascinated me with its sheer theatrical ambition, uniqueness, strangeness and scope. I have set out to make this a very funny, very moving modern adaptation of a notoriously difficult play.

“Full of humour, music, epic theatricality and, at times, heart-breaking poignancy, The Big I Am was written especially for the Everyman, with the Everyman Company in mind.”

 Tickets for The Big I Am and other company shows are on sale now from £10 to £32. Tickets for young people are available £5 across all company shows at all performances, as the Everyman & Playhouse continue to make their work accessible to all.

Captioned and Audio Described performances are available for The Big I Am. To support the visits of those attending with Access needs, the Everyman continues to offer a companion seat where additional support is required.

Bookers have the opportunity to see multiple productions through subscription packages, from as little as £38. To find out more about the prices available for all shows and to buy your tickets, visit: https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/the-everyman-company-2018, or call Box Office on 0151 709 4776.

THE BIG I AM

A reimagining of Peer Gynt by Robert Farquhar

Director Nick Bagnall

Designers Molly Lacey Davies & Jocelyn Meall

Composer James Fortune

Musical Supervisor George Francis

Lighting Designer Kay Haynes

Sound Design Everyman Sound Department

Assistant Designer Natalie Johnson

Casting Director Sophie Parrott CDG

 Cast

 Nadia Anim: Helen / Feral Boy / Woman in Neck Brace / Assistant / Ensemble

Emma Bispham: Vera / Ruby / Woman in Wheelchair / Ensemble

Richard Bremmer: Peer Gynt #3 / King / South African Businessman / Man on Crutches / Ensemble

Patrick Brennan: Geezer / Priest / Ensemble

George Caple: Bridegroom / Hippy Spokesman / Australian Businessman / Inmate / Vicar / Ensemble

Paul Duckworth: Dad / Geezer / American Businessman / Elvis / Ensemble

Marc Elliott: Singer / Hippy / Compere / Ensemble

Cerith Flinn: Hippy / Mugger / Mourner / Strange Passenger / Ensemble

Emily Hughes: Cynthia / Doreen / Nurse / Barmaid / Ensemble

Nathan McMullen: Peer Gynt #1 / Ensemble

Zelina Rebeiro: Sylvie / Maureen / Anitra / Ensemble

Golda Rosheuvel: Mother / Green Woman / Ensemble

Keddy Sutton: Ma / German Businessman / Ensemble

Liam Tobin: Peer Gynt #2 / Father/ Rag and Boneman / Ensemble

 

100 local performers take centre stage at The REP to breathe new life into Woyzeck

Woyzeck
Woyzeck

Woyzeck

In an exciting collaboration between Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Birmingham International Dance Festival 2018, 100 local performers will breathe new life into Woyzeck, one of the most influential plays ever written, from 15 to 23 June.

Written nearly two centuries ago, Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck has been described as one of the most influential plays ever written.  In this new large-scale theatre and dance staging directors Roxana Silbert and Rosie Kay, and writer Leo Butler, create for our time what Büchner intended for his – the story of a struggle for a better life.

Set in the present day, Woyzeck is the story of a young soldier who just can’t get a break. He’s stuck living in military barracks. He’s forced to shave his condescending commanding officer everyday. His wages are pitiful. His girlfriend might be having an affair. And now he is hearing voices. Maybe he is starting to crack? Or maybe it’s just because his doctor is trialling a pea-only diet on him? It’s far from ideal but his doctor’s poking and prodding comes with the reward of some extra money. It’s the chance for a better life if Woyzeck can just hold on that little bit longer.

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, said:

“Woyzeck is a powerful story that has been sharply brought up-to-date in Leo Butler’s new version. It’s about the impact of war on communities, the pressure on a young person who’s trying to make ends meet and ultimately about how love can be devastatingly destroyed.

“I wanted to find a play that would put a large community company front and centre of our programme. Theatre brings people together and I’m thoroughly enjoying working with 100 people who live and work in Birmingham; their energy and enthusiasm is inspiring and transformative.”

Following on from her recent global success with the Commonwealth Games handover ceremony, choreographer and Associate Director Rosie Kay, also said:

“Woyzeck still feels shocking over 180 years after it was written. It’s got a prophetic nature to it and what’s really exciting is it feels like it reflects the society we live in.

 “Creating this production with a large group of community performers who are engaged and committed to dancing and working together feels very human and touching. We want them to live and breathe this production and I think its going to be something that will affect people’s lives.” 

Lucie Mirkova, Birmingham International Dance Festival Artistic Director, said:

 “It is fantastic that we are working with Roxana Silbert at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Rosie Kay to present Woyzeck as part of Birmingham International Dance Festival. With a community cast of performers and dancers from across the West Midlands alongside amazing professional talent Woyzeck demonstrates how dance is something for all people to get involved with, which is very much at the heart of our Festival.”

Woyzeck’s community company are made up of performers from across the West Midlands, many of whom will never have performed on stage before. Cast members come from all walks of life and are aged from teenagers to their seventies.   Appearing alongside the community cast as Woyzeck and Maria are professional actors, Thomas Pickles and Jalleh Alizadeh.

Woyzeck is part of REP Furnace, a three year programme to create ambitious new works both on stage and in local communities.  Last year’s Stadium united football fans from the city’s three football clubs on the main stage at The REP, and the previous year saw thousands of volunteer performers across the UK take part in the modern day memorial, We’re here because we’re here, produced in association with the National Theatre to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Woyzeck is designed by Neil Murray, with lighting by the Olivier Award-nominated Lee Curran and music composed by Tom Rackham.

Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF), produced by Birmingham-based DanceXchange, returns to the city from 1 – 24 June 2018.  Expect fantastic dance in the city’s theatres and a takeover of Birmingham’s streets and squares, with show-stopping free performances and opportunities to get dancing, visit www.bidf.co.uk for the full programme.

More about the making of Woyzeck can be found at birmingham-rep.co.uk