William Russell looks over 2014, and finds the London small venues powerhouses of creativity. Little theatres have their drawbacks – the seats can be hard, the stairs to the inevitable room above a pub can be precipitous, and the pub itself less than desirable. The drawbacks are, however, frequently offset by what is on offer. Nothing wrong, by the way, about the following venues.
Alexander Ray Edser, reviewing mostly Birmingham and Stratford, selects three productions and one book. I’ve selected four items from my ReviewsGate reviews that have made a specially great impact on me this year – three productions and a book, and the order below is by no means an order of merit.
Walking the Tightrope: the tension between art and politics. Carole Woddis asks 'What's the right balance?' prompted by Theatre Uncut's debate. Theatre Deli, Farringdon, London.
Writers of all levels of experience are invited to enter plays, which must be original, unperformed and unproduced for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. The winner will receive a prize of £16,000 and a full production of their play at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The competition is a unique partnership between the Royal Exchange Theatre and property company Bruntwood.
Tuesday, 14 July this year marks the 60th anniversary of a new theatre venture in Scarborough when the Yorkshire seaside resort’s town-centre Library became home, in 1955, to a professional company playing ‘in-the-round’ – that is with the audience seated on all sides of what was more a square.
A confident-sounding annual report from Hampstead Theatre shows somewhere teetering on the brink of losing its artistic respectability (somewhat unfairly, but that’s another matter) and with finances accordingly in decline, renewed in confidence and prestige.
Islington's Little Angel has provided many young people with early experience of theatre and puppetry. In the second of their spring FIRSTS Festival they are looking to bring new companies and shows for all ages to light and rt a reasonable price. All at: Little Angel Theatre 14 Dagmar Passage N1 2DN 10-22 March 2014.
Suffolk: Hightide Festival: Sept 10-20, 2015 Posted by: Carole Woddis on Sept 14, 2015 – 16.56 pm Hightide Festival Aldeburgh, Suffolk Review of three plays by Carole Woddis seen Saturday, Sept 12, 2015: Rich plays in a beautiful setting
Alexander Ray Edser looks at a new company in Birmingham, launching a new show about sexuality. HETEROPHOBIA: An Urban Musical: Devised and directed: Hannah Phillips Music and Lyrics: Nik Haley Hippodrome Theatre (Patrick Studio) 3 and 4 April Runs: 1h no interval Feature: Alexander Ray Edser, performance seen 03 04 14 New company, new show, passionate new way of looking at the world.
London. UNFINISHED HISTORIES - RE-STAGING REVOLUTIONS Alternative Theatre in Lambeth and Camden 1968-88. Oval House 52-54 Kennington Oval SE11 5SW To 21 December 2013. Tue-Sat 3pm-8pm. Looking back at a past that was looking forward.