TALKING HEADS AND TALES An Audience with Alan Bennett University of Warwick Arts Centre 26.05.04 ReviewsGate reviewer John Alcock reports on a visit to Warwick Arts Centre by Alan Bennett This week's guest in the Warwick Writers' series was Alan Bennett, not so much following the usual practice of reading from his work as talking about it a monumental task in itself as he dipped in and out of three decades of writing for theatre, television and film.
On 10 January, the Royal Court became one of the first London theatres to open its 2005 season, in the Theatre Upstairs, with a piece called Tim Fountain: Sex Addict. While this was undoubtedly spot-on in terms of the Trade Descriptions Act, it does seem to have limited qualities in some other departments. Mr Fountain, who has written several scripts and advised on many others, nightly recounts his, of necessity, one-night sexual encounter following the previous show. He then proceeds …
Maureen Lipman is going to Birmingham Rep in September to play the worst singer in the world! Peter Quilter's play about Florence Foster Jenkins premiers at the Rep 2nd September.
Birmingham Rep inform us that they're going to produce a new musical featuring the songs of Birmingham based UB40. It's called PROMISES AND LIES and till be performed in 2006. The musical is the result of a collaboration with young writer, Jess Walters.
RSC HOSTS THE FIRST EVER FESTIVAL OF SHAKESPEARE'S COMPLETE WORKS IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON For more details of this enormous undertaking, read on . . .
Rod Dungate speaks with Joe Harmston Chief Executive of an innovative new-writing company THE IDEAS FOUNDRY. What's innovative about it? 'It's a business' says Harmston.
Geoff Ambler FOLLIES Days 1 - 3 Geoff has been invited to attend all rehearsals in Northampton for the show. His fly-on-the-wall account gives an intriguing insight into preparations. Here's the start: days 1 - 3
Geoff Ambler continues his observations of Follies rehearsals at the Royal Theatre, Northampton Geoff, our Musical theatre man, is sitting in on rehearsals. He's giving us a unique step-by-step account.
Ben Jonson: Theatre Revolutionary Rod Dungate (Rod Dungate is a playwright and poet, arts journalist and co-editor of ReviewsGate) Length: 1400 words Jonson's reputation really rests on three plays, Volpone, The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair. Even so, these are infrequently performed. His other later plays are much neglected, even thought unstageable. There are those who, not to put too fine a point on it, think that as he grew older, Jonson gradually lost his marbles.
Les Misérables – Twenty-one years on and you can still hear the people sing. ReviewsGate team member, Geoff Ambler, reports back on a very special theatre event. Read on . . .
Noel Coward: In or out of Society: he WAS Society Joe Harmstone: Notes on Directing and Acting Coward (HAYFEVER): given as a lecture to students at Birmingham University Drama Dept, Jan 2000 (Joe Harmstone is a freelance director.) Length: 3100 words In 1998, I was directing two Pinter plays at the Donmar warehouse when I was asked by a journalist to explain how you approach a Pinter? Before I could think of anything erudite, one of the actors responded, as …
Geoff Ambler continues his Fly-on-the-wall's eye view of the Follies Rehearsals at the Royal Theatre, Northampton . . . he has two more weeks to go. His observations are in three parts. They are all held in the Features area of Reviewsgate.com; a unique record of a rehearsal process.