Bollocks to the Pause, or, Relative Truth Joe Harmstone on directing Pinter in Pinter's plays, given as a lecture to students at Birmingham and Northampton Universities 4000 words (Joe Harmstone is a freelance director) Since 1994 I have worked with and got to know Harold Pinter and in 1997 I directed the first revivals of The Lover and The Collection in London since the early sixties. Harold played Harry the homosexual. My association with Harold began at Chichester where I …
Geoff continues with his account of Follies Rehearsals at the Royal Theatre, Northampton. Here he is from days 19 - 22. Run throughs and first visits to the stage . . .
'Oh no she didn't!' 'Oh yes she did!' 'Oh no she didn't!' Recognise this? Right . . . the sort of thing we expect and possibly enjoy in pantomime. Is it good seasonal fare but bad theatre? Not surprisingly at this time of year, Rod Dungate has been wondering just that.
Geoff Ambler completes his account of rehearsals for Follies at the Royal Theatre, Northampton. He starts with the 'tech stuff' and completes his account with a note about the Press Night. Which is where Timothy Ramsden takes over - as ReviewsGate co-editor, he attended the press night to review the show. Read on . . .
Interview with JOAN COLLINS, talking about her forthcoming role in THE CIRCLE. Syndicated from Birmingham Hippodrome THE CIRCLE (Alan Melville) is at the Birmingham Hippodrome from 5 -10 April and tours. Her career has spanned more than five decades, 55 films, 50 TV shows, nine plays, 10 books, three children and five husbands. She was superbitch Alexis Carrington Colby for eight years in the TV soap of the 80s, Dynasty; took most of her clothes off for Playboy at the …
The following note by Rod Dungate is reprinted from Encore Theatre Company's programme for their 2004 production of THE IMPORTANCE. In my play Friends of Oscar I have Oscar's son Vyvyan in conversation with a male prostitute, Jack Saul (I lifted him from an erotic novel of the period). Part of the conversation goes:
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.