PRELUDES to be livestreamed from Southwark Playhouse

One of the top ten best shows of 2019, Dave Malloy’s mesmerising PRELUDES returns to the Southwark Playhouse for a short run of streamed concert performances in May.

The story deals with legendary composer Rachmaninoff and his struggle with writers block which lead to him being treated by a hypnotherapist in the late nineteenth century.

Nominated for two Stage Debut Awards 2020 for actor Tom Noyes and director Alex Sutton, PRELUDES is an elegantly, intriguingly constructed work which grips the viewer as few other shows have done. Its often sublime musicality makes its a must-see show. The superb 2019 cast have been reassembled which will ensure the incredibly high quality of this streamed production.

You can read my four star review of PRELUDES here

Read what a clinical hypnotherapist thought of PRELUDES here

Book for PRELUDES here

Watch Donmar’s ASSEMBLY online for a limited period

After its live debut on Saturday 20th March, the Donmar’s ASSEMBLY is now available online for a while through their YouTube channel.

Imagine the future. However you choose to imagine it. Now imagine it in your hands.
What does community mean in a time of division and separation?
Mixing live performance, animation and sound, ASSEMBLY looks at the impact of humans on nature and what we might build together for a better future. It’s about trying, failing, and trying again. In times of emergency, it is about hope.

Created by writer Nina Segal (In the Nighttime (Before the Sun Rises), Gate), director Joseph Hancock ((This Isn’t) A True Story, Almeida Young Company) and the Donmar Local Company, ASSEMBLY is a live digital performance created in collaboration with video designer and director of photography Andrzej Goulding (Teenage Dick, Donmar), set and costume designer Frankie Bradshaw (Sweat, Donmar and West End), composer and sound designer Max Pappenheim (The Way of the World, Donmar) and lighting designer Sam House (#HashtagLightie, Arcola). This is the first production from the Donmar Local Company – members of the community who live and work in the Donmar’s home boroughs of Camden and Westminster.

The running time is approximately one hour.
An audio introduction is available to listen to or download from the VocalEyes website and a captioned version will also be available.
ASSEMBLY is presented in line with all current Government guidelines.

The Domnar says: “Although this production is free to watch, if you are able to, please consider how you can support us at this time to ensure we can reopen in the best possible shape when it’s safe do so, while continuing to safeguard our staff and artists, and share our art form digitally in the meantime.

You can make a donation online or over the phone by calling us on +44 (0)20 7845 5815, join as a Friend, or text using the details below. You can also donate via YouTube giving when you watch the production.

Text DONMAR 5 to 70470 to donate £5
Text DONMAR 10 to 70470 to donate £10
Text DONMAR 20 to 70470 to donate £20

UK networks only. Texts cost your donation amount plus one standard rate message.”

Watch ASSEMBLY here.

Catch the Finborough Theatre’s new show available free for one week only

The winner of the 2020 ETPEP Award, PLAYFIGHT by Julia Grogan, will be available to watch on the Finborough Theatre’s YouTube channel from April 1-8.

Kiera, Zainab and Lucy are smart, outrageous and savvy. They’ve figured out that there are some things school sex ed lessons don’t cover. Now, as they grow from girls into women, they’re going to find the answers…

Directed by acclaimed director Blanche McIntyre, the show will stream FOR FREE from April 1-8.

A subtitled version is available from Scenesaver website.

Although this production is free to watch, if you are able to, please strongly consider making a donation to Finborough Theatre to enable it to reopen after this crisis has passed.

Watch PLAYFIGHT via The Finborough’s YouTube channel here

Just a reminder that the 2021 ETPEP competition is still open, so if you’re an aspiring UK-based playwright who works in theatre, submit your play to the ETPEP Award by Friday, 30 April for the chance to win £6000, a development relationship with and a staged reading of your play at the Finborough Theatre.

Find more details about the ETPEP Award here

Sky Arts Freeview channel ramps up to Easter with more shows to see

With live theatre still paused, Sky Arts Freeview channel is taking the opportunity to re-screen some of the shows which have been enjoyed on their channel. Here are the first shows, updated as more information becomes available.

Early birds and insomniacs can take early morning theatre to a new level when Sky Arts screens THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! on Saturday 27 March at 6.10am
Similarly, dance lovers can set their alarms early on Sunday 28 March to catch Northern Ballet’s CASANOVA at 6.30am
And in the evening on Sunday 28 March you can enjoy BILLY ELLIOT:THE MUSICAL at 9.00pm

On Easter weekend, you can see the National Theatre’s acclaimed ROMEO AND JULIET on Sunday April 4th at 9.00pm

More news as it becomes available.

It’s your last ten days to see EMILIA

West End sensation (originally from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) EMIL!A is again available online until March 31st.

1609. I AM EMILIA.

400 years ago Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn’t. Could she have been the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets? What of her own poems? Why was her story erased from history?
Emilia and her sisters reach out to us across the centuries with passion, fury, laughter and song. Listen to them. Let them inspire and unite us.
Celebrate women’s voices through the story of this trailblazing, forgotten woman.
Stand up and be counted.

You can again watch online the archive recording of the ground-breaking, Olivier Award nominated, West End transfer of EMILIA.

Tickets are available on a Pay What You Can basis, starting at just £5.

Captioned and Audio Described recordings are available.

The Emilia company says “We want you to be able to enjoy this recording of EMILIA, regardless of your financial circumstances. So we are inviting you to pay what you can, from as little as £5.

If you can pay more, please do.

Proceeds will be shared by the brilliant, hard-working team of people who made this show, including actors, designers, backstage crew and a brilliant, all-female creative team whose jobs have disappeared with theatres across the country closed indefinitely.

So please, pay what you can.

Thank you.”

Please note: This is an archive recording using a two-camera setup which was not specifically designed for public broadcast, so please be understanding if any technical limitations or shortcomings become apparent.

Guidance: Please note that the production contains strong language and covers the subject of infant mortality.

Watch EMILIA here