Kenneth Williams – Becoming A Cult

Here’s another interesting free (donations requested) event happening on Wednesday 19th January at 6.30pm GMT from Kensington and Chelsea Libraries and presented by Adam Endacott.

As one of Britain’s best loved and recognised personalities, Kenneth Williams declared himself a “cult in his own lifetime” but what made him so? This talk will look at the multifaceted talents of the iconic comedy genius who has continued to keep us all entertained through his legacy of work from his 40 year career in the world of entertainment. From early dramatic parts through to revue, the Carry On films, radio comedy and finally to the legendary chat show appearances, what was it that made Kenneth so unique?

Using footage, sound and images, this presentation will chart his success; showcasing the many faces of Kenneth whilst acting as a study of the talent which has made him a timeless national treasure.

Adam Endacott is a Kenneth Williams aficionado and dedicated fan since early childhood. He has spent his life documenting and collecting everything Kenneth. A Communications Director who lives in London, he is the author of The Kenneth Williams Companion which was published in 2018 and The Kenneth Williams Scrapbook published in 2021.

Please note this will be a Zoom webinar.

All those who book will receive the LINK TO JOIN 48hrs before the event, and on the day of the event in an email from the library.

Book tickets here

Your chance to explore Broadway’s historic Theatres!

Here’s another interesting free (donations requested) online event happening on Thursday 27th January at 6.30pm GMT from Kensington and Chelsea Libraries and presented by Anthony Robins. For any of our friends joining from New York itself, your local start time is 1.30pm.

BEHIND THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: The Fabulous Broadway Theatres is presented by architectural author Anthony Robins and will definitely be worth a watch.

Visitors to New York invariably find their way to the Broadway theatre, drawn by long-running musicals, showy imports, and occasional straight plays.

What many never realize is that Broadway offers another artistic and historical resource that is unique to New York City: the theatres themselves.

With three-quarters of a century of history behind them, the forty surviving theatres are largely intact, and stand as stunning works of art in themselves, as well as monuments to the lively history of American theatre.

This will be a Zoom webinar. All those who book will get the LINK TO JOIN 24hrs and on the day of the event.

Register to attend here

Orange Tree’s four-star WHILE THE SUN SHINES offers opportunities to view in January online

Those who were not able to get to see the Orange Tree’s excellent production of Rattigan’s biggest hit should be gearing up to buy tickets to stream this acclaimed production from home. Tickets start from £15. This production reunites the majority of the excellent cast seen in the Orange Tree’s first run of this production in mid-2019.

The Orange Tree’s On-demand service means that you can watch online any time from Friday 21 January at 7.30pm GMT to Monday 24 January at 11.59pm GMT.

The performance runs approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes. Captioning and audio description are also available.

The show is highly-recommended. You can read my four-star review of the 2019 production here.


Study Production Arts for free at BRITSchool

Here’ an impressive offer. BRITSchool are offering a limited number of free places on their Production Arts course to post-16 students.

This is a great opportunity to work at one of UK’s leading Arts Schools. Students will develop their skills working in technical and event management to build a portfolio of work through industry placements and inhouse productions.

A word of advice, best to get those applications in as the closing date is January 31st!

For more information and application details, visit the BRITSchool website here.

Watch Now: six of Little Angel Theatre’s shows for younger audiences you can watch from home

After a flurry of shows announced earlier last year, I felt it was time to revisit the wonderful Little Angel Theatre’s programme of online shows for younger audiences.

Here are six of the shows currently available on their YouTube channel – check out the individual listings for making puppet instructions at home and games to play.

TOADSTOOL TALES: TRUFFLE’S IN TROUBLE is a 15-minute show presented by Little Angel Theatre Puppetry Intern Jessica Shead. A performance aimed at children ages 0-3.

The safe comfort of Mossy Glade in the deep forest is disrupted as a band of merry mushroom friends have one of their own snatched away! Penny and Shaggy embark on an adventure into the great unknown to rescue Truffle, encountering many exciting characters, environments and obstacles along the way. Will they be able to use their wits to save the day and return home to Mossy Glade?

ENVIS AND OUTO a new digital puppetry show presented by Samantha Sutherland productions, in association with Little Angel Theatre.

Envis and Outo are snowflakes. Every year their community undertakes an incredible journey from ice to water to air to water to ice again. But the extraordinary thing is, they can never return looking the same. Envis refuses to join in The Journey because she doesn’t like change. Can Outo persuade her that there is so much more to see? The film will be available until March 21st 2022.

THE QUANGLE WANGLE’S HAT is a 10-minute show presented by Pinwheel Theatre, in association with Little Angel Theatre.

The Quangle Wangle is lonely. Sitting sadly at the very top of a tree, weighed down by an impractically gigantic hat, he wishes he had some company – and soon enough, his wish comes true! It turns out his enormous hat is just the kind of home that all sorts of strange and wonderful creatures have been looking for, and as word spreads they arrive and set up house. Created by the team behind Pinwheel Theatre and Little Angel Theatre’s adaptation of Emma Dodd’s When… The film will be available until 25 April 2022.

SUITCASE CIRCUS is a 20-minute show presented by Folded Feather. It is a live globetrotting theatre performance which has graced the stage in pretty much every place you can imagine a show going on. This extraordinary menagerie is a who’s who of the world’s most talented objects. For your viewing pleasure this special online edition of our fantastic circus of discarded things will showcase a virtuosic dancing milkshake straw, the worlds only acrobatic potato sack, the magical hat-frog Timrek the Fantastico and much much more! All of this is cleverly tangled together by the anarchic, ringmaster-sock, Wobulous Discombobulous. The show will be available until 28 March 2022.

DON’T WORRY, LITTLE CRAB is a five-minutes long show from Folded Feather, presenting a puppet-filled version of Chris Haughton’s ‘Don’t Worry, Little Crab’ book, and is available until June 7th 2022.

Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a rockpool. Today, they’re going for a dip in the sea. “This is going to be so great!” says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water… Oh. The waves! They’re ENORMOUS. “JEEPERS!” Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in?

For ages 3 and over, FANTASTICO is by Ruby Saide and Jessica Shead and presented by Little Angel Theatre.

Elephant is tired, and just in need of a good sleep for 10 minutes or so. His old armchair is comfy but worn out, and he can’t sit down without it making twingy-twangy noises. Determined to get a good sleep, Elephant sets out to find the perfect chair to nod off in. He is lucky enough to get help from his neighbour Anteater and a friendly Kangaroo, who guide him through a series of chair disasters! Despite all the mishaps, Elephant finally returns home to find he had the best chair all along. This is a musical and playful adaptation of Sean Taylor’s work. This show will be available indefinitely.

Although all these wonderful shows are free to watch, please consider making a donation to the Little Angel Theatre which does unique and vital work in helping younger children to access the joy of theatre. A donation of any amount will help them to keep producing work which will keep future generations of theatregoers entertained whilst they are very young. Thank You.