MINT theatre streams another rediscovered classic

New York-based MINT Theatre company are generously making available to the public past productions around the world for free.

Streaming globally until March 19th is the 1931 play PHILIP GOES FORTH by Pulitzer Prize-winner George Kelly.

PHILIP GOES FORTH tells the story of a young man who rebels against his father and a career in the family business and ventures to New York to write plays. He leaves home without his father’s support or blessing, but with this warning: “Don’t imagine, whenever you get tired floating around up there in the clouds that you can drop right back into your place down here;—that isn’t the way things go—”

George Kelly was a celebrated author in the 1920s, the man who wrote the 1925 psychological drama CRAIG’S WIFE, centered around an obsessive, destructive housewife, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize. By this time, notes Foster Hirsch, “a new play (by Kelly) was as keenly anticipated as a new one by Eugene O’Neill.”

PHILIP GOES FORTH made its debut at the Biltmore Theater on Broadway in January of 1931. George Kelly’s comedy has some discouraging words for its title character—and this rubbed a few critics the wrong way. The Times’ Brooks Atkinson was especially disgruntled. “To discourage the neophytes about coming to New York and trying their fortune with the arts is to accept considerable responsibility,” Atkinson proclaimed, while missing the point of the play. Kelly was so disappointed by the lack of critical perception that he gave up writing for the theatre for the next five years.

MINT Theatre’s 2013 production—the play’s first in 82 years—finally garnered the play the critical perception it deserved.

You can find out more about the play, and stream it until March 19th, here

Greenwich Theatre’s FREE Workshop for young budding theatre-makers!

Here’s a great opportunity for young aspiring theatre-makers to learn and get some good advice, as well as a bit of experience along the way!

On Friday 17 February, Greenwich theatre is offering 9- 13 year olds this Free workshop, from 10am to 3pm.

Join the acclaimed CultureClash Theatre for a unique insight into the creation of a show!

Learn some of the skills that have led the company to secure a string of five-star reviews – from improvisation and storytelling to reimagining fairytales and creating all-new characters.

Participants can build their confidence and learn a host of important theatrical skills in this free and exclusive one-day workshop.

To sign up, visit the Greenwich Theatre site here. But hurry, before it sells out!

Disability theatre charity Head2Head Sensory Theatre has launched a new YouTube series aimed at children with special needs, autism or other sensory issues

It’s great to report that Head2Head Sensory Theatre have created a special YouTube series on their channel for children with special needs or other sensory issues.

Head2Head Sensory Theatre is a registered theatre charity dedicated to the SEND Special Needs’ and disability Community.

The new series is called Sensory Squad and the videos are free to watch on YouTube, and are signed and captioned

Sensory Squad enhances communication and offers supportive and fun learning experiences through songs, crafts, stories dancing and repetition, all aimed to help families and children prepare for real world experiences through a variety of exciting sensory experiences.

The charity says “Our channel offers fun and interactive multi-sensory theatre experiences for ALL including; shows, storytelling, learning, games and mask workshops for families, schools, colleges & SNSUs.

We are passionate about making theatre accessible to all and understand that families who have a child with a disability face many barriers.

We raise awareness, share knowledge and develop new ways to make this happen.

We include opportunities for self-development and learning by offering work experience to students transitioning from education.”

You can find Head2Head’s channel here

Over 50 National Theatre Talks now available on YouTube

The National Theatre has for many years presented Platform events featuring actors, directors, writers,musicians and others involved in the production of the NT’s works, but until recently these events were not available unless you attended in person.

Now the National are sharing over 50 of their recent events, usually averaging around 40 minutes long, on their YouTube channel.

Dip into a fascinating roster of some of the theatre’s most significant contributors, including Stephen Sondheim, Judi Dench, Neil Gaiman, Sam Mendes, Imelda Staunton, Olivia Coleman, Nathan Lane, Ruth Wilson, Alan Bennett, Tom Stoppard, Nicholas Hytner, Helen McCrory, Rae Smith, Simon Stephens, Adrian Lester, David Byrne, Michael Palin, Derek Jacobi, Simon Russell Beale, Peter Hall, Simon McBurney, Michael Frayn, Danny Boyle and many others.

And then of course if your interest has been piqued to see a particular production, then chances are you can watch it in the National’s online offering, where many of their shows can be purchased for home viewing.

You can find the link to the list by clicking the Theatre Recordings option on this page, where you’ll also find podcast and other resources to bring you closer to the work of the National – and all for free! Enjoy!

West End LIVE returns on June 25th / 26th

It’s back! The ever-popular free event that is West End LIVE showcases top performances from top West End musicals, live in Trafalgar Square in the heart of London’s TheatreLand.

The days run as follows: Saturday 25th June: 11am – 5pm
Sunday 26th June: 12 midday – 5pm

Please remember that no tickets are required and entry is on a first come, first served basis- so get there early!!

West End LIVE is presented by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre with support from the Mayor of London.

Find out more information here