Out of the Wings festival returns in July

Mark your calendar for Out of the Wings Festival 2022, July 19th to July 23rd at Omnibus Theatre!

Out of the Wings (OOTW) will return to the Omnibus Theatre for its sixth annual festival of theatre from Spanish- and Portuguese- speaking worlds. Over five nights, presenting readings of plays in English translation and in the UK for the first time.

Alongside workshops, encounters with writers and translators, there’s the festival book-sale, and an opportunity to meet the OOTW team informally, discover the best of Hispanic and Lusophone playwriting, in a celebration of international collaboration and theatre in translation.

The selected plays for this year were announced during their Spring Kindling and will bring to the Festival plays from Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, Portugal, Mexico and Mallorca.

Find out more information here

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice……

Carnegie Hall – from the venue’s own website

Yes, I know it’s an old favourite quip, but it helps me to introduce the amazing free online tour that this iconic New York venue is offering in March.

On March 22nd, you can take a free online tour of this venerable building, learn its secrets and go into areas not seen by audiences or visited on in-person tours.

The tour is scheduled for Tuesday March 22nd at 7.00pm UK time / 2.00pm US CT

For tickets and more information click here. A Zoom link will be sent to all those registered. But please be aware that space is limited, so sign up today!

With grateful thanks to my New York and Los Angeles blog followers for highlighting this great opportunity.

Sir Ian McKellen supports STRIKE! Will you?

Dunnes Stores strikers

From March 8 to 22, Ardent Theatre Company are asking for your help to stage a significant play which highlights Ireland’s contribution to the South African anti-apartheid struggle of the 1980s.

Sir Ian McKellen has awarded Ardent a £25,000 producer’s fund to help them tour their production of STRIKE! around the UK in 2023, culminating in a run in Dublin. But Ardent first need to raise that same amount to unlock that funding, which is why they are asking for your help. You can help them- but only until March 22nd when the appeal closes.

STRIKE!, by Tracy Ryan, tells the incredible true story of a group of 11 young shop workers in Dublin in 1984 who went out on strike to protest against apartheid in South Africa. Their three-year battle with employers Dunnes Stores tested each and every one of them, inspired significant change, and brought them into contact with supporters around the world – people who they never imagined meeting before.

457 days into strike action and on the 19th October 1985 Irish Poet Seamus Heaney joins with Dunnes Stores Workers at an anti apartheid demo. Photo copyright rollingnews.ie

It’s an engrossing and ultimately uplifting story of solidarity and personal sacrifice that is less known outside of Ireland, told with humanity and humour and guts, celebrating young people standing up for what they believe in, against overwhelming odds and yet still persisting. Ryan’s play has been extensively workshopped and developed with the writer herself. Ardent’s commitment to the project is long-standing.

The London run and UK tour of the show will include a number of educational resources and online supporting material to aid future research and historical appreciation of the strikers’ campaign.

Your online gift will be matched by Sir Ian McKellen – he’ll be matching each donation until the target is achieved.

Give £5, the production gets £10. Give £50, it’s doubled to £100. Every donation makes a difference.

Please support this production by donating via the link here.

Please remember the challenge closes on Tuesday 22nd March. Thank You!

“I would like to make a plea to the owners. Here are young people of whom you ought to be proud, because these are people of such integrity. You should be glad that you have people of such calibre working for you. I would like to call on you to hear what they are trying to say.”
— Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1984

British Library’s upcoming Theatre season makes promising viewing

The British Library are delving into their archives to shine a spotlight on those at the forefront of technical innovation and those behind the scenes in some fascinating events this Spring

The Explore Theatre Season runs from March 9th to 29th and features three events online and two events in-person.

ONLINE ONLY Pioneering Progression: Joan Littlewood and Theatre Royal Stratford East (discussing the pioneering Theatre Workshop Company at Theatre Royal Stratford East)
Wed 9 Mar, 19:30 – 20:45

ONLINE ONLY Theatre of the Absurd? The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on Stage (recalling theatre maverick Ken Campbell’s extraordinary first stage production of the cult show at London’s gigantic Rainbow Theatre)
Fri 11 Mar, 20:15 – 21:15

IN PERSON EVENT ONLY Anything Could Happen Next: A Celebration of People Show (The UK’s first alternative theatre company)
Sun 13 Mar, 14:00 – 16:00

IN PERSON AND ONLINE Peggy Ramsay: Queen of Agents (celebrating the legendary Peggy Ramsay and her unique contribution to theatre)
Tue 29 Mar, 19:00 – 20:30

I am sure that these will be popular so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

Find out more here

Love Your Local Theatre initiative launched today!

Here’s a great chance for you to support your local theatre while saving money too.

The National Lottery has teamed up with UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre to produce LOVE YOUR LOCAL THEATRE. It’s an initiative running from now until the end of March which gives National Lottery players access to buy discounted tickets at theatres in their part of the UK.

The promotion is for performances from 1-31 March, and when you buy one full-price ticket, you get another one free.

Booking is now open and you’re advised to check back regularly as new theatres and shows are being added each week.

SOLT/UKT said “Today we’re announcing that we have joined forces with The National Lottery and over 100 theatres UK-wide for #LoveYorLocalTheatre. This promotion, run by Society of London Theatre / UK Theatre, offers 2-for-1 tickets throughout the month of March for participating productions. Join your local theatre this March in celebrating local theatres and the important role they play in communities across the UK, and support us as we continue our pandemic recovery.

A big thank you to The National Lottery for supporting this incredible initiative, by providing up to £2 million to subsidise over 150,000 tickets across the UK, giving Lottery players the chance to get their hands on great value tickets for top-class live entertainment.”

Find out which theatre near you is taking part here: https://lnkd.in/eRHghwZg

Find out more about #LoveYourLocalTheatre here: https://lnkd.in/eMx_bxe5

Visit https://www.loveyourlocaltheatre.com/ for more details and to find participating theatres near you.