Nicola Walker in discussion from the National Theatre- for free* (*donations welcome – if you can afford to)

Nicola Walker, photo courtesy National Theatre website

On Monday 23rd May at 4.00pm you can hear actors Nicola Walker and Iwan Davies reflect on the rewards and challenges of performing in Emlyn Williams’ THE CORN IS GREEN, currently at the National Theatre, in a 60-minute discussion chaired by Fiona Mountford. 

If you wish to attend in person you can book here . Tickets are £10/£5 concessions.

However, there is also the option to join the discussion online for free.

You can book your free online ticket here

And if you miss the live talk, or can’t make it at that time, you can catch up using the same link you will receive when you register online for the talk.

The National says “We have made the live-stream of this NT talk free so it can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. If you can, please make a donation to keep our events open and accessible to all. Together we can shape a bright, creative future.
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THE CORN IS GREEN by Emlyn Williams runs at the National Theatre until 11 June 2022. For more information visit https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-corn-is-green


Watch Olivier-winning CONSTELLATIONS online

Great news for anyone who missed this show in-person or online, or who fancies trying some acclaimed drama from the comfort of their own home this holiday season. All four casts of Michael Longhurst’s Olivier Award-winning revival of Nick Payne’s CONSTELLATIONS are once again available to watch online until 25 May 2022.

Home viewers can now watch one, or all, of the four star casts of this show on demand via the Donmar’s dedicated platform ondemand.donmarwarehouse.com 

Four different casts take turns to journey through the multiverse and the infinite possibilities of a relationship; each refracting the play in their own unique way. The four casts are: Sheila Atim & Ivanno Jeremiah, Peter Capaldi & Zoë Wanamaker, Omari Douglas & Russell Tovey, and Anna Maxwell Martin & Chris O’Dowd.

Each production is now £7.50 to rent and households can watch the show for 24 hours from the time of purchase; or choose the multi buy of all 4 for £20, available for 14 days. Captioned and audio described versions are available in partnership with Stagetext and VocalEyes.

Watch CONSTELLATIONS here



Bush’s five-star RED PITCH streams globally in May

From 9 to 14 May, the Bush Theatre’s critically-acclaimed story of football, brotherhood and gentrification returns, filmed live at the Bush Theatre and available to stream to your living room.

Watch the trailer here

The way they’re changing endz is nuts.’

Red Pitch. South London. Three lifelong friends Omz, Bilal and Joey are playing football. Like they always have. Living out dreams of football stardom. Beyond their football pitch, local shops are closing, old flats are being demolished as new flats shoot up, some residents struggle to stay while others rush to leave. When a small football pitch has been a home from home, a place where you’ve laughed, fought and forged friendships, what happens when it’s under threat?

★★★★★ “Remarkable. A next-level coming-of-age story.” The Stage

Tyrell Williams’ play tells a powerful story about gentrification versus regeneration and the impact of this relentless change upon London’s communities.

Kedar Williams-Stirling (Sex Education), Emeka Sesay (Top Boy) and Francis Lovehall (Small Axe), star in director Daniel Bailey’s production.

You can book tickets from £10. Shows start at 7.45pm evenings (9-14) and 2.45pm for matinee on Sat 14. Shows on 11 (eve) and 14 (mat) are Audio Described.

Please note that the show is streaming worldwide, so you can watch it from anywhere, just check the start time in your time zone. The performances will begin promptly at 2:45pm or 7:45pm. During the broadcast, the show cannot be paused, but after the performance has finished, the film will be available to you to watch on demand for 48 hours from the date and time selected.

For more information, and to book, please click here


Toward a Future Theatre – a free online discussion

photo credit: James D. Morgan (courtesy of Methuen Drama)

On Wednesday 27th April from 6.00pm to 7.30pm BST, you are invited to join an interesting free online discussion about the future directions of theatre in the UK.

Presented by Research@Central, an events creation group based at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the online discussion will prove worth watching, I am sure.

In December of 2021, Methuen Drama published Caridad Svich’s Toward a Future Theatre: Conversations During a Pandemic, which documents theatremakers’ dreams for a new post-Covid reality in which theatre is reimagined and issues of racial and economic justice are addressed. This panel brings together five artists featured in the book to reflect upon their renewed commitment to theatre’s ability to effect and model change at a time when the arts sector finds itself in a precarious state of flux and transition.

The Panelists are, as of this writing, James Graham (playwright), Roy Williams (playwright), Jennifer Jackson (movement director), Suba Das (artistic director, Liverpool’s Everyman Playhouse), and Daphna Attias (co-founder of the site-responsive, immersive theatre company Dante or Die).

Caridad Svich is a playwright, an editor at Contemporary Theatre Review and founder of NoPassport theatre alliance and press. She received a 2012 Obie for Lifetime Achievement.

Tom Cornford is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and author of Theatre Studios: A Political History of Ensemble Theatre-Making.

James Graham is an Olivier-Award winning playwright and librettist and screenwriter. His works include Ink at the Almeida, the West End and Broadway.

Roy Wiliams is a Black British playwright and screenwriter. His works include Death of England and Sing Yer Out for the Lads.

Jennifer Jackson is a British Bolivian movement director, actor and theatremaker. Her work has been seen at the National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith, among others. She is currently a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

Suba Das is Creative Director for the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. A theatre director, producer and dramaturg, he was Artistic Director and CEO of HighTide. Previously Associate Director of Leicester Curve, one of the UK’s major producing houses, Das was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and English Touring Theatre, and has directed for the Young Vic, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse, Northern Stage and the Roundhouse. In 2017 he made his opera directorial debut with the world premiere of Sukanya by Ravi Shankar for the Royal Opera and London Philharmonic. Suba read English at Clare College, Cambridge and trained on the Birkbeck Director Training Programme. He is a Trustee of The Sage, Gateshead, Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation and Theatres Trust.

Daphna Attias is Co-Artistic Director of Dante or Die, a site-specific theatre company celebrating the human condition. She has directed all of the company’s works to date.

For more information, and to reserve your place, click 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.