The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs, produced by Damsel productions, is currently running at The Soho Theatre until 11th June. I went along and was totally blown away! Everything about this production is first class, the writing, staging, lighting, sound design, casting and the performance levels. Damsel Productions have added all the ingredients to make this a 5-star production. The Piece is set around a lesbian choir in Soho. We meet the choir’s seven fully paid-up members and choir … [Read more...]
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It is the duty of every citizen to answer the call to support and protect the United Kingdom and its allies so last night, while the rest of the country were watching Eurovision, I went to off to a secret location, in east London, to join the ‘radio makers’ involved in new immersive experience Illicit Signals Bletchley. When I joined the RAF back in the day, one of the first things I did was sign a copy of the Official Secrets. That signature bound me for life – in fact, I’m not even sure I … [Read more...]
Harold Pinter only ever wrote one novel. And, let's be honest, he didn’t rush into this literary endeavour. He started it in 1950 and the book was finally published in 1992. During its extended gestation period, Pinter adapted the story into a radio play for the BBC and this was first performed in the Arts theatre in 1963. In 2002 director Christopher Morahan and the author Kerry Lee Crabbe asked Pinter for permission to work on the novel and the new version of the play was performed at the … [Read more...]
How far would you go for the people you love? What lies would you tell? What sacrifices would you make? That’s the question at the heart of The Breach, a compelling play which explores these ideas through teenagers living through 1970s America, and their adult selves 30 years later. Jude and Acton are brother and sister. Their dad is dead and Jude will do anything to protect her brother and look after her family. Acton, however, finds other protection in two boys, Hoke and Frayne, with … [Read more...]
“All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.” A statement that is as true today as when it was first uttered in 1977. In fact it was true back when William Shakespeare wrote about a Roman general, statesman and member of the First Triumvirate, whose political life ended in death and dishonour. The play was Julius Caesar, and I had the opportunity to see it recently at the Globe … [Read more...]