I once wrote a blog on the importance of introducing theatre to the young generation. I have taken my seven year old daughter to a variety of West End shows and from that very first visit she developed an instantaneous love of it. She has a creative mind and her ability to both empathise and look at things more deeply than perhaps other children her age is something I partly attribute to her experiences within the world of theatre – she often behaves better than other audience members four or … [Read more...]
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Unfortunately, as a result of ongoing social distancing restrictions due to the Covid pandemic, performances at UK venues have been suspended until 17th May 2021.
There may not necessarily be that many opportunities for new writers in the West End when it comes to staging a full-blown musical there, but in terms of creating a platform for their work to be heard, more and more opportunities are emerging. Yes, they always have the cabaret option: Midlands-based composer Chris Passey recently hosted his own cabaret night featuring songs from his debut album, and transatlantic writing duo Anderson and Petty will soon be showcasing their work in an evening … [Read more...]
Would it surprise you to know that this time last year I was training to be a teacher? Life offers many possible paths and it’s up to us to choose the one which is right for us. I’ve always wanted to write; that need has been in my life for so long it’s a part of who I am. When you are responsible for another life however, practicality can sometimes take precedence over dreams. I have a love of knowledge and learning and gain great enjoyment from teaching my young daughter new things about … [Read more...]
Alongside the score and the book, a show’s cast are a big part of the excitement of the theatre-going experience. Famous names (from both stage and screen) will always draw in the crowds, while established West End performers bring their fan bases with them from show to show and talented newcomers attract new people to form one. A cast change is always big news in theatre circles. Yesterday, social networking sites were abuzz with talk following the cast announcement regarding the role of … [Read more...]
The question of the relevance of the theatre critic in this current climate is one which has been much debated recently – I’ve written on the subject myself. All too often, the opinion of the critics seem to be at odds with the general consensus of the theatre-going public, as they savage a production which then turns out to be a huge hit in terms of audience numbers/ticket sales. When Rock of Ages opened, it received some pretty dismal reviews from some well-respected (and some not so … [Read more...]