Culture

19 January 2018

Blythe Stewart Discusses 'The Moor'

The world premiere of The Moor marks the third collaboration between writer Catherine Lucie and I. We first met in 2012 after a course leader from East 15, where we both went ...

16 January 2018

My Inspiration For 'Tiny Dynamite' By David Loumgair

It was almost seven years ago that I first picked up a copy of Abi Morgan’s TINY DYNAMITE, hidden amongst hundreds upon hundreds of plays, in the old premises of ...

9 January 2018

My Inspiration For Making Monster By Joe Sellman-Leava

The inspiration was being in a play about domestic violence, back in 2009. In rehearsing and researching for this, I wondered what makes someone choose to lash out, given that ...

2 January 2018

10 Reasons Why We Need More Women In Theatre

Fat Rascal Theatre are an award-winning company run by women who aim to challenge the constraints of being a female within the arts industry, and discuss social and political issues ...

19 December 2017

10 Things I'd Like People To Know About Me By Elif Knight

Elif Knight is an award-winning British actress, receiving the Patricia Rothermere/Evening Standard Theatre Award, awarded by Sir Richard Attenborough when she was just 17. Soon afterwards, she starred alongside Sir ...
13 December 2017

10 Reasons Why I Create Theatre That Speaks To Young People

Catherine Lamb has performed in some of television’s most popular shows to date including Netflix's The Crown and C4's Cucumber. And she's no stranger to theatre, gracing stages across the country, ...

12 December 2017

Niall Ransome Shares His Inspiration For FCUK’D

I've always been interested in stories where things happen. From the beginning you're thrown into it. In the UK it is estimated that around 100,000 children run away from home ...

17 November 2017

My Inspiration For Creating 'The Lost Boy Peter Pan'

BY ADAPTER AND DIRECTOR ALEXANDRA SPENCER-JONES My whole life I have been a Wonderland kid – obsessed with Alice’s journey down the rabbit hole and the oddballs she met en ...
16 November 2017

Review: War Horse, Liverpool Empire Theatre

Following its eight-year run in London’s West End, I was delighted to hear that War Horse was finally coming to the North West as part of its 10th anniversary tour. ...
13 November 2017

A Day In The Life Of Artist Cristina BanBan

I normally start my day pretty early, waking up at around 7.30 or 8.00am. However, I don’t like to set an alarm as I prefer to work on my paintings ...

7 November 2017

10 Things I’d Like My People To Know About Me By Koko Brown

Koko Brown is a theatre-maker blending spoken word and vocal looping whose new show WHITE comes to Ovalhouse from 15 – 25 November 2017. I own every classic Disney film ...

31 October 2017

The Rise Of Improvised Comedy By Sarah Powell

It’s a Thursday evening and I am sitting in a room above a pub, next to a lady I’ve never met before. I am pulling imaginary things out of an ...
30 October 2017

10 Things I'd Like People To Know About Me By Kate Perry

Referred to as “a major talent” (Edinburgh Festival magazine), “captivating” (San Francisco Examiner) and hailed by the Radio Times, Kate Perry has been enthralling Radio 4 listeners and theatre goers ...

17 October 2017

Review: Flashdance, Liverpool Empire Theatre

Having never seen the film, I was fairly open-minded when I went to see Flashdance at the Liverpool Empire last night and was looking forward to being entertained by the ...
16 October 2017

James And Ola Jordan Promise ‘Hot, Dirty Dancing’ With Upcoming UK Tour

As the former leading couple of Strictly Come Dancing, Ola and James Jordan will next year be touring the UK with their first ever collaborative string of dates in James ...
10 October 2017

Review: The Comedy Store, Warrington, October 2017

Well it’s that time of year again- the nights are darker and the weather has taken a turn for the worst- so we all need a giggle. Thankfully, that is ...
4 October 2017

The Kite Runner Review, The Lowry Theatre Manchester

Following a critically-acclaimed run on the West End, The Kite Runner is now touring 11 cities and towns across the United Kingdom and is this week stopping at The Lowry ...

3 October 2017

Laura Ford Discusses Her New Show 'All The Little Lights'

In 2014 Fifth Word commissioned Jane Upton to write a new play. This was Fifth Word’s second collaboration with Jane after premiering her critically acclaimed debut Bones. It was at ...

13 September 2017

[Exclusive] Bianca Del Rio Reveals 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Her…

Bianca Del Rio is without a doubt one of the most enigmatic and successful drag personalities in the world. Winning the sixth season of critically-acclaimed reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag ...

11 September 2017

Katy Brand Reveals The Inspiration For Her New Show 'I Could've Been An Astronaut'

Peggy Whitson is a 57-year-old American woman from Iowa. She has just returned from space. You may have read about her earlier in the year, when she was congratulated by ...

29 August 2017

Book Story And The Age Of The Page

By Ben Glasstone (Artistic Director of MONSTRO Theatre, the Pioneers of the Puppet Musical) About ten years ago I was staring at a shelf of oversized books in a library ...

21 August 2017

Daliso Chaponda Reveals The Inspiration For His New Show

Simple guide to having videos of yourself on the internet, don’t read the comments!  20 messages of sycophantic adulation and one “he’s terrible” will ruin your day.  It’s like reading ...

18 August 2017

Rachelle Elie Discusses The Inspiration For Her New Show

For the last 15 years I have been creating and touring one-woman comedy character shows such as Joe: The Perfect Man (Outstanding Comedy Award, Ottawa Fringe) and Big Girls Don’t Cry (Best in Fest, ...

15 August 2017

My Inspiration For The New Adaptation Of Jekyll and Hyde By Nick Lane

I couldn’t understand it. I’d read RL Stevenson’s short story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde as a teenager and thoroughly enjoyed it,  and yet, when I ...

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