Theatre

26 July 2018

Tom Ratcliffe shares what inspired him to create 'Velvet'

This year, I am taking a one-person show to the Edinburgh Festival in which my character, Ben has always dreamt of being a successful actor, and now after years of ...

24 July 2018

Writer and performer Liz McMullen on what inspired her to create the one woman show Stupid Cupid

I have been acting for thirteen years. I love my job. It’s my passion. But it’s also so frustrating that so often I can’t do it. Not enough work. Too ...

23 July 2018

Jenny Horsthuis discusses 'The Three Musketeers'

As a young female actor, I have seen play after play dominated by male characters and in particular those with a classical text. Beautifully constructed plays and novels written by ...
22 July 2018

10 things that make me laugh by Lizzy Skrzypiec, director of Murder, She Didn't Write

As an improviser I find moments of genuine spontaneity the most comedic. We are never more hilariously human than when we react on the spot, instantly and without filter. Here ...

21 July 2018

My inspiration for 'Dominoes' by Phoebe McIntosh

They say everyone has a book in them. The ability to produce at least one tome accounting for some of their time on earth; words they have to speak; a ...

19 July 2018

My inspiration for 'Stardust' by Miguel H Torres Umba

When it comes to creating work, I am particularly interested in looking for ways of speaking out, of telling the world things that bug me, that affect me personally or ...
19 July 2018

My inspiration for 'The Providence of Neighboring Bodies' by Jean Ann Douglass

I spent a decade of my adult life telling people that I didn’t like plays. I like theater, I would say, but I just don’t like plays.  In hindsight, my ...

17 July 2018

My inspiration for 'The Last One' by Gema Galiana

The Last One was created inspired by the song of last Kauai O’o bird who sings a song waiting for a response that will never come. It is the last ...

17 July 2018

The inspiration behind Timmy by Roxy Dunn

My dad came to see the first play I ever wrote – a ten-minute short performed under the leaking underground railway arches of Waterloo Station (previously known as The Old ...

16 July 2018

Writer and performer Lily Bevan talks about her inspiration for 'Zoo'

When Hurricane Irma hit the USA last year I saw an American zoo keeper from Miami on a news report talking about how she was preparing to keep her animals ...

16 July 2018

Kirsty Osmon shares the inspiration behind 'Awakening'

‘Ever woken up somewhere and not known how you got there? I have. And I’m not alone. So why is no-one talking about it? It’s time we do. As a ...

15 July 2018

My inspiration for WEIRD by Lucy Burke

In early 2017 I spent three weeks in a mental health ward. It was a difficult time. Growing up in a working class town just outside of Manchester, my frame ...

15 July 2018

Alissa Anne Jeun Yi shares her inspiration for her new show 'Love Songs'

I’ve heard it said that the first story a writer tells is often focussed on a personal itch they want to scratch. That before you can write about a world ...

12 July 2018

Writer Max Dickins shares what inspired him to create Kin

My name is Max Dickins, I’m the author of a new show, Kin, which is about to be performed at the Edinburgh Festival during August. Kin is a funny, tempestuous ...

12 July 2018

Writer and performer Lydia Larson shares what inspired her to create the play Finding Fassbender

Finding Fassbender is a first for me. It’s the first play I’ve ever written, which means it’s the first time I’m wearing the writer and performer hat simultaneously. But the inspiration ...

9 July 2018

A day in the life of Circa’s Ela Bartilomo

A touring life with Circa often lends itself to quite a varying schedule, however now that we have landed in London for two months I am looking forward to slightly ...

5 July 2018

Mamma Mia! review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Mamma Mia! is back in Manchester for yet another run at the perfect time, just a couple of weeks before the Hollywood blockbuster sequel Here We Go Again hits the ...
8 June 2018

Review: Ruby Wax's Frazzled, Parr Hall Warrington

There has been a spate of celebrities sharing their life stories in theatres around the country of late. Having never been to one, I was unsure what to expect at ...
6 June 2018

Review: Legally Blonde: The Musical, Liverpool Empire Theatre

Having seen (and loved the film) I was excited to see the stage version of Legally Blonde at Liverpool Empire Theatre last night- and it did not disappoint. Legally Blonde ...
17 May 2018

Blood Brothers Review, Palace Theatre Manchester

For over 30 years, Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers has been entertaining audiences on stages across the globe. Now in its final two weeks of its current spring tour, the production ...

3 May 2018

Kindertransport Review, Opera House Manchester

In its 25th year on the stage, Kindertransport this week returned to the Opera House in Manchester, bringing the enchanting story of one young Jewish German girl to audiences all ...

18 April 2018

20th Century Boy Review, Opera House Manchester

Whenever a huge star passes, there’s a wealth of opportunity to tell their life story. Some are incredibly interesting, whilst others would be better left untold. The mystery surrounding the ...

29 January 2018

Judy Rosenblatt Discusses 'Woman Before A Glass'

In 2011, Austin Pendleton saw me do a monologue from Woman Before a Glass and said “You should do the whole play and invite everyone.”  I asked if he would ...

24 January 2018

Daniel Buckroyd Discusses 'Turn of the Screw'- Coming To A Theatre Near You!

Director Daniel Buckroyd kindly talked to us about the thrilling new production of Henry James’ much-loved classic ghost story; Turn of the Screw ahead of it's run, which starts on the ...