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Rev Stan
It's all about theatre and films with me
Interests: theatre, films, london, photography, young adult fiction
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If you don't leave the theatre, after seeing The Majority, talking about the show and feeling challenged then you weren't really paying attention. Part stand up, part story, part morality test, comedian Rob Drummond examines democracy mixing his own story (with added dramatic licence, he admits) and a series of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
In Bakkhai Ben Whishaw played a god. In Against he plays a man who believes he has been spoken to by God. The difference? Well there is a lot less hair for a start. Luke is a tech billionaire who heard a voice in his head prompting him on a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Catastrophists, White Bear Theatre When Jack Stanley was writing The Catastrophists he couldn't have known that Donald Trump would have been threatening 'fire and fury' on North Korea but it certainly adds an edge to this play about a posh middle class couple having dinner with a couple from... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
After a quiet June, July was a bumper month for announcements and thesp spots... * The cast for The Divide, the new Alan Ayckbourn play, was announced. Clare Burt will be joined by Sophie Melville, Sian Thomas and Finty Williams. It opens at the Edinburgh Fringe this week (8 Aug)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Production photos by Marc Brenner The kitchen set of Alexi Kaye Campbell's play Apologia is framed like a picture. Later art historian and successful writer Kristin (Stockard Channing) will describe a moment of revelation she had when looking at a renaissance painting but as family and friends are reunited for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hi Becky, thanks for taking the time to comment. There are pros and cons to all seats. If you are going to the big theatres the front row can be a disadvantage if the stage is high. I was virtually under the stage for a Private Lives with Matthew Macfadyen and Kim Cattrell. And I've also had my front row view partially blocked by a piece of the set - it's always a teeny bit of a gamble in being that close. I've only queued for day seats but that can also be fun, there's often a lot of camaraderie particularly if people have got to the theatre extra early and you never know who you are going to see - or end up sat next to. When Mr W was doing Mojo I occasionally saw him on his way to the theatre for the weekday matinee while I was out having my lunch time walk. And thanks for reading the blog and my Tweets.
Lisa Gorgin and Selina Giles in The Wasp. Photo by Andreas Grieger The Wasp didn't get off on the right foot for me. It immediately falls into easy stereotypes of the working and middle classes and struggled to pull attention away from that until much later in the play. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Coming up in August at the Donmar Warehouse is the intriguingly titled Knives In Hens by David Harrower starring Christian Cooke, Judith Roddy and Matt Ryan. Yael Farber directs. Previews start on August 17 and then it runs until 7 October and to whet your appetite here are some rehearsal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Consuming theatre or eating the evidence, eh? Great story. I have some random objects I've collected over the years that I've long forgotten where they came from but can't bear to part with.
The front row is generally my favourite place to sit at the theatre for several reasons. I'm short so it's often the only place that guarantees an uninterrupted view and I don't like having heads bobbing into my eye line. Being close also means I can see the whites of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Josette Bushell-Mingo is dressed as Nina Simone, a three piece band on stage plays out a rhythm and she describes the build up to her concert at Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969. It is vivid and evocative and you can almost feel the excitement of the occasion. It also makes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
There are five ways the world will end, we are told by a scientist (Paul Hilton), but Luke's (Joseph Quinn) world is ending, not because of particles and black holes but because of that incident, in the bedroom of the only girl that talks to him. Luke is clever and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Colin Campbell and Evanna Lynch in Disco Pigs, Trafalgar Studios. Photo: Alex Brenner. Pig (Colin Campbell) and Runt's (Evanna Lynch) heads are poking through two slits in a black curtain, recreating their simultaneous births which cemented their friendship. Their description of the fateful events is ripe, vivid and amusing. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hands up all those who remember Tom Hiddleston taking a shower on stage during Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse? Well Tom Hiddleston and that production hasn't got anything on Jack O'Connell and the Young Vic's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. The shower is a permanent part of the opulent,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
This is my first Salome and my first Salome had a man - Matthew Tennyson - playing the titular character. The decision does raise the question of why give over lead female part to a man - it's not like there are a plethora of meaty lead roles for woman.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The RSC's production of new play Queen Anne opens with a satirical song about the monarch's many pregnancies, the joke being that her latest was just trapped wind. It is a humorous song with barbs, Anne is portrayed by a man with fake fat belly and voluminous breasts - her... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
June felt like a quieter month for announcements - or did I miss a load of stuff, please let me know if I did… * The Donmar announced its next two plays with Christian Cooke in David Harrower’s Knives in Hens directed by Yael Farber and then Nikki Amuka-Bird is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Tempest, Barbican Theatre. Photo by Topher McGrillis (c) RSC The opening storm in the RSC's The Tempest at the Barbican is probably the most spectacular I've seen. The stage is set like the inside carcass of a ship, there is lightning and thunder effects as you'd expect but there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
RSC Titus Andronicus production photo 2017. Photo by Helen Maybanks ©RSC If you don't know anything about Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and you are a bit squeamish then probably best give this a miss. The preview performance I saw last Friday had to be halted as someone was taken ill; at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
via GIPHY 2017 is already the year that brought us Andrew Scott's Hamlet, Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman and my introduction to playwright Branden Jacob-Jenkins and it's only six months in. There are a further nine plays I couldn't not include in my 'best of so far' list and that was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Dirty Work (The Late Shift) Forced Entertainment. Photo Tim Etchells The Battersea Arts Centre's performance space is simply dressed: two chairs framed by red stage curtain, draped in a way that has become a symbol of the theatre. Towards the back is a desk, with an old record player and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
One of the early scenes of James Graham's Fleet Street-set play Ink sees Bertie Carvel's Rupert Murdoch at a meeting to officially sign the deal that will put The Sun newspaper in his ownership. It's 1969 and the men in suits shake hands and ask after each other's wives who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Colin Morgan in Gloria at Hampstead Theatre photo by Marc Brenner Spoiler free: I work in an office and I work in publishing so there is definitely stuff to relate to in Branden Jacob-Jenkins play which is set at the offices of a New York magazine. Naturally there are some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Rotterdam - Alice McCarthy, Anna Martine Freeman and Ed Eales-White, photo by Hunter Canning There is a scene in Jon Brittain's Rotterdam when Fiona (Anna Martine Freeman) is on the telephone to her parents. It is New Year's Eve and she is telling them she thinks she's a man. You... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Timely that these production photos for Gloria at Hampstead Theatre have arrived as I'm seeing this tonight. Stupidly excited to see Colin on stage again (it's 10 years since I first saw him in Vernon God Little) and in this play by the brilliant Branden Jacob-Jenkins. Gloria is at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog