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Rev Stan
London
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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Shh, it's a rainy Sunday afternoon... it's Ben Whishaw's birthday so in 'celebration' here are the stage performances of his that are my favourites. Hamlet, Old Vic Ok so technically I didn't see him perform it live but I have seen the V&A video recording a couple of times. His... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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1. The Twilight Zone to get a West End run I described the Almeida's Twilight Zone as 'sinister and silly fun' when I saw it in December last year and now it's getting a stint in the West End. It will run from 4 March to 1 June at the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I nearly booked to see Cillian Murphy in Grief Is The Thing With Feathers when it was playing at the O'Reilly Theatre in Dublin earlier this year. Jumping on a plane to see a play isn't unprecedented, I've been to see Ben Whishaw in New York - twice* - but... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Repeated phrases become vacuous in their repetition suggesting that the political narrative has similarly become empty. Fuel Theatre's Summit in rehearsal Ten minutes into Summit and I'm irritated. It's not the woman loudly crunching on her supper next to me although that is annoying, rather the fact that on stage... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Bullet Hole is brave in its exposure of FGM and the culture around it and it feels like a starting point for a wider narrative. A play about female genital mutilation is never going to be an easy watch but I particularly was drawn to Bullet Hole to better understand... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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In its 8th ghoulish and gory year, the London Horror Festival opens on 7 Oct at the Old Red Lion Theatre and I sat down with producer Katy Danbury to get the low down on what to expect. What can we expect from the London Horror Festival? First and foremost,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Inheritance is an epic two part story of love, loss and life - think of it as this year's Angels in America. It is a playful play with laugh out loud moments but in a blink, it is full of pathos and tragedy. It is a play full of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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This month sees the European premiere of American playwright Ken Urban’s acclaimed A Guide for the Homesick, starring Douglas Booth and Clifford Samuel and directed by Jonathan O’Boyle. L-R Clifford Samuel (Teddy) & Douglas Booth (Jeremy) in Rehearsals for A Guide For The Homesick. Photo: Helen Maybanks Described as a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Tickets went on sale this week for what must surely count as two of London's must-see plays of 2019: All My Sons, Old Vic and All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre. All About Eve: Gillian Anderson and Lily James. Photo: Perou The new production of Arthur Miller's All My Son's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Karen Archer's performance gives the impression of someone who has run off a cliff and is still running, her sarcasm and sharpness serving to emphasise her vulnerability in those moments she begins to realise she's falling. Karen Archer & Neil McCaul in The Other Place at the Park Theatre. Photo... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It's a play I still remember fondly and I was right to think that Colin Morgan was 'one to watch' Colin Morgan in Vernon God Little, Young Vic Theatre, 2007 It's 10 years since the BBC's Merlin first aired, which I loved, but one of the reasons I started watching... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Meaningful debate, clever thought and persuasiveness get overshadowed by ego manifested as sneering, sarcasm and physical violence. The Sword of Alex. Photo: Valeria Coizza Power and identity are at the heart of Rib Davis' play The Sword of Alex. A confrontation between leader Antonio (Patrick Regis) and Karl (DK Ugonna),... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Great to see a play challenging gender stereotypes but doing it in a way that is both fun and considered Hear Me Howl. Photo: Will Lepper Jess (Alice Pitt-Carter) is nearly 30, lives with her boyfriend Taj and has an unstimulating office job. It's an ordinary life, one she feels... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Metaphors aside it is difficult to determine whether Foxfinder is supposed to be an atmospheric thriller or a surreal comedy Iwan Rheon and Paul Nicholls in Foxfinder. Photo: Pamela Raith. The Foxfinder of the title is William (Iwan Rheon) sent to examine the farm of Judith (Heida Reed) and Sam... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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A play that stimulates, entertains and enlivens and leaves you feeling like you've been at a gig Arinzé Kene's play Misty has transferred to the Trafalgar Studios from a sell-out run at the Bush Theatre giving more people the opportunity to see a play that is unlike anything else you'll... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Seductive and sad, it revulsed, chilled and gripped. Brendan Coyle in St Nicholas. Photo: Helen Maybanks The Donmar has set about making this production of Conor McPherson's monologue St Nicholas an exclusive, intimate and atmospheric experience. Performed by Brendan Coyle at the theatre's rehearsal space in Dryden Street, the temptation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Edward's writing has the wit and bluntness of the Manchester vernacular but is inflected with a sugar-free poetry. The Political History of Smack and Crack. Photo: The Other Richard It's Manchester in the 1980s. Neil (Neil Bell) and Mandy (Eve Steele) are kids, too young to be out at night... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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That Girl manages to be both a unique character study and easily relatable in the way it examines early adulthood. That Girl is Hatty (Hatty Jones) plucked from obscurity to play the lead in what would become a cult children's film. Now grown up she works in advertising and we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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"Having these six munitionettes tell the story adds a theatrical quality to the play in a play that provides a lot of fun." Getting its first staging for three decades, Tony Harrison's World War I-set play Square Rounds is based on true events and explores the devastating impact of chemical... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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There is often a lot happening and sometimes it too easily diverts attention from the central narrative. I'm watching the O'Donnell family's voluntary mute, aged uncle slowly peel away wallpaper at the of the back of the stage when I should be listening to whoever is speaking. Later an imaginary... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Fresh from Edinburgh Fringe: The Political History of Smack and Crack draws on writer Ed Edwards' own experience of narcotics dependency to examine how the politics of the 80s trapped people in poverty and addiction. Ed Edwards Here the former circus performer talks about the importance of entertainment in theatre... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It all adds up to make a play that is entertaining, powerful and refreshingly broad and detailed in its female narrative. Clare Barron's play Dance Nation at the Almeida not only sees life through the female lens it touches on subjects that are generally treated as taboo. On one level... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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August was dominated by Edinburgh for me but the London theatre wheels were still turning; here's my round up of my favourite bits of news, my theatre hits and misses and few celeb spots...(let me know if I missed anything while I was north of the border). Sally Field and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Christopher Sherwood and Katie Buchholtz in The Peregrine, Stockwell Playhouse New York playwright Philip Holt's new play The Peregrine is a thriller set in Argentina where protagonist Paul (Christopher Sherwood) is a fixer of the gun-toting kind. He wears sharp suits and stays in nice hotels and has come a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hi Ian, You make a good point about perhaps asking too much of theatres but the language often used to describe theatre and plays by theatres and theatre makers - suggests a feeling of its importance beyond storytelling. But I think that is a separate issue and one that needs further exploring in a another post. What I'm suggesting with this piece is that the scope of content - stories if you want - is still too narrow. I'm not suggesting ignore old stories but, for example, where are old stories from a BAME perspective (or female)? There are so many plays about white, middle class people, I want to hear from more diverse voices, whether they are from the past or now.