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Rev Stan
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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Don't ask me why I was googling Ben Whishaw and Hamlet but I came across this interview which I don't think I've seen before and it struck me because it's probably the most candid he's been about playing the part - and the audition process. Asked how he sees his... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Despite the continual presence of others, the feelings of isolation and vulnerability remain. Breathe is a play about teen suicide told through the eyes of teenagers. Breathe at The Bunker - courtesy of DF Photography In fact, it's produced by youth theatre company Athenaeum which gives it an interesting and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Award-winning writer/director Kat Woods returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with Killymuck, here she talks about breaking working-class stereotypes - and why you should always perform like its press night. What inspired you to write Killymuck? Kat Woods Killymuck is a piece of theatre inspired by my own council estate, benefit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Not content with performing one play at the Edinburgh Fringe director/performers Simon Evans and David Aula are performing two - back to back. The two plays - The Vanishing Man and The Extinction Event - are described as a 'marriage of poignant theatre and spellbinding close-up magic'. Two plays back... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Jessica Connell is a hula hoop artist performing in Circa's Peepshow at the Underbelly. She talks about creating the show, training schedules and popular misconceptions about acrobatics. Jessica Connell performs in Circa's Peepshow What was the inspiration behind Circa’s Peepshow? The inspiration behind the show is about seeing and being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Incognito Theatre Company, winners of the Les Enfant Terribles' 2018 Greenwich Partnership Award are back at the Edinburgh Fringe with a new piece Tobacco Road. Actor Angus Castle-Doughty talks about subverting the gangster genre with untold stories and gives his top tips for first-time Fringe attendees. Angus Castle-Doughty. Photo by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Regular theatre-going is a bit like surfing, sometimes you catch the wave and it carries you exhilarated into shore, sometimes you wipe out only to surface bedraggled and nonplussed. The past week or so has definitely been the latter. The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre - the 'meh' Simon Russell Beale,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Director Madelaine Moore talks about Ladykiller, its charmingly murderous female lead, preparing for the Fringe and what she's looking forward to seeing. And writer Madeline Gould pops in to talk about creating murderous characters. Why is Ladykiller a must see at this year's Edinburgh Fringe? Ladykiller really is unlike any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Danny Robins new play End of the Pier is at times very funny, it touches on some important issues but I'm not sure it fully does them justice and here's why. Les Dennis & Blake Harrison (l-r) in End of the Pier at Park Theatre. Photo by Simon Annand First... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. You are definitely not alone in having thoughts about it being over. The irony of course is regardless of what you think it still doesn't prepare you for when it actually happens. The saying 'goodbye' bit in the book/play is always a very painful reminder. I was alone with my Dad when he died, he was unconscious but I could tell from his breathing that he was going and there was so much I wanted to say to him but a mixture of self-consciousness, fear and grief meant all I could manage was a whispered: 'It's OK'. That still haunts me. I'll be interested to know how it plays to you second time around.
Su Pollard will be making her Edinburgh Fringe debut starring in Harpy, a play written especially for her by Fringe-first winner Philip Meeks. In this preview interview, she talks about playing Birdie, a woman ostracised by her neighbours because of her hoarding, embarking on her first fringe and what she... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
If the interaction between Conor and the Monster is wrong it could damage the integrity of the story, diminish its impact. Reviews can be hard to write for many reasons. Sometimes you might struggle to find the right words or worry about not doing justice to something you thought was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Its rich lyricism is matched by an angry energy but also a sense of love, loyalty and camaraderie. Elliot Warren and Olivia Brady in Flesh and Bone. Photo: Owen Baker Flesh and Bone is an everyday tale of 'oi oi savaloy' East End working classes but told with a revealing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
June was a big month for new production and casting announcements, here are the ones that caught my eye including two Game of Thrones actors heading to the stage. • Angela Carter novel Wise Children has been adapted for the stage by Emma Rice for the Old Vic Autumn Season.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
You leave feeling like you've experienced something like a strange but comforting dream; sweet, sassy and definitely sparkling with spectacle. Circa's Peepshow, photo by The Other Richard A combination of dance tumbles and seemingly impossible acrobatics Circa's Peepshow has more about it than just human daring, physical ability and skill.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
In more than a decade of blogging about theatre, I've never been to the Edinburgh Fringe but that is changing this year. I'm going with the Network of Independent Critics for a week and I'm stupidly excited and slightly overwhelmed already - all tactical and survival advice gratefully received. My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
This is in many ways a polished production but with most of the action set away from the battle fields it does start to feel like you are a spectator at a very long chess game. According to chat in the toilet queue, when Boris Johnson came to see Imperium... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
As the halfway mark of 2018 rushes past, it's time to reflect on the highlights and low lights of London's theatre productions so far (edit: scroll to the bottom for the most read posts). Julius Caesar warm-up gig, Bridge Theatre. Photo: Rev Stan I'm not sure whether it's a reflection... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a deliciously dark, satirical comedy. Cards on the table: I'm a huge Martin McDonagh fan. I like the way he makes you laugh about stuff that shouldn't be funny. He takes something gruesome, cruel or amoral and pokes fun at it by making it matter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It's great to see small production transfer to bigger venues so more people get to experience them but there is always a danger they lose something in a larger space. And so it was with a mixture of excitement and trepidation that I have been to see two transfers recently... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a production, like its central character, that bewitches An austere head in a sensible grey skirt suit is talking to a group of schoolgirls in shapeless grey uniforms and then in swoops a coiffured, red-lipstick, tailored red-dress wearing woman. Just the way she... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Audience participation is an entire sub-section of potential British awkwardness.
It's just sitting in the dark watching people talking on stage, right? Wrong. Theatre-going is one huge mess of social awkwardness for us Brits and here's why: Photo by Shrinkin' Violet on Flickr 1. Feeling you have to apologise when you stand up to let someone get to their seat.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It was an uncomfortable, seat-squirming, horrifying joy to sit and experience this piece of theatre. Anna Deavere Smith's Notes From The Field at the Royal Court is an important play and one that makes a lot of theatre feel inconsequential. It is a powerful, affecting piece devised and performed by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
RSC's Imperium: Dictator. Photo by Ikin Yum Following a sold-out run in Stratford Upon Avon, the RSC's historical two-part thriller Imperium has its official opening at the Gielgud next week and guess who will be there? Adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton (Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies) from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog