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Rev Stan
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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A woman is in her dark flat, hunched over two potatoes, some nails and copper wire trying to make a battery. Her phone is running out of juice, there is a power cut and you have to admire her ingenuity. It's not the first thing I'd think about if the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Going from seeing two or more plays a week to nothing was a huge shock. In those early days, I devoured whatever was on offer online, whatever was free, some paid stuff and I took free trials on some of the streaming services to see what they had. Photo by... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Theatres are starting to open again but a return to normality is a long way off. Some theatres have turned to the internet to show old and new work, have you embraced digital theatre during the lockdown? And will your habits change for the longer term? I've been impressed by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
This week's Sunday theatre question is about when the production design of a play doesn't quite work. It perhaps distracts or gets in the way of the play or maybe makes performing unnecessarily challenging for the actors. I've got a couple of examples that stick in my mind, one was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
This Sunday's theatre question is inspired by a comment Ben Whishaw made in an interview about needing to do more Shakespeare. Watch the video to hear more about the question and my choice. Would love to hear what your choice would be, let me know in the comments. Some suggestions... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Ben Whishaw and Katie Mitchell were interviewed live via Zoom by Wes Williams for Torch Oxford on approaches to acting and directing, creativity during the lockdown and how performance will evolve for the new Zoom-world. Here are the edited highlights and the link to the full hour-long interview is at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I miss sitting in a theatre and watching a live performance. I miss it terribly. But the Old Vic's latest In Camera production - Brian Friel's Faith Healer - not only worked really well as a live stream, it might have worked better. The 'curtain' during scene changes I've seen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Young Vic is celebrating its 50th birthday and while I've only been visiting since 2007-ish, I've seen many fantastic and memorable plays there in that time. Photo: Rev Stan It's one of my favourite theatres, partly because of the variety of work it puts on, partly because the space... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
If you've ever seen Andrew Scott perform Simon Stephens' monologue Sea Wall you'll know he is a master storyteller, deftly lifting words off the page and turning them into something compelling and gripping. Three Kings, beautifully written by Stephen Beresford, gives him even more scope to sprinkle his performance magic.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I saw Uncle Vanya starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage at the Harold Pinter Theatre at the beginning of March and loved it so much I was going to try and get another ticket but then lockdown happened. Uncle Vanya (c) Photography Seamus Ryan and Artwork Muse Creative Communications Much... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I sat in a theatre and watched actors performing on a stage this week for the first time since the beginning of March. It was wonderful and strange and made me realise how the pandemic has changed the experience. The play was called F**k Off, at the Bread and Roses... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hi Liz, I'm so pleased you found the post and thank you for commenting. I will always remember the production as my first Hamlet and the amazing 'Gertrude'. If only I'd realised at the time what stars those actors in the smaller roles would become. Amazing that you got to work with them so early in their careers.
Creation Theatre has taken online live performance to a whole new level with its latest family show Alice. Leda Douglas in Creation Theatre's Alice Described as a virtual theme park, this is part interactive theatre, part style your own adventure, part video game and it is enjoyed from the comfort... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Is it ironic that in going to the theatre with strict social distancing in place, I felt closer to an actor than at any time before? The Donmar has opened its doors, the first major theatre in London to do so, but with live performance still not allowed it has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
When theatres had to close in March, I thought it might be a month or two before I was back watching live performance again. As the weeks passed, it became obvious that it was going to be much, much longer and I stopped thinking about when I might return. Did... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Sunday Theatre Questions started on my Instagram and FB channel back in February and I'm really enjoying reading the answers and stories. So, I thought I'd share some of them here, starting with my first Sunday Theatre Question: And here are some of the choices from the good theatre fans... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I've been waiting for Cultural Capital to publish her thoughts about how the National Theatre saved lockdown and what it means for future audience relations. We've discussed it a couple of times in recent weeks, having both noticed a change in the relationship between theatres and their audiences. Photo by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Anyone who has followed my blog for a while will know my favourite actor is Ben Whishaw. It's an admiration of talent pure and simple, I may not always like the play (or film) he chooses but he never disappoints in what he brings to his roles. Ben Whishaw in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I never got to see Lungs when it was on stage and I nearly didn't get to see this live online version because of the Old Vic's odd approach to ticketing - charging normal theatre prices for people to sit in their own homes to watch. But putting that to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Theatre makes a massive contribution to the UK whether it is in the jobs it creates, the billions it generates for the economy, the outreach programmes for local communities and of course what it gives to you and me as theatre-goers. Its future is at risk which is heartbreaking, in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
There is a lot that is fabulous about Somebody Jones' verbatim play Black Women Dating White Men, one of which is that it works so well on Zoom. Black Women Dating White Men by Somebody Jones Five black women, sometimes with a glass a wine in hand or in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Humour is personal, what one person finds hilarious might fall flat for someone else. And it is really difficult to get right, comic timing is a great skill. Now I love dark comedy, the uncomfortable laugh that makes you think but I'm also partial to the silliness of a good... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, hate crime targeted at East and South-East Asians has tripled and We R Not Virus is a series of monologues, films and poetry responding to that. Kirsty Rider in We R Not Virus Over the course of an hour, you see a selection of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I agree John, it is an opportunity missed. Such a shame. By the time I got to the front of the queue tickets were £55 and I can't justify spending that at the moment particularly not to sit in my living room and watch my own telly.
Anyone else wondering why the Old Vic has decided to sell tickets for the live-streamed performances of Lungs in the way it has? And by that, I mean pricing tickets and limiting the numbers as if people are actually coming to watch it in the theatre. You don't get a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog