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Rev Stan
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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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 2 days ago 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
Head of theatre and artist development at Brixton House (formally Ovalhouse*) Owen Calvert-Lyons talks about life during the lockdown, the post-Covid future for fringe theatre and exciting streaming plans. Owen Calvert-Lyons Head of Theatre and Artist Development at Ovalhouse/Brixton House. Photo: Ludovic Des Cognets. How are you doing during lockdown?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Following on from two fun-filled, family-focused, live-streamed shows, Big Telly Theatre, in collaboration with Riverside Theatre, has chosen a seemingly prescient EM Forster story for its latest piece. The story, The Machine Stops, was written in 1909 and sees people living underground in individual cells, communicating via telephone. An early... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
A short story written by E. M. Forster in 1909 about people living in isolation will get the Big Telly Theatre live performance in lockdown treatment next month. Eerily pertinent to now, the story is about people living underground on their own in cells and illustrates the Victorian era's culture,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Old Vic has announced that Matt Smith and Claire Foy will be doing a socially distanced version of the play Lungs which will be filmed at the theatre and live-streamed. Photo: Rev Stan It will be ticketed and numbers limited to 1,000 per performance so there is an element... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
While there might not be quite as many meaty stage roles for actresses as there are actors (is that changing?) the plethora of acting talent I've seen over the past 10 years made this quite tricky to narrow down. Hence the list of 11 rather than a neat 10 (and... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, reports of anti-Asian hate crime have tripled, in response, a collective of UK creatives of East and South East Asian heritage have put together an online event We R Not Virus. Live-streamed on two days - 13 & 14 June - via Zoom... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
You can't beat the experience of sitting in a theatre watching a live performance but one of the lockdown-positives is a chance to watch stuff I sadly missed and Barber Shop Chronicles is one of those. It feels particularly fortuitous to see it because what is being streamed isn't an... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Sometimes when the actors line up to take a bow at the end of a play it can be emotional, revealing or provoke some spontaneous fun or japes. One of my favourite curtain call moments involved two of the actors doing a joke replay of a scene in the play.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I love curtain calls at the end of plays. It's a revealing time when characters are shaken off - or not - when faces perhaps show the person underneath the acting mask. View from the stage at the RSC Swan Theatre. Photo Rev Stan They can also be a time... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
When the National Theatre announced it was going to be streaming plays from its archive I had a wish list in my head of what I'd like to see or see again. And one of the ones that I really want to see again is Tom Hiddleston's Coriolanus at the... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Operation Elsewhere is Big Telly Theatre's solo digital interactive theatre project having worked with Creation Theatre on The Tempest recently (review here). It is similar in style, using Zoom to bring live performance and audience together virtually. Based on Irish myths but with a contemporary twist, the world of the... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It certainly is. Apart from when it is traumatising.
The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has thrown a whole new light on certain plays, the ones about isolation, loneliness and surreal landscapes. So I've compiled a list of plays that I think reflect the current weirdness and how we might be feeling. Photo by Timon Studler on Unsplash These aren't... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
So what was it that sparked your love of theatre? I'm blaming Daniel Radcliffe for my obsession. Over on Instagram where I first posted this video there are already 'blames' for David Tennant in Hamlet and James McAvoy in The Ruling Class. It seems that I'm not the only one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hot on the heels of Creation and Big Telly Theatres virtual, interactive production of The Tempest, Big Telly is bringing its game-theatre experience online with a new production: Operation Elsewhere. Big Telly Theatre Company's Zoe Seaton Big Telly's artistic director Zoe Seaton talks about creativity, inventiveness and performance during the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I think it will lead to more creativity and open up new audiences for the future.
This stage production of Frankenstein was such a big deal when it was announced. Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller and Danny Boyle at the National Theatre's Frankenstein post-show Q&A Benedict Cumberbatch was just transitioning from jobbing actor into a screen-star and it was also a return to stage directing for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog