Theatre on the cheap

The Royal Court Theatre

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The helm of new writing and one of my favourite theatres in London brings the play ‘I See You’

I SEE YOU by Mongiwekhaya – Genesis Foundation Project

“I don’t need your sorries white boy, yes. You heard right. You know white people think we are the same? We both look black. But only one of us is black”

Post-Apartheid South Africa, after dark.

Ben meets Skinn for a night out. But the party is interrupted by the police. Ben, a young student who doesn’t know his own history, is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. And Officer Buthelezi, a former freedom fighter, can’t let it go.

Based on a real encounter.

“Speak to me in your mother-tongue and I will let you go.”

Noma Dumezweni makes her directorial debut. After its run in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. So don’t miss out and book your ticket pronto.

Southwark Playhouse

Orphans– 10th Feb- 5th March

Start Time 8pm, Matinee Starts 3.30pm, Running Time 135, Price £20 | £16 conc. | £12 previews

The Story

Deserted in childhood by their father and the death of their mother, two orphaned brothers find themselves neglected and forgotten living in a decrepit house in North Philadelphia. Surviving as a pickpocket, the ruthless and violent Treat provides for his naïve and feral younger brother Philip; keeping him sealed off from the world, encased in an eternal childhood filled with Errol Flynn movies and Hellman’s mayonnaise.

Upping his game, one night Treat kidnaps wealthy Chicagoan Harold. With motives of his own, this charming and mysterious man adopts the boys, becoming the father they never had. Harold soon stirs tensions between the two brothers, changing forever the delicate power balance of their relationship.

Book Now: southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/orphans/#booking

Theatre N16

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A great venue that supports new writers and their work, run by the lovely Jaime Eastlake. This month they have several good shows taking the stage ‘Can’t Stand up Falling for Down’ ‘The Rules of inflation’.

N16 is a great venue that champions new writing, you can send in your work for scratch nights or full plays to their literacy department. They also put up castings on their websites for inhouse productions. Jaime Eastlake the AD is an accomplished producer, director and forward thinking man, trying to create a creative industry which provides a fair platform for people from all walks of life. Go see any show in their fantastic space and support an up and coming Theatre company with real ethos and passion.

http://www.theatren16.co.uk

Theatre 503

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Another of my favourite theatres in London. A place of fab writing and never a dull performance.

Theatre 503 bring ‘FourPlay’ by Jake Brunger, Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle

16 Feb – 12 March, 7.45pm (Sundays 5pm),

£15/£12 (Pay What You Can Sundays)

Rafe and Pete have hit a rut. After seven and a half blissfully happy years, their lack of sexual experience is driving them apart. When they proposition mutual friend Michael to help out with their problems – knowing full well Michael has his own partner Andrew – what seems like a simple solution quickly spirals out of control. Four Play is a new comic play about sex and commitment in the 21st century.

Instinct Theatre

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Lily Driver

Lily founded Instinct Theatre in 2014, directing and producing the companies sell out run of No Exit. She continues to co- run the business with Felicity Huxley Miners, and is delighted to be acting in their project ‘The Shakespeare Collections.’
Lily has recently co-written and will be acting in contemporary dark comedy, ‘Stench’. To run Feb 10th -12th in The London Theatre in New Cross.
Before Instinct theatre Lily involved herself in short acting courses at Lamda and studied acting at Italia Conti Academy. Lily is currently with 1st Talent Agency. She has been in several productions, her favourites include playing Eva in Accrington Pals and Ariel in The Tempest. Lily has also completed her 8 Lamda exams, including a distinction in Grade 8.
Felicity Huxley-Miners

Felicity played Inez in Sartre’s No Exit in 2014. She now co-runs Instinct Theatre with Lily Driver, acting and producing in The Shakespeare Collections. Felicity then went on to co-write ‘Stench.’ To be performed in New Cross at The London Theatre.
She trained at The BRIT School studying Musical Theatre before spending a year training at Italia Conti in Acting and is a member of the National Youth Theatre.
She has worked in a various theatre productions from Shakespeare to modern immersive and has also done a variety of film work. Favourite credits include a campaign for Vauxhall, Martha in The Cat’s Pyjamas with The London Showcase and corporate work for the RAF and NHS.

Instinct Theatre’s play Stench is about Kate, Beck and Tilly. They are three young women in their twenties, planning a quiet night together in their flat. However when Kate’s brother turns up and invites an unwelcome guest into their midst they really get the party going and things rapidly spiral out of control. As the second act opens events take a turn for the worse and soon the dynamic shifts, revealing far more about each character than they intended.

Instinct theatre also run ‘The Shakespeare collections’

The Shakespeare Collections are workshops and revision classes that focus on the GCSE Shakespeare plays. Each workshop is 90 minutes, and studies the text from a practical approach. Activities include focusing on the plot, key characters, and exam questions, and Instinct Theatre performing key scenes in classical text and in the modern translation

LIly and Felicity’s Theatre company, ideas and goals are growing, 2016 hopes to be a fantastic year. They our offering our Actor Awareness readers a offer on booking for their new play ‘Stench” please follow my page @steffieegg12 for the theatre discount code which will be available soon.

BOOK TICKETS for Stench with their 10% discount code. Go to the day which you want to book through correct link and claim your discount for some top theatre.

Wed 10th- http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/U3h5jcaA3X

Thurs 11th http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/gpYcRvBzZj

Fri 12th   http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/GGdSv9WKyA

Sat 13th (matinee) http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/3BVXrUTMbg

Sat 13th   http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/jmRajhCkzP

 

Theatre for The New Year

The Rolling Stone @ Orange Tree Theatre

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January 14th – Feb 20th

Now if you are looking for something that will have you by the guts look no further

Written by Chris Urch, The Rolling Stone is about Dembe and Sam who have been seeing each other for a while, they should be wondering where this is going and when to introduce each other to their parents. But this is Uganda and they are gay.the consequences of their relationship being discovered wiil be explosive, especially for Dembe whose brother goes into the pulpit every week to condemn the evils of one man sleeping with another.

This play won the Bruntwood prize for playwriting 2013

Ticker Prices £10-£25

http://www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-rolling-stone/about

Swan Bake presented by Second Sons Theatre company

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6th-7th May 2016 @ 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee 1.30pm.

Now if you are looking for some fun theatre that takes your imagination by the horns, why not check out what is bound to be a top show, if the blurb doesn’t get you excited maybe you should check for a pulse!

Written and directed by ‘Soho young theatre writer Samson Hawkins and début production of Second Sons theatre. It is a bold original comedy that splices stand up, puppetry, shouty sons and dancey bits to tell a unique story.The story follows Bell after being fired from the Royal Ballet for being addicted to the fictional drug nonce. She tries to drag herself from the gutter which proves hard when you are hallucinating unicorns, at she has the help of her nun girlfriend Maria who doesn’t fit in at the convent.When a hot shot young preacher turns up who hosts ‘Christ time’ and asks for a favour, the girls lives are thrown into chaos.

Book tickets for this hilarious show

https://suttontheatres.co.uk/events/swan=bake/

Tickets £5-£10

Forget Me Not @ Bush Theatre

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Runs until Januray 16th

So if you want a good heart warming, tear jerking story this new year, look no further than Forget me not at The Bush theatre.

Written by  Tom Holloway and directed by Steven Atkinson. The story tells us of the Gerry in Australia who hopes to meet his mother for the first time, despite being sixty he has spent his whole life thinking he is a orphan.

In Liverpool Mary brews a strong hot cup of tea, nothing posh but she is as nervous as a pig at a Butchers.

Determined to uncover his past, Gerry and his daughter Sally embark on a extraordinary journey home- halfway across the world- in a precarious bid to bring their family together.

Tickets £15-£20

https://bushtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/

Also check out Pink Mist coming up through Bush Theatre. Sets to be another must see theatre show.

The Mother @ Tricycle Theatre

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Jan 21st to March 5th

Fom critical acclaim with The Father (Mollere Best play 2014) Award winning playwright Florian Zeller now brings The Mother.

Gina Mcgee leads a cast in a play that will leave you questioning the very nature of reality. Anna the mother in the play longs for the days of when her sons were younger, has her favoured son returned ? and what about her  husbands suspicious actions.

I’m sure this will be a great production so book your tickets now

http://www.tricycle.co.uk/current-programme-pages/theatre/theatre-programme-main/the-mother/#datesAndTimes

Bit pricey this play at £16-£30, but the cast and the playwright are great so if you can splash out it will be worth it! Maybe give up alcohol for a few weeks then I’m sure your be able to grab a ticket for this!

 

 

 

 

 

Events!!!!

Scratch Night

Every 6 weeks we put on regular scratch nights where 6 short 15 min plays are put on but for new diverse writing, actors, directors etc… to get involved and finally create work. So every 6 weeks we would change the plays/ writers at the scratch night along with the actors and crew to get a good turnover of diverse professionals in the industry. Every scratch night will have a theme such as disability, race, sexuality, etc.. this is giving a plethora of experience, diverse story telling and that opportunity for a professional credit with a chance to showcase ourselves. Also this is building the platform for the festival.

The first scratch night for Actor Awareness took place at The Canal Cafe. A big thank you to Adam Morley yet again for his help. Many people made this night possible.

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Check out more photos a review at theblogoftheatrethings.com/2015/12/21/review-actor-awareness-scratch-night/

The night was so positive, Actor Awareness has been asked to come back in February to do another scratch night, would you like to be involved? I’m looking for 6 new 15 minute shows to put on in February at the Canal Theatre. There has been a huge out cry of various gender issues within our industry so I thought this theme would be perfect. So the next theme is “Women’s Night” the only 3 rules are…

1. Just women writers and directors can take part
2. Do not exceed 15 minutes
3. Submissions have to be in by the 24th of January
Interpretation of the theme is down to you, all you have to do is email your new bit of writing by the 24th to tomstocks0805@gmail.com how does that sound?
Writers Night– January 22nd
Venue- Theatre Deli @7pm-10pm
This evening is where people can come and share stories, stage or film. The way we run this workshop is by letting each person discuss or read some of their play or script for feedback. There will be some actors to help with the read outs. Host tbc.
With the writers night we want to help people develop stories (any genre) to generate new ideas and hopefully even progress stuff through to the scratch nights.
Pls email tanheartssteph@gmail.com for confirmation of a place