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INTERVIEW: Tom Vallen on A Gym Thing

A Gym Thing, a play that profiles Body Dysmorphic Disorder, (BDD) and was a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe is currently playing at London’s Pleasance Theatre. Written by and starring, Tom Vallen, A Gym Thing is a complex and powerful love story set within a 60-minute physical workout.   Will, played by Vallen, is a regular at his local gym ...

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NEWS: There’s Hijinx at Cardiff Airport thanks to Arts & Business Cymru’s 100th Investment

An initiative that will see staff at Cardiff Airport being trained by actors with learning disabilities to help improve their communications skills is the 100th project to benefit from a funding injection by Arts & Business (A&B) Cymru’s CultureStep programme. The forward-thinking scheme will see 20 members of the Airport’s security staff undergoing training with six learning disabled actors from ...

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SEAGULLMACHINE – La Mama, New York

[SEAGULLMACHINE] [La Mama, NYC] (c)Theo Cote

Writer: Anton Chekhov, Heiner Müller, The Assembly Adaptor: The Assembly Director: Jess Chayes & Nick Benacerraf Reviewer: Jamie Rosler “In a world gone mad, what is the role of theatre?” So asks The Assembly in their production note in the program for the world premiere of SEAGULLMACHINE at La Mama. An innovative mash-up of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, Heiner Müller’s ...

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INTERVIEW: Jesse Meadows on The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Education, Education, Education

Education, Education, Education: then, a nineties political mantra, now a nostalgia-fest of nineties music, Tamagotchis, and timely political poignancy in a riotously funny and reflective piece of theatre from, Bristol-based, The Wardrobe Ensemble. Putting politics in the comprehensive, the play is a charming charge through the hopeful optimism of teachers and children alike in the aftermath of Tony Blair’s election, ...

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INTERVIEW: Ruthie Henshall on Chicago, Mama Morton and taking life as it comes

An unquestionable legend in the world of musical theatre, Ruthie Henshall has astounded audiences in London’s West End and on Broadway, served as a judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice and is an Olivier award winner and five-time nominee. Just before she stepped on stage in London’s Phoenix Theatre as Mama Morton in Chicago, she spoke to The Reviews Hub’s Fraser ...

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INTERVIEW: 91-year-old James Hugh Macdonald on his debut play, Happy Warriors.

In the same week that Britain’s two eldest men celebrated their 110th birthdays, James Hugh Macdonald, in comparison a sprightly 91-year-old, saw his debut play, Happy Warriors receive its world premiere at the Gatehouse Theatre in London. Having worked in both journalism and the Diplomatic Service before retirement, Macdonald took almost 10 years to write his first play. Based on ...

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