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INTERVIEW: Toby Ealden on Gatecrash

Zest Theatre's Toby Ealden

How to engage young audiences is a challenge facing many venues. For Lincoln-based Zest Theatre, though. it’s at the heart of all the company does.The company is about to tour its interactive show for teenage audiences, Gatecrash, that uses Silent Disco headphones to allow the audience to listen in to various parts of a house party. Artistic Director Toby Ealden ...

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INTERVIEW: Vicki Michelle on playing Marilyn Monroe

Vicki Michelle as Marilyn Monroe in Hello Norma Jeane

She may be known to many as the purring sex kitten waitress Yvette in the classic series 'Allo 'Allo, but Vicki Michelle is about to step into the shoes of another sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe, in Hello Norma Jeane at London’s Park Theatre. In a break from rehearsal, she talks to Paul Couch about the role and her career. So ...

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16 For 2016: Jamie Eastlake

Jamie Eastlake of Theatre N16

For the geographically challenged, Theatre N16 may prove to be somewhat confusing. Having started life in Stoke Newington N16, the theatre moved across the river in 2015 to set up a new permanent home above the Bedford Pub in Balham. Despite its N16 name, it has firmly established itself in the Balham community. The small N16 team is headed by ...

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INTERVIEW: Alan Mahon reflects on outrageous fortune

There's a lot in Shakespeare's Hamlet that's simply padding - they didn't have a lot to do in the 17th Century so a four-hour visit to the theatre was a welcome break to the monotony. Kris Hallett spoke to actor Alan Mahon ahead of Bristol Tobacco Factory Theatre's latest outing for the work and found there's much to be said ...

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INTERVIEW: VAULT Festival’s Andy George goes underground

While commuters jostle for position and rush to catch their trains, in the Victorian tunnels below Waterloo Station a party is going on. For the next six weeks, the VAULT Festival returns to London, creating eight venues, three bars and even a restaurant underneath Waterloo Station, seeing over 100 different shows, from comedy and cabaret to hard-hitting political theatre and ...

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INTERVIEW: A trio of Hamlets for Hamlet Peckham

Sharon Singh, Max Calandrew and Izabella Urbanowicz in Hamlet Peckham

Hamlet is always seen as a big theatrical event. While the recent Benedict Cumberbatch Hamlet may have gained much media attention, audiences attending Shakespeare Peckham’s production of Shakespeare’s classic tale will certainly get their monies worth, with not one, but three Hamlets on stage. Ahead of press night, Glen Pearce spoke to the three Hamlets;Sharon Singh, Max Calandrew and Izabella ...

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INTERVIEW: Tim Fitzhigham on The Gambler

Tim Fitzhigham in The Gambler

Comedian Tim Fitzhigham first performed his show The Gambler in 2011. As he starts a new UK tour of the show and a version is also playing on Radio 4, Fitzhigham spoke to Glen Pearce about the show, the historical challenges and being the first person after Queen Victoria to have a toilet named after him.   You’ve just started ...

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INTERVIEW: What Luke Wright learned from Johnny Bevan

Luke Wright

For half of his life, stand-up poet Luke Wright has been tying audiences up in knots with his punchy, often controversial, monologues in verse while, at the same time, mentoring other up-and-coming poets. He's one of a new generation of angry young men (and women) who intend using words as a mirror to reflect humanity's flaws and comic foibles. Now, ...

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