Interview: Chalk Roots Theatre’s Saulius Kovalskas on the Company’s Out of Control Series

What do you do when you’re a theatre maker without the means of creating live theatre for live audiences? You adapt. You go online. You create work which tells the stories of our current experiences and explore the human condition through a slightly different lens - at least that’s what Chalk Roots Theatre (and others)... Continue Reading →

Interview: Francesca Caruso Talks Religion, Clowning & Solo Show Pater Noster

Francesca Caruso’s solo show, Pater Noster, has just enjoyed an online run via the Command Fringe Festival and is set to be available for audiences again very soon. Here she shares insights into her love of clowning and bouffonnerie and the personal experiences of religion which prompted her to explore Catholicism and its rituals in... Continue Reading →

Interview: Lisa Howard Talks Park Bench Theatre, Every Time a Bell Rings & Life in Lockdown

Guest interview: Steve Pratt chats with Lisa Howard ahead of her work with Engine House Theatre’s Park Bench Theatre season in York. Lisa Howard went back to the land during lockdown. “I went allotmenting, growing stuff and trying to feed the world from my allotment. I was imagining the worst, that there would be no... Continue Reading →

Interview: JustOut Theatre’s Gabriel Stewart Chats About New Radio Play Series JustOut Stays In

JustOut Theatre have been keeping busy while theatres are closed, launching JustOut Stays In, a series of radio plays written and produced by Northern creatives. The company is eager to give Northern-based artists new opportunities to share their work and with the project well and truly underway, I caught up with Gabe Stewart to chat... Continue Reading →

Interview: Lemon House Theatre’s Jennifer Cerys & Samia Djilli on Launching the Lemon Lounge Series

There’s a new series of talks with theatre creatives in town thanks to Co-Artistic Directors of Lemon House Theatre, Jennifer Cerys and Samia Djilli. Over lockdown, they’ve launched Lemon Lounge, a series of talks focusing specifically on Queer artists and artists from the Middle Eastern and North African diaspora, looking at the individual experiences of... Continue Reading →

Spotlight On: Backstage and Beyond

Interviewing theatre folk has quickly become my favourite thing in lockdown. With theatres closed, I’ve been bamboozled by what to do with the gained hours. Think about it. No hours travelling to and from theatres; no pre-show socialising; no hours in auditoriums watching shows; no time spent chatting in intervals or post-show drinks; no time... Continue Reading →

Interview: Ryan Thornhill Talks Couch Readings & Launching a New Online Fringe Festival

Ryan Thornhill has been keeping very busy since theatre spaces went dark for lockdown. Having already launched Couch Readings, an online project which sees creatives engaging with table readings of their work online, he’s now getting ready to launch the Thornhill Theatre Space World Wide Virtual Fringe Festival which will run across the month of... Continue Reading →

Interview: Caley Powell Talks Unexpected Opportunities & the Light On Showcase

Lights Down Productions might be away from the stage for now but Producer Caley Powell has taken the opportunity provided by this unexpected hiatus from live theatre to launch an exciting online showcase. Powell is all about providing a platform for female identifying playwrights and new writing - and this showcase delivers exactly that each... Continue Reading →

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