Category Archives: Interviews

Circus Performer Clarke MacFarlane, A.K.A Mario Queen of the Circus speaks to Theatrefullstop about this year’s La Soirée!

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If you’re looking for the unconventional, the amazing, the unapologetically daring this Christmas season, then La Soirée promises to tick all of these boxes. Renowned for its eclectic line up of aerialists, jugglers, contortionists, hula hoopers… the list goes on, the Olivier award winning circus variety show has garnered praise both nationally and internationally. This year’s line up witnesses yet another impressive assortment of creatives, including the multi talented performer, Clarke MacFarlane, A.K.A Mario Queen of the Circus whose expertise in juggling, unicycling and comic timing, have seen the Freddy Mercury inspired performer create a unique stamp on the circus world. Ahead of La Soirée‘s Christmas run,  Theatrefullstop were able to speak to Clarke about the importance of showcasing diversity within the circus world, his inspirations for training in the circus arts and why London is his favourite place to perform.

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Producer of Pants on Fire Theatre Collective, Daisy Hale talks to Theatrefullstop about their latest production Ovid’s Metamorpheses!

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Pants on Fire are a theatre company based in London who create original, dynamic, visually brilliant and widely accessible theatre. With a focus on ensemble, visual storytelling, energetic play and theatricality, Pants on Fire have devised some incredible shows. Their latest production, Ovid’s Metamorphoses will be performed this October, and is set to be a fantastic piece. I caught up with producer Daisy Hale to find out more about the company and their latest work.

Who are Pants on Fire?

PANTS ON FIRE is a London based ensemble, which celebrates visual theatricality, style and the language of theatre. Ovid’s Metamorphoses premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. The show ran for a month Off Broadway at The Flea Theater, in January 2011, and went on to tour the UK. The show was given the Whats On Stage Editors Award, an award especially created for the show. Peter Bramley is our Artistic Director and founder of Pants on Fire and has directed all of the company’s shows to date. He is head of movement at Rose Bruford College. He was in the last final-year group to have ever trained with the late Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

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Artist and Perfomer Selina Thompson speaks to Theatrefullstop about her latest work, Dark and Lovely soon to show at the Ovalhouse Theatre!

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Whether you’re the type of person to spend hours in the mirror perfecting your hairstyle or the type to just wake up and quickly run your hands through your hair and leave the house, we all, whether consciously, or subconsciously have an affinity to our hair. The concept of hair is societal, political, emotional and psychological; there’s many strands (excuse the pun) to the initially unassuming body part. Artist and performer Selina Thompson draws on the theme of hair, in particular, black hair in her latest work, Dark and Lovely. Ahead of opening night next month, Theatrefullstop speaks to Selina about creating an immersive piece of theatre, her inspirations for creating the play and offers advice to aspiring performers.

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Playwright Ewald Palmetshofer speaks to Theatrefullstop about his latest work, ‘hamlet is dead. no gravity’ making its UK debut at this year’s VOLTA International Festival!

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The VOLTA International Festival is well and truly underway; an exciting initiative spearheaded by acclaimed director Andrea Ferran, the festival’s aim is to bridge the gap between international playwrights and UK based directors. This year welcomes award winning playwright, Ewald Palmetshofer, who hails from Linz, Austria with his dark comedy, hamlet is dead. no gravity. Ahead of the production’s showing at the festival, Theatrefullstop was lucky enough to speak with the playwright about his inspirations for the play, why he wanted to take part in this year’s festival, and whether he’s driven by a mission statement with his works!

Hi Ewald, Your work, hamlet is dead. no gravity will be showcased at this year’s VOLTA International Festival. How are you feeling ahead of the festival?

I am very exited that my play is staged at the festival and I really do appreciate this opportunity to introduce my work to the english audience. Besides I think that Neil Blackadder has done a truly beautiful translation into English and I am very curious how the actresses and actors of the production will interpret the play, its language and of course both its tragedy and humour.

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Playwright Christopher Chen speaks to Theatrefullstop about his latest work Caught, making its UK debut at this year’s VOLTA International Festival!

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For a fortnight, the Arcola Theatre will welcome a range of collaborations, as four established international playwrights join forces with four esteemed UK directors. Award winning playwright Christopher Chen is accustomed to having his productions staged in the U.S., however the UK will witness his work for the very first time. Ahead of Chen’s play, Caught, debuting at VOLTA, Theatrefullstop were lucky enough to speak to him about working with Offstage Theatre’s Artistic Director, Cressida Brown, whether being an award winner adds pressure to his creation of future works and why he was drawn to take part in this year’s festival!

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Actress Allyson Ava-Brown speaks to Theatrefullstop about her latest role in Ché Walker’s The Etienne Sisters!

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Theatre Royal Stratford East are getting set for their autumn season, where they’ll witness Ché Walker’s, The Etienne Sister‘s take over the East London stage for the next month. A family drama placing the spotlight on three fiery characters, the production promises an evening of hard truths, confrontations and an original soundtrack. Ahead of the production’s opening night, Theatrefullstop were lucky enough to speak to actress and singer Allyson Ava-Brown, who plays Bo, about working with her fellow cast members, whether she identifies with Bo, and what it’s like working with Ché Walker!

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Singer/ Songwriter and Composer Anoushka Lucas speaks to Theatrefullstop about working on Ché Walker’s The Etienne Sisters!

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The Etienne Sisters sets to warm up the Theatre Royal Stratford East Stage this autumn. Written and directed by acclaimed playwright Ché Walker, the drama also features a musical component. The songs featured however would no be made possible without the assistance of a composer and songwriter. Cue both Sheila Atim and Anoushka Lucas, who have teamed up with Walker to create a musical landscape in which the characters inhabit. Ahead of The Etienne Sister‘s debut in Sepetember, Theatrefullstop were lucky enough to speak to singer/songwriter Anoushka Lucas about collaborating with Walker once again, her approach to writing songs for the production and gives advice to aspiring singer/songwriters!

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Playwright and director Ché Walker speaks to Theatrefullstop about his latest work, The Etienne Sisters!

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In the heart of East London, there’s a family of two lamenting the loss of a loved one, which in turn results in the unwelcome arrival of an estranged loved one. Well, in the case of Ché Walker’s The Etienne Sisters, this appears to be the character’s realities. Theatre Royal Stratford East will play host to walker’s fierce and fiery family centred tale, accompanied by a soundtrack courtesy of both singer and songwriters, Sheila Atim and Anoushka Lucas, whom have a proven track record with the critically acclaimed, Klook’s Last Stand, showing last year at the Park Theatre. Ahead of The Etienne Sisters premiere at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Theatrefullstop were lucky enough to talk to Walker about the amount of strong female roles on offer theatrically, themes explored in the play and his inspiration for writing the piece.

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Artistic Director and Founder of CASA Festival Daniel Goldman speaks to Theatrefullstop about this year’s event!

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With the theatre scene in the UK, especially London, we are most definitely spoilt for choice. The UK offers a wide range of theatrical genres and festivals for theatre lovers to choose from. This October, both Rich Mix and the Barbican will witness a selection of shows, courtesy of CASA Festival 2015, showing off the theatrical landscape of Southern America. Performances hail from Brazil to Mexico, offering a slice of Latin American culture. Ahead of this year’s festival, Theatrefullstop were lucky enough to speak with Artistic Director and Founder of CASA, Daniel Goldman about how shows are chosen for the festival, the inspiration for CASA’s creation and what events CASA has to offer.

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Playwright Lynette Linton speaks to Theatrefullstop about her latest work, Chicken Palace!

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It’s rare to walk down a high street without spotting either a bookies, or a chicken and chip shop. It’s a sign of our times at present, a marker of 21st century London. Both seemingly unassuming settings, what dramatically could happen? Well, in Lynette Linton’s refreshing new production, Chicken Palace, the chicken and chip shop setting is given a lease of life. Having made her debut at new writing festival,  Angelic Tales, 3 years ago with her production STEP, Linton has gone from strength to strength in her writing career. Ahead of Chicken Palace‘s debut, Theatrefullstop were lucky enough to speak to the playwright about her inspirations for the play, working with Theatre Royal legends Rikki Beadle-Blair and John Russel Gordon, and offers advice to aspiring playwrights!

Hi Lynette! How are you feeling ahead of the first performance of your new play, Chicken Palace, due to show at Stratford East Theatre Royal?

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