Category Archives: Interviews

Gob Squad’s Sharon Smith speaks to Theatrefullstop about performing at this year’s Meltdown Festival!

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For those who are not aware, the Meltdown Festival returns for its 22nd outing this year! With a host of celebrity names having curated the festival in years past, this year’s host is following suit. A multi award winning musician and lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of new wave band Talking Heads, David Byrne brings an eclectic line up of musical performances and exciting theatrical experiences. Having been noticed and admired by the man himself in New York, the celebrated and forward thinking Gob Squad join this year’s line up. Theatrefullstop were lucky enough to speak to one of its performers, Sharon Smith, about the importance of collaboration, making work, no matter the budget and being a fan of David Byrne’s work!

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Director Ahil Ratnamohan speaks to Theatrefullstop about his latest work, Star Boy Productions!

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From Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September, the Southbank Centre will witness 4 days of talks, discussions, musical performances, theatrical productions and art, all revolving around the culturally rich continent of Africa. Africa Utopia 2015 promises to start, and continue various discussions in the UK, from identity, to migration. Star Boy Productions tackles the latter, and its director, Ahil Ratnamohan speaks to Theatrefullstop ahead of the show about the collaborative nature of the ensemble, inspirations for the show and what he truly thinks of the unavoidable headlines.

Star Boy Productions is set to be performed at the Southbank Centre this September as part of the Africa Utopia Festival. How are you feeling ahead of the festival?

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IdeasTap Underbelly Award winner, Giles Roberts speaks to Theatrefullstop about his latest work, Much Further Out Than You Thought.

imageWith war, especially living in the west, it’s easy to build up the idea of war being separate to the lives that we live. War is always painted as being very ‘black and white’, there’s this idea that there is ‘good versus evil’, and that it is the absolute last resort to dissolve political and social ills. War is a bold term, however when broken down, many humans beings are risking their lives for the greater good. IdeasTap Underbelly Award winner Giles Roberts focuses his latest piece, Much Further Out Than You Thought on a soldier’s life after war, placing a human face on a widely reported but often misrepresented term.

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Ideastap Underbelly Award Winner Toby Peach Speaks to Theatrefullstop about his latest work, The Eulogy of Toby Peach!

IMG_0116When you think of a Eulogy, this would most likely be associated with a speech given by a loved one at a funeral. Cue IdeasTap Underbelly Award winner Toby Peach, who turns this very notion of a Eulogy on its head, and uses it as a means to celebrate life whilst living. Ahead of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Theatrefullstop were able to speak to the writer and performer about his battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at a young age, what he’ll take away from IdeasTap’s legacy and what he’d like for audiences to take away from his show.

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Co-Founder and Co-Director of Brazilian performance troupe Balé de Rua, Fernando Narduchi, speaks to Theatrefullstop about their new production, Baila Brazil!

Fernando NarduchiWith Rio set to host next year’s Olympic games, Brazil will once again have the world’s spotlight placed on them as billions eagerly await to see what Brazil will bring to the table. Known for their vibrant genres of dance, heart thumping musical rhythms and their colourful costumes, Brazil is set to get the party started! Amongst the many aspiring performance troupes working day in and day out to perfect their craft, Balé de Rua have risen above the ranks and have taken the world by storm. Ahead of their performance of Baila Brazil at the Southbank Centre this August, Co-Founder and Co-Director Fernando Narduchi speaks to Theatrefullstop about the importance of dance culture within Brazil, there not being enough dance opportunities for Brazilians and Balé de Rua performing at some of the world’s most prestigious events!

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Former West End Producer James Clutton Speaks to Theatrefullstop about this year’s Opera Holland Park Festival!

imageIt’s summertime, and with it, brings an abundance of festivals, whether that be music, food or theatre. However, if you fancy a theatre festival with a difference, then Opera Holland Park is the place to be. If you’re an avid Opera lover, or theatre goer willing to step out of your comfort zone, then try this operatic festival renowned for championing lesser known works. Ahead of the festival, Theatrefullstop were lucky enough to speak producer, James Clutton, about encouraging younger audiences to attend Opera shows, differences and similarities between producing West End Shows and a large scale Opera festival, and making Opera shows more accessible to wider audiences!

Hi James, Opera Holland Park returns for another year from 9th July until 8th August, how are you feeling ahead of the event?

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Ideastap Underbelly Award winner Ben Norris Speaks to Theatrefullstop about his latest work, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family!

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With Ideastap sadly closing its doors on July 8th this year, it’s fair to say that the arts charity has changed the artistic landscape for the better. One of its greatest legacies is the Ideastap Underbelly Award, an award that affords for 4 writers and performers to stage, market, develop and perform their work to theatre loving crowds. Ahead of his run of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family, Theatrefullstop speaks to award recipient Ben Norris about the process of writing poetry and plays, themes tackled within the play and the emotional aspect of creating and performing the piece.

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Ideastap Underbelly Award winner Izzy Tennyson speaks to Theatrefullstop about her latest piece, Brute!

imageIt’s just a matter of weeks until Edinburgh witnesses the largest celebration of theatre in the world. As artists, creatives and theatre lovers prepare to make their way to the theatrical hub, it can become very easy to forget that bringing a performance from page to stage can be a lengthy process. Ideastap Underbelly Award winner Izzy Tennyson is set to perform her latest work, Brute at the Udderbelly Cowgate throughout the festival. Ahead of her Edinburgh run, Izzy speaks to Theatrefullstop about being an award winner, the lack of female roles within theatre and being mentored by the multi talented Penny Woolcock. ‘Brute’ is the winner of the Ideastap Underbelly Award.

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Bryony Kimmings Speaks to Theatrefullstop About her latest production, Fake It ‘Til You Make It!

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It’s safe to say that in 2015, we have moved on technologically, scientifically and socially in a lot of respects. However, with the latter, socially we are still behind in terms of the perception of mental illness. An issue that usually brushed under the carpet, there appears to be an attitude whereby if it can’t be seen then it doesn’t not exist, except, it does. Inspired to create a piece of theatre placing the issue of mental illness at the forefront, award winning performance artist, Bryony Kimmings speaks to Theatrefullstop about her autobiographical production, Fake It ‘Til You Make It!

‘Fake It ‘Til You Make It’ is an award winning show, having won the ‘Best Theatre Award’ at Perth’s Fringe World Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival? How did it feel to win the awards?

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Musical Writer and Director, Edward Greenwood speaks to Theatrefullstop about Aadapting Tommy Wiseau’s, The Room for the stage!

Musical Writer and Director, Edward Greenwood’s adaptation of cult film, The Room for the stage.

 We all love a good cult movie- as is proof from the hundreds of midnight screenings for films such as Trolls 2 and Rocky Horror Picture Show over the decades. Taking to the stage are two new adaptations of some of the world’s most loved cult films- Shock Treatment, Richard O’ Brien’s “parallel reality” film based on characters from Rocky Horror, and “the Citizen Kane of bad movies”, The Room by Tommy Wiseau. Theatrefullstop talked to the adapters behind these smash cult successes, Tom Crowley and Edward Greenwood. 

A lot of people will recognise The Room The Musical as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”. What drew you to adapting the film for stage.

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