[Press theatre tickets] Southampton's Mayflower Theatre has reopened its doors and is dipping its toes tentatively into the world of post-lockdown events.
NST Young Company has continued to conjure up new worlds and stories in both the absence of their theatrical home, and the challenging environment of lockdown.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is just one more cancelled event of 2020 – another calendrical casualty of COVID-19. Fortunately, thanks to the prevalence of online theatre filling the void left by temporarily empty stages, we don't have to entirely miss out.
This isn't an exhaustive list, and I've probably forgotten a few shows, but here are some of the TV shows, films and theatre screenings I've been enjoying during lockdown.
It's been a long time since my last theatre review. Over fifteen weeks, to be exact, which is the longest I've gone without stepping foot in a theatre auditorium – and writing about it – for two years at least.
This changed last night, however, when I found myself on a very unusual Zoom call; one like no other.
Two weeks ago, Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) was the first theatre to announce its fall into administration, after the blow of the Coronavirus pandemic took its toll on the cultural community.
I originally wrote this poem, Curtains Up, in support of Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) and their fundraising efforts, since they hold a place close to my heart. But really, this poem is for all theatres and performers.
You are so missed, and we will be there once again when the curtain goes up, ready to cheer you on.
A man who is good with his words may find his way to many a woman's heart; unless, in Cyrano De Bergerac's case, his face is less pretty than the phrases he turns.
Make It SO 2020 (10-29 February) saw 19 locally-created, work-in-progress shows being performed and showcased over three weeks in NST's Studio space. The festival – in its second year! – was a chance for actors and creators to get feedback on performances and gain much-needed reactions, while getting their names out to new audiences.
Last weekend I made my first trip to Chichester Festival Theatre; a venue I've wanted to visit for a while!
My excuse, finally, was to review A Monster Calls for Broadway World UK, which I had heard good things about and had volunteered to watch.