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.
The latest prompt from Dear Damsels was 'Open' - which immediately conjured up images of vulnerability and self-protection. The idea of an anenome sprung to mind instantly; and so I sat down, and began to write. This poem is the result.
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.
Talking is a hugely important part of normalising discussions surrounding mental health, breaking down barriers and making change possible. But there is so much more to be done.
Yes, they're back. After a couple of months off, I'm kicking off this year's batch of Monthly Muses posts, and there's a fair bit to catch up on!
Adapted and directed by Liam Gifford, assisted by Rosie Peters, and produced by Holly Mitchell, this version of Twelfth Night is NST Youth Theatre's latest production; and while the script is all Shakespeare's, this is well and truly a modern-day rom-com.
Love isn't all fanfares and flowers, or fantasies and fancy dates.
Since ringing in the New Year with Pornstar Martinis and city-centre fireworks, I've been thinking about what I want to set as my goals and intentions for 2020.
Southampton's Mayflower Theatre asked me to go on a 24-hour solo adventure to preview the world stage premiere of Band of Gold at Nottingham's Theatre Royal before it arrives in our city in February.
Allow me to indulge myself, and focus on the good when there is so much bad about.