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12 Apr 2019

Old Fools – the Director’s Preview

Director and Theatre Committee member Mark Ireson introduces his latest play, a two-hander opening next week. Tell us how and why you chose Old Fools One of the great joys of theatregoing is seeing something that grips from the off, where you can’t wait to see what happens to these characters. Tristan Bernays’ script about memories of life, love and loss is one of those. It has something in common with great modern plays like Constellations and Betrayal, then uses […]

29 Mar 2019

Youth Theatre Double Bill – the Directors’ Preview

Youth Group Leaders and production directors Siobhán Campbell and Peter Stevens introduce the two plays forming our Youth Group’s production next week How did you arrive at selecting these two plays for the Youth Group production? Peter: We had 10 Connections plays to choose from – once we’d worked through what we could do with the number of members we hoped to include (as many as possible) and what we could pull off (we weren’t sure we could manage a […]

15 Mar 2019

Double Bill – the Directors’ Preview

Elaine Heath and Penny Allen, directors of Ten Men and Heather respectively, introduce us to their two short plays which form an intimate double bill next week What attracted you to directing these particular plays? How did you discover them? Elaine: I first discovered Ten Men when I was jointly directing a Michael Frayn play with Franklyn McCabe, the writer. As a cast outing, we went to see it at the Brighton Festival and it just stuck in my mind. […]

01 Mar 2019

Communicating Doors – the Director’s Preview

Simon Gleisner introduces his next show, a frenetic farce set in a dystopian near-future by perennial favourite Alan Ayckbourn So many Ayckbourn’s to choose from – what made you pick this one (apart from the fact that SLT hasn’t done it within the last decade?!) Doors. I have a thing about doors. You can’t have too many doors in a show. Actors hate me for it. No, not really. I chose it because it’s a great comedy (although the doors […]

26 Feb 2019

Spotlight on … SLT Chair

Our Chair, Lee Ridgeway, tells us about how he took on the role and what it involves What was your path to becoming Chair? I joined SLT in 2005 and became Chair at the 2012 AGM. Having spent over six years being an active member of SLT, I decided that the club had given me so much joy and pleasure since joining that I wanted to give something back. I was having a drink in the bar with the then […]

13 Feb 2019

Out of Love … the Preview

Cal Beckett and her cast introduce our next show, a funny and poignant story of female friendship and growing up, written by Elinor Cook. Cal Beckett I first saw this play at Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, performed in the round by Paines Plough. I fell in love with its energy, freshness and honesty in the depiction of the joy and pain present in the twists and turns of relationships. Lorna and Grace felt very real. Once I’d got used to […]

01 Feb 2019

The Father … Interview with the Director

Jessica Osorio talks to us about directing this powerful play that highlights the complexities of dealing with dementia. After the performance on Wednesday 6 February, there will be a Q&A at 9.45pm with an expert panel of researchers specialising in dementia at King’s College London, to discuss the sensitive issues raised by the play. What drew you to this play? I had read and seen several Florian Zeller plays, including this one, and found them interesting and thought-provoking. They’re not […]

12 Dec 2018

Spotlight on … Stage Management

Every show needs a director, but when it comes to show week, the director steps aside and puts the stage manager in charge. The stage manager’s job is to make sure all backstage aspects of the show go to plan, and forms a point of contact and information for front of house, box office, the sound/lighting operator, the bar and the actors themselves. They’ll make sure that the set is as it should be, that the right props are in […]

30 Nov 2018

The Snow Queen: Writer and Director Interview

Matthew Davies (writer) and Simon Gleisner (director) tell us about our much-anticipated Christmas show. Matthew – what was your inspiration for the show? In March of this year, I was backstage for His Dark Materials (the youth show that re-opened our theatre), chatting about ideas for the Christmas show. I was dressed as an Arctic Shaman, it was freezing inside the theatre, it was snowing outside and I was standing next to three children pretending to be a polar bear. […]

26 Sep 2018

BU21 – The Director’s View

Director Dave Hollander talks to us about BU21, our next production and the second play by Stuart Slade this current SLT season. What drew you to directing this play? When I saw the original production at Theatre503, I was struck by the way Stuart Slade uses humour to discuss traumatising subject matter. While some of the characters remain haunted by flashbacks, others pepper their accounts with black humour. I remember coming out of the theatre thinking: “I can’t believe I’ve […]