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04 Dec 2020

Grimm Tales – The Director’s Preview

Jo Boniface introduces our Christmas show, Grimm Tales What drew you to directing this play?  I love the darkness of the original Grimm Tales. Fairy Tales should be a bit dark and twisted as well as being fun. The best stories are the ones that keep you guessing! I wanted something to be fun to rehearse and fun to watch. And something familiar in these odd times. Your ensemble cast plays a multitude of roles – can you tell us […]

23 Oct 2020

Bombshells – the Director’s Preview

Jess Osorio introduces Bombshells, the second in our season of one act plays What drew you to directing this play? I was looking for a play that worked for the times we are living in, but principally one with strong and interesting female characters who felt real and who the cast and audience could engage and empathise with. I read several plays and, despite not knowing Bombshells previously, I was instantly attracted to it. The characters show their vulnerabilities and […]

09 Oct 2020

The Bet – the Director’s Preview

Barry Heselden introduces The Bet, the first of our season of one act plays What was it that attracted you to this play? At first glance this may seem like a simple story. Four friends, given the choice between serving a long prison sentence or the death penalty, discuss which they would choose. But when a challenge is laid down by the host and one of the characters offers to be incarcerated for ten years, the story starts to take […]

11 Mar 2020

Do Not Disturb – the Director’s Preview

Martin Copland-Gray introduces Do Not Disturb, his directorial debut outing at SLT, an intimate two-hander which takes place in a New York hotel room. What was it that attracted you to this play? It was 2002 and I was an X-Files fan, smitten with Gillian Anderson. I found out she was starring in a play called What the Night is For with Roger Allam at the Comedy Theatre. I bought a ticket and came down from the Midlands to see […]

28 Feb 2020

Good – the Director’s Preview

Director Lisa Thomas introduces Good, CP Taylor’s much-lauded 1981 play. Set in Frankfurt before WWII, Good has been described as a definitive piece concerning the Holocaust. “The author… rejects the view that Nazi atrocities are… a result of the simple conspiracy of criminals and psychopaths.” How do you think this notion is brought out in the play? When writing Good, C P Taylor was trying to make sense of what amounted to war crimes on an almost overwhelming scale and […]

14 Feb 2020

Holes – the Director’s Preview

Director Naomi Liddle introduces Holes, Tom Basden’s black comedy set on a desert island and exploring the fates of four survivors of a plane crash. We hear you’re a bit of a Tom Basden fan – what is it about his writing that appeals to you? Well, it’s probably also accurate to say that SLT in general is a Tom Basden fan – many people don’t even realise he’s written plays and yet this is the fourth one we’re presenting! […]

24 Jan 2020

Consent – the Director’s Preview

Director Andy Webb introduces Consent, a relatively recent play by Nina Raine with a rape case at the heart of the drama. It doesn’t sound as though this is the easiest of subject matter – what attracted you to directing this play? The scope of the play and its ambition to tackle big issues was certainly the attraction. Subject matter doesn’t come more difficult than rape, but the rape story line is one of a number of interweaving layers that […]

10 Jan 2020

Jumpers for Goalposts – the Director’s Preview

Director Will Howells introduces the story of Hull five-a-side footie team Barely Athletic, a comedy drama which opens on Tuesday 14 January, “kicking off” 2020 at SLT.  What was it about Jumpers that appealed to you as a director? The play came on my radar through a chance meeting at a Belle & Sebastian gig. My friend bumped into someone he knew called Tom and introduced me. Afterwards he told me it was Tom Wells, the author of Jumpers for […]

10 Jan 2020

A Christmas Carol – foodbank collection update

Foodbank collections – an update from A Christmas Carol director Mark Ireson Although we’d rather they didn’t exist, foodbanks have become an essential lifeline for many people who find themselves in financial difficulties. As well as providing emergency food to those in crisis in our local area, the Foodbank provides support and advice to help people find long-term solutions to their problems. After every performance of our sold-out show, we held a collection for Norwood & Brixton Foodbank. The response […]

06 Dec 2019

A Christmas Carol – the Director’s Preview

Director Mark Ireson introduces Neil Bartlett’s re-imagining of the Christmas classic, which opens on Thursday 12 December for 10 performances over 2 weeks. What inspired you to direct this show? I’ve always enjoyed the story, and the prospect of seeing the huge cast of vital characters and its powerful moral message on stage is very appealing as a director. However, many of the stage adaptations were too “chocolate boxy” for my taste, in danger of becoming an exercise in large […]