Category : Articles

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 […]

13 Sep 2018

Nell Gwynn – The Director’s View

Director Mark Ireson talks to us about Nell Gwynn, our lively production hitting the stage next week: What can you tell us about the historical context of the play? It’s the 1660s, a time of huge social upheaval only a few years since Charles II was restored to the throne after eleven years of Cromwell’s reign. The Puritan period is over – the theatres have reopened – but that doesn’t mean everything is calm. There’s a great deal of uncertainty […]

31 Aug 2018

SLT Youth Theatre

An inspiring space for young theatremakers to flourish With nearly 100 members aged from 7 to 18, SLT Youth Theatre has long been a vibrant part of the South London Theatre community, running continuously in West Norwood (at nearby St Luke’s) while the Old Fire Station was being renovated. Training director Dave Hollander explains how the group operates now and reveals its ambitious plans for the future. Our Saturday sessions run during term time and cover a wide range of […]

30 Aug 2018

Aspidistra Resistance – The Director’s View

Director Joanna Ostrowska talks to us about her directorial debut Aspidistra Resistance, our production next week:   This is a piece of new writing – what attracted you to directing it? Fundamentally, I really enjoyed reading the script.  As I read it I could visualise it on stage straight away. I loved the characters and the fact that the play was set in the 1940s, ’70s and the 2000s.  I knew that I wanted to be a part of bringing […]

11 Jul 2018

Toad of Toad Hall – The Director’s View

Tom Melly tells us about his directorial debut Toad of Toad Hall, our next production at SLT Why did you choose this play? Toad forms my first memory of seeing ‘proper’ theatre. It still brings back memories of the smell and feel of red plush seats, the sound of the orchestra warming up, and the elaborate proscenium sets. It was a children’s play, but a very different experience from the pantomimes I’d seen up until then, and I fell in […]

27 Jun 2018

The Misanthrope – The Director’s View

Naomi Liddle tells us about her show The Misanthrope, our next production at SLT This is your second Molière play for SLT – what’s the attraction for you? I originally came across The Hypochondriac rather by accident and fell in love with the way that Roger McGough transposed the original text into shamelessly modern speech while keeping the rhyming structure. I had been thinking of doing another of McGough’s translations but then came across Martin Crimp’s version of The Misanthrope and was hooked. Molière […]