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05 Jun 2019

Pomona – the Director’s Preview

Director Jason Salmon introduces his latest edgy, urban thriller ahead of its opening on 11 June. This is a dark, dark play – what drew you to it? When I first read the play I was blown away by the themes it was tackling as well as the characters themselves. The themes that it explores are challenging; I’m fascinated by the way it asks genuine questions about the more unpleasant sides of society and makes us question our own beliefs. […]

22 May 2019

The Beaux’ Stratagem – the Director’s Preview

Director Dave Hollander introduces his re-imagining of this classic Restoration romp ahead of its opening on 28 May. There are a lot of restoration comedies – what attracted you to this one? Most importantly, I find it funny, especially as it doesn’t really rely on visual gags for comic effect. Instead, George Farquhar’s script is full of wit and fizzes with zingy one-liners, and there’s certainly more than a whiff of innuendo and intrigue. On a more serious note: as […]

08 May 2019

Father of Lies – Interview

Writer Anna Rubincam, and director Chaz Doyle, give us some insight into this new play, which has its premiere at SLT next week. Anna: How did the play come about, and what inspired you? Is it your first? There’s a medieval church in France and its main doors are decorated either side with stone carvings. On the right are representations of the Virtues, and on the left, the Sins: greed, gluttony, lust, represented by screaming grotesque faces. The Virtues are […]

26 Apr 2019

The Ladykillers – the Director’s Preview

Charlotte Benstead, director of this classic 1950s black comedy opening next week, gives us 10 good reasons for seeing this show. But you’ll have to be quick for a ticket – at the time of writing, it’s close to a sell-out already. If you find the night you want is sold out and you live locally, it’s always worth coming along in case of returns on the night. Ten Reasons to Come and See The Ladykillers: 1. It’s an adaptation […]

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 […]