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05 Dec 2021

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – The Director’s Preview

Director Jo Boniface introduces our Christmas show, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall by Audrey Lindsay.   What has been good about directing a play written specifically for SLT? It is the first thing I have directed where I have had access to the writer! Audrey was developing the script alongside my casting process so she was adjusting the lines to the people we cast. This means it really is a show written for SLT, as a lot of the lines […]

16 Nov 2021

Swive (Elizabeth) – The Director’s Preview

Director Cal Beckett introduces our next production, Swive (Elizabeth) by Ella Hickson.  Swive (Elizabeth) was first performed only in 2019, so it’s very new! What made you want to direct it so soon after its debut at Shakespeare’s Globe? I was browsing in the National Theatre bookshop one weekend in early 2020, came across the script and was immediately grabbed by the opening lines: “My mother seduced a man so successfully that he altered the constitutional history of the country”. […]

02 Nov 2021

Picnic At Hanging Rock – The Director’s Preview

Director Barry Hooper introduces our next production, Picnic at Hanging Rock, adapted by Tom Wright.  What drew you to directing this play? As an Australian, it is part of my cultural heritage. Since the Joan Lindsay book was published in 1966 and the film’s release in 1977, the mystery of what may have happened to the schoolgirls at Hanging Rock has seeped deeply into the Australian psyche. So much so that many believe it’s a true story rather than a […]

23 Oct 2021

Wasted The Director’s Preview

Director Bex Law introduces our next production Wasted by Kae Tempest.  How did you discover this play and what about it inspired you to direct it? ​Kae’s work has been on my radar since they made Brand New Ancients at BAC, and their Glastonbury set a few years ago was amazing. When I found they’d written a play suited to SLT I couldn’t wait to get stuck in! The urgency and honesty of Ted, Danny and Charlotte’s story is perfectly […]

05 Oct 2021

Waiting for Godot – The Director’s Preview

Jeanette Hoile introduces Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett  Waiting for Godot was last performed at SLT in 1974 and 1992, the latter of which you were involved in as a production assistant. What inspired you to direct this production today?  ​Although involved in many aspects of the 1992 production, I took no part in directorial decisions or directing at the time, and only became interested in this much later. Recently, I decided to revisit the play as I enjoy […]

26 Sep 2021

Free year of Full Membership won for survey completion

Almost one hundred people took part in our Member & Friend Survey 2021 and put themselves into the draw for a free year of Full Membership, so thank you if you were one of those who provided such useful feedback. We’ll be reporting back on the results soon, (a lot of love for good old SLT, we’re happy to say!) but in the meantime, we’re pleased to announce that Daniel Paul was the winner of the prize. Congratulations Daniel, enjoy […]

25 Sep 2021

Chaperoning and safeguarding training

Chaperones wanted for young performers We’re seeking local people who are interested in becoming Chaperones to support children, young people and vulnerable adults when they take part in productions. The role involves attending rehearsals and performances ensuring the safety of those in your care. Chaperones will be paid £12 per hour. To become a qualified chaperone, you will have to register with Lambeth council and undertake Chaperone and Safeguarding training. SLT will pay for a limited number of Chaperones to […]

22 Sep 2021

Switzerland – The Director’s Preview

Jessica Osorio introduces Switzerland by Joanna Murray-Smith.  You recently directed Bombshells by Joanna Murray-Smith in November 2020. What inspired you to take on another of her productions?  ​I had originally submitted another play but as the rights were no longer available, I needed to find another play that was suitable in the current climate. I really enjoyed the writing and characters in Bombshells and had already read Switzerland previously prior to submitting last season. Although I had never read any […]

12 Sep 2021

Silence/Night – The Director’s Preview

Panit Chantranuluck introduces Silence/Night – A double bill of plays by Harold Pinter What inspired you to direct this double bill of plays? I love how Pinter wrote without strict adherence to grammar, or even context. As a non-native English speaker and native Thai speaker myself, I found it quite fascinating and similar to the way Thai speak. Silence and Night are two very different plays, but both explore the same themes: memory and love. For most people, love is, […]

21 Aug 2021

The Memory of Water – The Director’s Preview

Charlotte Benstead introduces The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson. What drew you to directing this play? This is the second time SLT has tackled this darkly funny script and we hope to see some of the original participants coming to see our largely new cast give it its latest outing.  I was gripped by the quality of the writing and the depth of the characters that for a comedy, are really rich. I hope audiences fall in love with […]