Category : Articles

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 […]

14 Jun 2018

No Exit – The Director’s View

Guy Jones tells us about No Exit, his directorial debut and our next show at SLT You’ve been drawn to this play for a long time – what is it that fascinates you? I saw it on TV when I was a teenager, with Omar Sharif and Cherie Lunghi, and was engaged by the subversion of the notion of the afterlife.  As I matured and revisited it though, the themes of identity and power dynamics within personal interactions became more […]

31 May 2018

A Chorus of Disapproval – The Director’s View

Lisa Thomas gives us the inside story on directing this popular play, our next show at SLT What do you think is the enduring appeal of Alan Ayckbourn, and especially this play? Alan Ayckbourn is an explorer of seemingly ordinary people and the strangeness and eccentricity that lurks beneath everyday lives. I was looking for a play about theatre and performance to do in the new theatre space. Originally I thought of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, with its intricate onstage […]

16 May 2018

Miss Julie – Interview With The Director

We interview Anna Rubincam about Miss Julie, her directorial debut at SLT. This play caused a furore when it premiered. Can you give us some context? Written in 1888, and censored even in its native Sweden, Miss Julie wasn’t allowed to be performed in England for another 50 years.  The forbidden relationship between an aristocrat and her servant was considered too undermining to the natural order for English audiences, who called it “disgusting”, “vulgar” and “a heap of ordure”.   Despite […]

26 Apr 2018

Next Fall – Interview With The Director

We interview Barry Heselden about the themes and his vision for the Geoffrey Nauffts penned play Next Fall, our production next week. What motivated you to direct this play? I first read this play about six years ago, not too long after its Broadway premier in 2010. It made a great impression on me as it touched aspects of my life and I identified strongly with themes of the play and the main character. I am now very excited to […]

13 Apr 2018

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – The Director’s Preview

Jason Salmon, director of the show that heralds our permanent return to the Old Fire Station in West Norwood, introduces us to a world where communication is challenged. Tell us about the premise of the play It follows the relationship of Bernadette and Oliver as they struggle to come to terms with a new law that has been introduced which limits what people can say to 140 words per day. What’s been the challenge in directing it? A big challenge has […]

25 Oct 2017

God of Carnage – The Director’s Perspective

Simon Gleisner, director of our next production, talks about God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, which runs from October 31, to November 4 at Stanley Halls What attracted you to this particular play? It’s a bit different from your last SLT outing! It may seem very different at first glance, but there is a common thread. My last outing was a classic British farce, and although God of Carnage is much darker, it is still very funny and (without giving […]

04 Oct 2017

Bette & Joan The Final Curtain – A First Time Director’s Perspective

Bryon Fear spoke with Caroline Beckett and asked her to describe her experiences making her directorial debut for SLT. This is your first time as a director even though you’ve performed many times as an actor. What made you want to direct? I’ve been assistant director a few times, and after really enjoying doing Stones in his Pockets last year I just thought I’d give it a go. As much as anything else I wanted to see if I could […]

20 Sep 2017

What ho! It’s Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

A view of the upcoming theatrical shenanigans by Bertie Wooster When Jeeves shimmied in this morning, bearing the customary a.m. reviver, he murmured something about penning a few words on the subject of my forthcoming theatrical adventure. I knocked back the concoction (a family recipe he will not be induced to share with me, though I am confident tomato juice must feature somewhere on the list of ingredients), felt the mental upheaval that is a natural consequence of a convivial […]