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31 Aug 2017

Behind the Scenes of Blue Stockings

Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale runs September 5-9 in the Upper Hall at Stanley Halls. We spoke with director Lily Ann Green and some of her cast about the play, its themes and staging a story that gives insight to the historic changes that were taking place in a college in Cambridge in 1896. What are the themes explored in the play? The play is set in 1896 and follows a group of young women and their teachers, all based […]

18 Jul 2017

The Director’s View:

The Rise & Fall of Little Voice

Director Charlotte Benstead talks about her latest production, showing next week in the Upper Hall at Stanley Halls. So Charlotte, whatever possessed you to want to direct a show about a girl with a dead dad and an overbearing mother?! Ha! I guess it’s good to work with what you know. Jim Cartwright’s writing is so good – funny and moving and honest. The play is essentially about being stuck in grief. It is about relationships, friendships, regret and ambition […]

08 Jun 2017

The Director’s view: Forget-Me-Not Lane

We interview director Colleen Batson about her SLT debut and her play in our 2017 Season, Forget-Me-Not Lane by Peter Nichols which opens next week on Tuesday June 13 at Stanley Halls. What made you decide to direct this play? I’ve directed a Peter Nichols play before, So Long Life, and it had stayed with me.  When I was looking for my first play at SLT, I was very happy to hear that he was a well-regarded playwright. What are the […]

22 May 2017

Preview: The Crocodile

Creating a Victorian Zoo set in St. Petersburg which houses a giant and somewhat hungry crocodile is not something you do ordinarily, but creating theatre is never an ordinary experience and that’s what we have have done for our production of The Crocodile which opens tomorrow night. Penned by Peep Show writer Tom Basden, the play tells the story of struggling actor Ivan Matveitch and the day his fortunes ironically change for the better when he is eaten alive by a crocodile. It is […]

04 May 2017

The World’s Wife – Behind the Scenes

SLT’s production next week is a dramatic staging of a series of poems by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. The collection of poems were first published in 1999 as The World’s Wife, an anthology of work which re-examines myths and legends which traditionally have focus actively on a male protagonist. Duffy looks at these notable stories with a fresh pair of eyes and with a mix of historical context and imagination asks the reader to see the women in the stories, often subverting the […]

25 Apr 2017

Bette & Joan – The Final Curtain: Audition Preview

I first saw this show at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2011, and again at the St James’ theatre in Victoria in early 2015. I absolutely loved its wit, humour and staging. Co-created by Sarah Thom and Sarah Toogood (who played all four parts) and their director James Greaves through Foursight Theatre, the play is not yet published, but it’s an imaginative show with a script full of snappy dialogue and some great jokes. Not to be confused with Jess […]

15 Apr 2017

Preview: Foxfinder

First performed in 2011 when it won the Papatango New Writing Award, Foxfinder is a fascinating study of fear and paranoia in a dystopian future where the British countryside is teetering on the edge of famine and chaos. All live in fear of foxes – or the ‘red beast’ which have been propelled from simple vermin into creatures imbued with terrifying power to become a true symbol of evil. Such is the horror the beasts inspire that a department has […]

15 Mar 2017

Dancing at Lughnasa: The Director’s View

We caught up with director Lisa Thomas and her cast during rehearsals last week to talk to her about SLT’s production of Brian Friel’s, Dancing at Lughnasa which opens next week. What made you choose to direct this play? I have always loved this play. I saw the original Abbey Theatre production on its transfer to the National many years ago. When I was looking for a play with a number of strong women’s roles I suddenly thought of this […]

30 Jan 2017

Little Light: The Director’s View

Jason Salmon talks about directing Little Light by Alice Birch which opens next week. This is the second Alice Birch play you’ve directed. What draws you to her work? There are several things, the first being how she writes the characters. I find that regardless of the subject of the play, all the characters feel very real; they each have traits that I see in me or those around me which instantly makes me connect with and relate to them. I […]

22 Nov 2016

Jack: Christmas Extravaganza – What’s It All About?

Next week SLT stages ‘Jack’, a modern day fairytale sequel to Jack and the Beanstalk written by two of our members. Promising to be full of lots of panto fun and nonsense; it’s the perfect way to start the seasonal celebrations. We speak with Writer and Director Peter Stevens about the play. You’ve written Jack with Matthew Davies – how did you come up with the idea, and how did you work together? Pantomime is a British tradition, with its archetype […]