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07 Nov 2016

Interview: Siobhán Campbell, director of Bluebird

Next week SLT stages ‘Bluebird’, written by playwright Simon Stephens who penned the adaptation of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ for the National Theatre. We speak to director Siobhán Campbell about why she loves his work and what audiences can expect from her production of ‘Bluebird’. You’ve directed a Simon Stephens play before. What is it about his work that attracts you to it? It’s the characters he creates – whenever I read something by him, I’m drawn […]

18 Oct 2016

Scarborough: In Conversation with the Directors

We talk with Steph Urquhart and Graham Rice who are co-directing SLT’s next production: Fiona Evans’ Fringe First winner ‘Scarborough’ at Stanley Halls next week. What made you decide to direct this play? Steph: I was actually given an extract of Scarborough to look at within a theatre workshop a couple of years ago and was just immediately excited by it; the tone, the language, the characters and the concept struck a chord, so I bought a copy of the script […]

21 Sep 2016

Landscape with Weapon – The Director’s View

Naomi Liddle introduces our next show Landscape With Weapon, which plays in the Upper Hall 27 September – 1 October. What attracted you to directing this play? I’ve always admired Joe Penhall’s skill in putting across complex political and intellectual issues while creating stories with real warmth and realism. I saw this play when it was first staged in 2007, and while it is not one of his better known plays, the combination of moral dilemma, chilling government manipulation and […]

08 Sep 2016

Bette & Joan – A Tale Of Two Icons

Director Jessica Osorio and her cast introduce us to their show Bette and Joan which runs next week September 13-17, with Bette Davis played by Jenny McLaughlin and Joan Crawford by Lily Ann Green. Tell us about the setting of the play. It’s 1962. After 3 decades of intense rivalry, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, two iconic Hollywood stars, have been brought together to star in the psychological thriller What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? The play is set in their […]

30 Aug 2016

When SFC Met SLT … A Film and Theatre Co-Event

SLT is co-hosting its first ever event with Stanley’s Film Club on Wednesday, September 7. The evening will combine a film screening of the cult classic What Ever Happened To Baby Jane with a Q&A with the cast and crew of SLT’s production of Bette and Joan, a play that charts the rivalry between the two Hollywood legends during the making of the film. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane, the ultimate tale of sibling rivalry (1962; dir. Robert Aldrich), tells the […]

18 Aug 2016

Jesus Christ Superstar – The Cast’s Perspective

Yesterday we published an interview with the directors – today we chat to some of the cast about their characters and experience of working on SLT’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar which opens on Tuesday, August 23 in the Main Hall at Stanley Halls. Dan Goad – Judas Iscariot Dan has been involved with several musicals but this is his first with SLT. “Musicals take their inspiration from many different sources, but few have source material as ubiquitous as the life of […]

17 Aug 2016

Jesus Christ Superstar – Talking With The Directors

Director Bryon Fear and Musical Director Gerard Johnson talk about their love for this enduring musical, which they’re bringing to life from August 23 in the Main Hall at Stanley Halls. Bryon – it’s been said recently that this show was ripe for revival and you evidently felt the same? For SLT it was an accidental revival. We couldn’t get the rights for either the small play I’d opted to direct for this year’s season, or our scheduled musical. I thought it would […]

02 Aug 2016

Bouncers – In Conversation with David Carr, a Director’s View

Bouncers plays August 9 – 13 in the Upper Hall at Stanley Halls. Seasoned actor and first-time director David Carr talks about his debut production Bouncers is an infamous play, but for those that have not come across it, what’s the play about? Bouncers tells the tale of a night out in a northern nightclub as seen through the eyes of the four bouncers. The play describes the seemingly timeless shenanigans of punters who save their money all week and […]

14 Jul 2016

Around the World in Eighty Days : A View from the Cast

In a change to our usual feature, this time the trio who form the cast of our next production give their insight into what promises to be a rip-roaring show. All three members of the cast play several characters, but their principals are Phileas Fogg (Naomi Liddle), Passepartout (Audrey Lindsay) and Inspector Fix (Chris Vian Smith) Naomi – how has it been to work on an iconic literary character like Phileas Fogg? Well, to start with (spoiler alert), I’m not […]

09 Jun 2016

I Am A Camera : An Interview with Lisa Thomas

We talk with Lisa Thomas, director of next week’s production I Am A Camera and find out more about the play which inspired the musical Cabaret. Tell me more about the play? In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Christopher Isherwood was living in Berlin. He later wrote several short novels inspired by the people he encountered there. I Am a Camera is based primarily on Goodbye to Berlin and Sally Bowles, and the novels and the play eventually formed […]