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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 […]

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 […]