Reece Shearsmith celebrated a birthday this past weekend, and I thought we’d help him celebrate by bringing you a little chat we had with him when he was appearing in Hangmen at The Royal Court.
Reece played the character of Syd, the stammering ex-assistant to David Morrissey’s ex-hangman Harry, both of whom are coming to terms with the abolition of capital punishment in Britain.
Bat Out of Hell The Musical starts just like it’s title, and doesn’t stop all evening. I have rarely been to a musical that kicks the door down with a wall of sound as big as it does here, and then carries on. Big props to the sound department on the show. And HUGE props to the entire company of Bat Out of Hell for a belting sound you produce. The singing on this show is off the charts. And we look forward to bringing you another podcast soon about how professionals keep themselves fit, both physically and vocally, when doing such a big sing.
But this week, I wanted to bring you a conversation that we haven’t had the privilege of bringing you to date, and that is from a follow spot operator. That technician that sits, not just in the gods, but above the gods, and makes sure that special is turned on so that your star is basking in glorious floodlight. It’s a proper skill and the best follow spot operators are well known within the industry. Guy Aldridge has been at the ENO for 30 years working on hundreds and hundreds of shows. I talked to him about his early career and how he got to the ENO.
Jesus Christ Superstar has returned to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. The Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical Revival 2017 (not to mention Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards) was such a hit that it is literally back by popular demand with roughly 80% of the original astonishing cast returning to play in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical at one of the country’s most iconic theatres.
Returning as Herod is Peter Caulfield. We met Peter last year as we covered the show for Curtain Call and I had a great chat with him as he got covered in latex, glitter, all kinds of make-up, hair gel…you name it, he had it on him. It was a complete transformation.
We had the opportunity to talk to the company of Woyzeck, which recently closed and I wanted to bring you the chats I had with the understudies Isabella Marshall, David Rubin and Theo Solomon, who had big jobs on their hands covering the lead roles on this highly intense and extremely high profile show.
Well, it seems as though they had a great time, and you can hear it in their interviews. I especially love David Rubin’s account when he was on stage at the RSC and didn’t know he was playing a role until the point when he was actually mid-scene.
As the National Youth Theatre (NYT) prepares to launch its new season at three venues across London, we catch up with artistic director Paul Roseby. Having been in post for more than ten years, Roseby has commissioned over 100 plays and helped countless students on their way to a career in theatre. We were also joined by Martha Ibbotson, who last year completed an NYT summer course, to get a student's-eye-view of life at the company.