To commemorate the final week of what has been a tremendous run, I thought I would bring you the rest of the company of King Lear that we didn’t get to hear from in episode 97. Their run has been a sold out success and it has truly been one of the highlights of my theatre outings this year.
I managed to grab the guys and chat to most of them in the interval about what it was like having nearly 50% of the cast join them in the West End from Chichester Festival Theatre’s transfer of Jonathan Munby’s production of Lear. It’s always an interesting topic to chat about, and I think that this cast and company gelled extremely quickly and sound like their have had a blast…
You will hear (in order of 'appearance') Michael Matus, James Corrigan, Richard Clews, Anthony Howell, John Hastings, John Vernon, Scott Sparrow, James Millard, Caleb Roberts, Jake Mann, Johanne Murdock and Jessica Murrain.
Michael Matus, James Corrigan, Richard Clews, Anthony Howell, John Hastings, John Vernon, Scott Sparrow, James Millard, Caleb Roberts, Jake Mann, Johanne Murdock and Jessica Murrain.
We are taking you on a slightly different journey this week. We had the pleasure of meeting Carys Williams at the Professional Lighting and Sound Association show in London last month. We started talking about the theatre where she works - The John Lyons Theatre. We were amazed that we had never heard of that theatre before, so we knew we just had to sit down to talk to Carys about it.
The John Lyons Theatre is located in Covent Garden within the CityLit building on Keeley Street between Holborn and Covent Garden tube stations. This is the ideal venue to host plays, theatre events, musical workshops...you name it.
I sat down with Carys and asked her speak about what’s on offer there, both in continuing professional development opportunities for the theatre professional, but also about the history of the theatre, their recent productions and just how you can use this facility for a upcoming project yourself.
If anything you heard today has piqued your interest, and perhaps you would like to take a look at their course book and offerings, head over to https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses. They have loads of possibilities for theatre professionals to brush up on their skills like Stage management and technical theatre production or Prop Making for TV, Film and Theatre. There are plenty of acting, voice and directing courses too. And if you are thinking of looking at using the John Lyons theatre go to
https://www.citylit.ac.uk/venue-hire-john-lyons-theatre or get in touch with Carys at email@example.com or call 020 7492 2615. CityLit are celebrating their Centenary and would love to see you at their celebratory events - check out https://www.citylit.ac.uk/our-centenary for all information.
Milly Thomas doesn’t pull any punches in either her acting or her writing, and her latest play "Dust" tackles the issue of depression and suicide head on with no apologies.
The issue of mental health and the stigmas surrounding it have been brought to the fore by the news of the suicides of prominent musicians such as Dolores O'Riordan from The Cranberries, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden or Avicii and the highly public suicide of Robin Williams was just as shocking to those who knew him well as to all of us who were just fans of a man who we all remember as someone who made us do nothing but laugh.
And watching a play about suicide, where a young girl takes her own life (no spoiler alerts, it starts the play)...you wouldn’t expect to laugh. But you do. Straight away. And that is the genius of Dust, currently running at The Trafalgar Studios.
This is a play that challenges you to keep watching, even though what you are watching is so painful that it brings you to tears. And why shouldn’t you cry as well as laugh? Well, you should, in my opinion. And that’s why you need to go see this show.
In one of our most honest chats to date, I sat down with Milly Thomas to talk to her about the genesis of her show, its journey to the West End, and all of the emotions contained therein.
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