When we were covering People, Places & Things in New York for Curtain Call, and Matt was busy taking some beautiful photographs, I was backstage chatting to the company. That is where I met Himesh Patel. Now, you may not have heard of his name yet, but you most certainly will have seen him on your screens recently. He’s the star of the film “Yesterday”, written by Richard Curtis and directed by Danny Boyle. Before we started recording, and I am annoyed I didn’t get this on tape… Himesh hinted to the fact that he hopefully going to work on this little Richard Curtis film, but didn’t say much more than that. And that “little” film looks like it is going to be the next big hit, at least here in the UK.
In 2008, actor Darren Raymond became Artistic Director of Intermission Youth Theatre. It couldn’t have come at a better time for Darren who had recently finished a run of Othello.
He took charge with just four young people in that first season. Since that day, more than 100 16-25 year olds have past through St Savior’s and been introduced to the genius of Shakespeare, discovering that he is just as accessible today as he was 400 years ago.
I sat down to talk with Darren about Intermission’s latest production - Othello: Remixed, as well as their mission, vision and plans for the future.
Screenwriter and Playwright Janet Jones has had an astonishing career. She’s worked for just about every studio out there and not just as a writer, but that’s just the beginning.
She’s written lyrics, poetry, worked as a tour guide for a major Hollywood Studio, writer’s assistant, script editor, and she’s even making her own podcast. She always has a ton of projects on the go.
She’s a working writer, and you don’t get to sit down and chat with many of those… At least, I don’t. So sit back and listen to an extraordinary story of how somebody goes from Motown to the Tower of London in one lifetime!