10 questions for 10 years – Paul Vale

One of my favourite reviewers at The Stage, Paul Vale tackles the 10 questions challenge

  • Where were you 10 years ago?

    Streatham Common, wondering why the nearest theatre was in Wimbledon. Thankfully that’s changed now with the awesome Streatham Space.

  • Best show you’ve seen in the last 10 years?

    Superhero, book by Michael Conley, music by Joseph Finlay and lyrics by Richy Hughes. Sadly I don’t think it can be performed at the moment.

  • What has been your professional highlight of the last 10 years?

    Joining The Stage’s Edinburgh review team.

  • Top flavour of interval ice-cream?

    Pinot Grigio.

  • What show do you wish theatres would give a rest for a few years?

    Anything that’s run for more than 10 years.

  • Name someone who you think is a really underappreciated talent (in the world of theatre)?

    The costume makers. Designers get the credit but they seldom make. There’s a whole industry out there that’s overworked, underpaid and underappreciated.

  • Elphaba or Glinda?

    Fiyero’s jodpurs.

  • What is one thing that you think would help theatre survive and/or thrive the next ten years?

    Greater subsidy/philanthropy.

  • Which is your favourite theatre?

    The Roundabout, Paines Plough’s beautiful pop-up in-the-round theatre. Every county should have one.

  • Can you say anything about what’s to come for you, (in the next ten years or otherwise)?

    The One Act Festival at the Stockwell Playhouse, Edinburgh Fringe again this year but I rarely plan beyond that.


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