The Black British Theatre Awards (BBTAs) is the UK’s first award show to celebrate the excellence and influence of Black performers and creatives within the UK theatre industry.
BEST DIRECTOR AWARD FOR A PLAY OR MUSICAL Anthony Simpson-Pike, Lava, Bush Theatre
Miranda Cromwell, and breathe…, Almeida Theatre
Tinuke Craig, The Color Purple – at Home, Curve, in association with Birmingham Hippodrome
BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR Femi Temowo, and breathe…, Almeida Theatre
Ian Oakley, From Here, Chiswick Playhouse
Nadine Lee, Bagdad Cafe, The Old Vic
The Old Vic today announces the writers and performers forHOME?, the next in the One Voice series of monologues presented for free as part of Your Old Vic. Curated by actor and refugee-child Noma Dumezweni, HOME? brings together global voices, stories and experiences to mark Refugee Week 2021 across three new commissions, created in collaboration with refugee artists.
The three specially commissioned monologues are: Now I’m Gonna Get Paid, written by Dina Nayeri and performed by Betsabeh Emran, The Displaced, written by Viet ThanhNguyen and performed by Elizabeth Chan, Taheen Modak, John Pfumojenaand Michael Phong Le, and Then and Now, written by Natasha Walter and performed by Harriet Walter. All three of the monologues are directed by Old Vic Baylis Director, Katy Rudd.
Staged in celebration of the story’s 50th anniversary of publication, David Greig and Charlie Fink’s Olivier Award-nominated adaptation of The Lorax will be inventively transformed for OLD VIC: IN CAMERAinto a semi-staged pint-size version to keep young (and older) minds entertained, enchanted and empowered with its central message of protecting the planet.
The cast includes Audrey Brisson, Richard Katz, Melanie La Barrie, David Ricardo-Pearce, Ben Thompson, Jamael WestmanandSilas Wyatt-Barke. Should you be so inclined, you can read both of my rhyming reviews for the previous productions of the show here and here.
Dr. Seuss’sThe Lorax will be streamed live from The Old Vic stage this Easter from 14th–17th April. All performances will offer audio description and captioning.
Ros is looking for romance. Richard needs a new companion. They’re a match! But the year is 2020, and dating isn’t simple. From glitchy Zoom introductions, to their socially distanced first date in an actual restaurant, Adventurous follows the twists and turns of Ros and Richard’s relationship as they negotiate technology, treachery…and tortoises.
Filmed in lockdown, this is the premiere of actor Ian Hallard’s debut play. Both comic and touching, Adventuroustells the unexpected story of two single souls with an unstable connection. It reunites Hallard with Olivier Award-winner Sara Crowe following their many double-acts in Jermyn’s Street Theatre’s 2018 production of Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8.30. This online production is a heartwarming and hilarious treat. Continue reading “A round-up of February theatre news”
As some theatres look to a careful reopening and others consolidate their online offers, casting news of four intriguing shows breaks
The Last Five Years at Southwark Playhouse will star Molly Lynch (Cathy) and Oli Higginson (Jamie) who return to their roles after they were cut short on 16 March. They will be appearing in the show from 1 – 31 October and will be in the same ‘support bubble’ so the show won’t adhere to socially distancing staging.
The Old Vic’s night of monologues for the NHS was a top night, so I was pleased to see that The Greatest Wealth has continued onto new life. Here’s Bernadine Evaristo’s First, Do No Harm, performed by Sharon D Clarke for the 2020s.
The Old Vic’s night of monologues for the NHS was a top night, so I was pleased to see that The Greatest Wealth was captured on film.
Here’s Seiriol Davis’s achingly moving The Nuchess, performed by Louise English for the 2010s.
The Old Vic’s night of monologues for the NHS was a top night, so I was pleased to see that The Greatest Wealth was captured on film. Here’s Matilda Ibini’s Choice & Control, performed by Ruth Madeley for the 2000s.
The Old Vic’s night of monologues for the NHS was a top night, so I was pleased to see that The Greatest Wealth was captured on film. Here’s Courttia Newland’s Family Room, performed by Jade Anouka for the 1990s.