News: Pubs and theatre. An age-old pairing.
This exciting project will no doubt resonate with anyone that has ever stepped into a pub, so this February, grab your pint of Drunken Nights and witness something completely original and unique.
News: The 28 Day Project launches wonderful opportunities
The 28 Day Project is an exciting initiative offering emerging talent a step into the film business.
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Thousands turned away at open auditions after standing in the rain for hours.
News: TheatreCraft returns to help young people’s backstage careers
The 8th annual event returns to the Royal Opera House later this month.
BLOG: Theatre: the best casino shows around the world
Casinos around the world offer some of the best theatrical entertainment you can find.
BLOG: 5 Best Actors in Superhero Cinema
Is “superhero” acting any less challenging?
Blog: Films to study for inspiration
Watching great actors can often inform your own work.
Blog: Shakespeare experimenting with the limits of contemporary drama
Briony Rawle heads to Yorkshire and takes a closer look at Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
Review: Bat Boy, Southwark Playhouse ✭✭✭
A campy fun musical with bite screams Douglas Mayo.
Review: Visitors, Arcola Theatre ✭✭✭✭
Barney Norris first full-length play is an exquisitely written examination of love and loss, writes Alex Delaney.
Review: 1984, Almeida Theatre ✭✭✭✭✭
This fresh vision of 1984 feels like a rediscovery of Orwell’s dystopia, writes Sophia Longhi.
Review: Secret Theatre – Show 4, Lyric Hammersmith ✭✭✭✭
This review comes with a capitalised, emboldened and even italicised, SPOILER ALERT. That should do, writes Briony Rawle.
Cabaret: Outrageous Single Girls Valentine’s Day
Christmas is well and truly over. The trees have been slung to the kerb, the decorations are packed up in the loft and even the Bountys have been eaten from the Celebrations tin.
Life often seems bleak at this time of year, what with everyone dieting and doing dry January (dry BOREuary more like). Not only that, but soon we have to deal with the worst day of all days, Valentines Day. When shop windows become swollen with red and pink heart emblazoned tat and every restaurant is filled with couples making cow-eyes at each other as they peruse over-priced set menus. For single folk, Valentines day is truly the worst.
However, seasoned cabaret songstress Kate Brennan is here this year to save the day for singletons everywhere. If you loathe Valentines day and are sick of sifting through match.com then join her for her hilarious cabaret ‘Song of the Single Girl: Still Single’ at The Alleycat. Brennan promises this show to be a riotous evening of music and comedy as she navigates the trials and tribulations of what it’s like to be a twentysomething single gal in the city.
Following successful sell-out performances at The Union Theatre, The Southbank Centre, Lauderdale House and Crafternoon Cabaret, Brennan promises this will be the biggest and most outrageous version of the show yet. Blending old favourites and new gems from the worlds of pop and musical theatre, and with special guest performers and a live band under the keen eye of musical director Joseph Atkins, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll want to drink a lot of gin!
So, if you find yourself still searching for the special someone come Valentines Day this year, don’t weep into a huge box of Hotel Chocolat’s finest, round up a gaggle of your best single chums and get down to The Alleycat to have a giggle and toast the brilliant bits of single life. Ticket info below:
Bloody Hell Brennan presents:
Song of the Single Girl: Still Single
Friday 14th February 7.15pm
The Alleycat, 4 Denmark St London WC2H 8LP-
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road/Leicester Square
Tickets £10/£12 available here
Kate trained at Guildford School of Acting, where she received the Ian Fleming Award. Theatre credits include: Seasonal Sauce (Watermill Theatre); Fairy Story in Jack and the Beanstalk (Loughborough Town Hall); Storyteller in You Obviously (How It Ended Productions); Harcourt Gregory in Anatomy of a Murder (For Short Theatre); The Lost Christmas (Waterloo East Theatre); A New Way to Pay Old Debts (Rose Theatre, Bankside); Columbina in The Glorious Ones (Landor Theatre). Workshops and Cabarets’ include: A Berlin Kabaret (Soho Theatre) Gap Year – The Musical (Leicester Square Theatre) and Song of the Single Girl. Credits whilst training include: Denise in The Baker’s Wife (Electric Theatre); Anita in West Side Story (Southbank Centre) and Cathy in The Last Five Years (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). She also writes a popular lifestyle and arts blog at www.bloodyhellbrennan.com.
Joseph Atkins: As musical director: Josephine and I (Bush Theatre, Evening Standard Award Winner 2013), The Girl I Left Behind Me (Brits Off Broadway 2013, 59E59 Theaters, New York), A Berlin Kabaret (Soho Theatre), Feathers in the Snow, Victor / Victoria (Southwark Playhouse), Song of the Single Girl (Union Theatre), J’ai Deux Amours (Etcetera Theatre), The Ring’s the Thing (Pheasantry) and Me and Juliet (Finborough, European Premiere). He is also a tutor and composer at the Globe Theatre. His television composition credits include Mud, Sweat and Tractors, Shooting the War (BBC4) and El Alamein: A Solder’s Story (UKTV Yesterday). Concert music commissions include works for the BBC Elstree Concert Band, the Metier Ensemble and Spitalfields Festival. His guitar work Indian Summer is recorded by Antonis Hatzinikolaou for the NMC label, plus a commercial recording of The Girl I Left Behind Me is due next year. Joseph trained at New College Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music. Further information about Joe can be found at: www.josephatkins.co.uk