A couple of months ago the lovely Lisa Gaye Wright invites me along to see her brand new musical, Botox or Bust. So yesterday afternoon I headed out of London and down to the coast to see a workshop performance.
Brexit, the topic that has dominated British news for the last two years, and the topic that we all love AND hate talking about. With Parliament heating up about trade deals, back stops and the Irish border where does that leave the arts? What does Brexit actually mean for the British culture sector?
2019 has just begun which means it’s time to set some New Year resolutions!
I’m not normally one for resolutions, mainly because I never keep them up (oops), but this year I’m determined to stick to it, and diving further into all things theatre!
I’m Not Running tells the story of Pauline, a Midlands GP who is shoved into the limelight when she fights to save her local hospital from closing. Becoming a figurehead for the NHS Pauline stands alone in Westminster as an Independent MP. However as she gains popularity the question of whether she will run as a candidate for the Labour Party leadership begins to pull her further into the political throng.
There has been a rise of late of big pop-culture names appearing as leading cast members in upcoming West End Shows. I can’t remember a year so crammed with celebs splashed on theatre news sites, buses, marketing campaigns and theatre marquees. It got me thinking, do we have an issue with star casting?
So it was the 2018 Evening Standard Awards last night. A glittery evening in the theatre calendar where the creme de la creme of the West End are praised and awarded for their efforts. As I was reading the winner for Best Musical I was not surprised when I saw that Hamilton got the award, and it got me thinking, is that fair?