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Theatre Is a Reality That Does Not Exist In Reality But In Its Own Domain: Off This Reality It Is Always Out and Beyond

 
 

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Christine Allado is to Join the Cast of Hamilton An American Musical at Victoria Palace Theatre: Opens in December

 

|| August 04: 2017 || ά. Filipino actress and singer Ms Christine Allado is set to join the original London cast of the hit Broadway show, Hamilton: An American Musical, as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, the show opens at the start of December this year at the Victoria Palace Theatre. “As a self professed Hamilfan since listening to the soundtrack and having seen the show, I don't think words could really encapsulate how thrilled, grateful and incredulous I am at the fact that I will be playing such a cool part in the original West End production of Hamilton: An American Musical.

A quote from wicked always comes to mind when amazing things like this happen. "Well, what do you do when your dreams come true? Golly, I don't know Ga-- I mean Glinda, but I most certainly couldn't be happier.” Ms Allado said. She is an emerging musical talent, who made a name for herself as a uniquely proficient artist, who has a voice, that fuses her classical soprano roots with a contemporary spin of pop and jazz. She is truly an all rounder, who has appeared on stages and broadcasts all over Asia and the UK.

Her roles have included Vanessa 'In The Heights' 2016 at the King's Cross Theatre, Maria 'West Side Story' 2016 for the BBC 60th anniversary documentary, Ursula 'Sweet Charity' 2016 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, US Lorene 'From Here to Eternity' 2013 at the Shaftesbury theatre and US Imelda Marcos 'Here Lies Love' 2014 at the National Theatre.

She has previously toured with beloved classical tenor Andrea Bocelli in his 'Cinema: World Tour', which led her to perform for several tens of thousands of people in arenas and stadiums across the world. She is an original member of the girl band Zyrah, a classical crossover group with an epic cinematic influence. Ms Allado trained at the Royal Academy of Music, where she received a post-graduate degree in Music Theatre.

She has many outside interests and especially loves make up and skincare for non-western skins, as she understands what works for Asian faces and features. She is very sporty and loves windsurfing, jet skiing and kayaking and embraces fitness and healthy eating. She is a self-confessed budget travel lover!

Her parents and sister are all very musical and artistic. Unusually her grandfather, one of the people in legal team for the Philippine stock exchange and whenever people talk about him they say he is a true blue blood. Sadly, he never got much credit, just like Hamilton didn't’!
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We are Not the Others at the Hamilton Fringe Festival: July 26-30

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|| July 25: 2017: McMaster University News || ά. A play about the challenges, faced by immigrants, adjusting to a new way of life, has its grounding in a McMaster researcher's real-life work. Toronto-based playwright and actor Izad Etemadi reached out to Ms Mirna Carranza, Associate Professor with the School of Social Work, to collaborate on, 'We Are Not the Others', based on Carranza’s research on Hamilton's women immigrant population.

The play is being performed at the Hamilton Fringe Festival, taking place throughout this week. The research project was funded by Hamilton Community Foundation and is partnered with the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, Emergency Group for Refugee Support and Immigrant Working Centre. Carranza explains that many immigrants, particularly, women, face many challenges, when adjusting to a new way of living.

They have to negotiate multiple changes, not only for themselves, but also, their family members: learning a new language, adjusting to a new diet and weather conditions, employment and affordable housing while simultaneously, negotiating familial changes, such as, the children learning to speak English before their parents, gender tensions can negatively impact their mental health.

Carranza's research involved interviews with dozens of Hamilton immigrants, many of which inspired events in the play. One story is about a woman falling in love with a Canadian, that turns into a series of unfortunate events.

Another revolves around a woman, faced with the difficult sacrifice of leaving her dying parents behind to start a life in Canada. These stories are true and have been lived by women immigrants currently living in Hamilton.

“What they have to go through, it's very tough. Their voices get lost through writing, reports or manuscripts.'' says Carranza. "Having a play can bring their stories to life."

The play runs on July 26, 28, 29 and 30. Performances very: one set starts at 20:00 and the other 18:00 excluding the thirtieth when it starts at 15:30. Tickets
: $10 and $15 at the door

For more information on the play visit.
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What and How Much is Left of Humanity When Empathy is Taken Out of It: Dado Gyure is Seeking to Find Out

Image: The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation

 

|| July 23: 2017: University of Chicago News: Andrew Bauld Writing || ά. Theatre Director, Performer and Visual Artist Ms Dado Gyure  , is this year’s recipient of the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, for her multimedia project, based on a short story by Hans Christian Andersen. The Edes Prize provides a one-year, $30,000 award to a recent students from four universities, including, the University of Chicago, and helps provide an emerging artist the means to substantially advance their practice.

Ms Dado’s winning entry is based on a 2014 live sculptural installation she staged at the Gray Centre Lab. It was part of her MFA thesis project, focused on The Little Match Girl Passion, a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, based on the Andersen story by composer David Lang. The original short story, first published in 1845, details a poor young girl selling matches on New Year’s Eve. “In these wildly politically charged times, I am interested in revising the Match Girl project in order to closely examine the shifting terrain of American empathy.” Ms Dado wrote in her project proposal to the jury of the Edes Prize.

The proposal stood out for its ambitious scope and for the 'wildness of her imagination', according to Leslie Buxbaum Danzig, Assistant Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies, who sat on the Edes Prize selection committee. “We’re excited to see where she takes this project and where this project will take her, particularly, in terms of opening up new processes of creating work and new relationships with collaborators, spaces and audiences.” Danzig said.

Ms Dado is excited to utilise the prize to hire professional vocalists and musicians, but also, to dig deeper into the questions of human behaviour at the centre of her performance piece.

“I’m interested in why things are valuable in a given moment.” Ms Dado said. “What really drives Match Girl is that there’s systemic empathy behaviour, that I need to understand and somehow translate to the people performing.”

In addition to building a more robust cast, Ms Dado is scouting potential venues throughout Chicago. Beyond looking for a unique space with appropriate acoustics, she is, also, hoping to make the project a sustained presence.

“I would really like Match Girl to have a future, even beyond the Edes.” Ms dado said. “I think we need to find a place or institution or programme, that needs something like Match Girl. It’s really about finding the right place for it and then working with the community.''

All the Awarded Emerging Voices

Dado Gyure
Will Arbery
Nadav Assor
Meghan Moe Beitiks
Karly Bergmann
Joe Clark
Cameron Crawford
Aaron Hughes
Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman
Shawn Jaeger
Cali Kasten
Jeffrey Levin
Shannon Matesky
Jack Lawrence Mayer
Madsen Minax
Ryan Muncy
Lila Newman
Leigh-Ann Pahapill
Catherine Pancake
Nolan Pearson
Marc David Pinate
Nada Shalaby
Sarah Sohn
Spencer Stucky
Leonard Suryajaya
Norman Teague
Francisco Castillo Trigueros
Matt Ulery
Rachel Walshe
Shane Ward
Eric Watts

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At the Performers' College: A University Degree

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|| July 21: 2017: University of Chichester News || ά. A new partnership, between the University of Chichester and one of the country’s leading institutions for musical theatre and dance training, has been launched to develop a new generation of artists. The venture between the West Sussex institution and Essex-based Performers' College intends to establish a new degree, starting in September 2018.

The BA Honours programme will be validated by the University but hosted at the College to offer comparable training to its venerated diploma courses. Mr Andrew Wright, a Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre at the University, will act as Liaison Tutor and Course Advisor. Mr Wright said, “I am thrilled to be leading on this very exciting collaboration between Chichester and the renowned training institution that is Performers College.

Having trained in a similar conservatoire environment, I feel well positioned to advise on the ways, in which we can create a programme reflecting the high-quality of training the college already offers on its diploma course and align it with the academic frameworks a degree programme requires.

I hope this initiative will foster a connection between the two institutions that leads to the potential for our students to share performance opportunities in the future.” The partnership with Performers College, an independent Further Education conservatoire, is the first of its kind, established by the University.

The new degree programme intends to provide the students with the skills and experience necessary to start a career on-stage or work towards higher education learning in an academic learning environment.

College Principal Ms Tracey Lee said, “Performers College is absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with University of Chichester to deliver a BA Honours degree to complement our existing level six Trinity College London diploma courses.

We are thrilled to be working alongside University faculty and we are looking forward to offering this exciting new course from September 2018.”

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With a Two-Hour Traffic on In Response to Politics: Theatre Renegade at the Other Palace Studio: July 24

 

|| July 20: 2017 || ά. In the wake of a global shift in politics, that saw reality star Donald Trump become the 45th President of the United States of America, Nigel Farage’s Brexit campaign win the majority and the Conservative party seek out a deal with the DUP, Theatre Renegade is to present a one-off gala, In Response To… Politics. With performances from critically acclaimed performers including Pippa Nixon, Madalena Alberto, Gloria Onitiri and Nigel Richards In Response To…Politics will take place on July 24 at The Other Palace Studio and feature a number of pieces, each designed to directly respond to the current political turmoil.

Ryan Forde Iosco, Artistic Director of Theatre Renegade, said, “Many countries, our own included, are seeing a huge shift in their political landscape and fear and hate have been the leading force behind several recent campaigns. This evening will see the theatre community come together in solidarity to respond and raise its voice in solidarity.” Taking place on Monday at 20:00 at the Studio, based at 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA for a running time of approximately  two hours, with interval. All profits from the evening will be donated to the charity Liberty, to protect civil liberties and promote human rights.

Among the writers taking part are Georgia Fitch: Fit and Proper People: RSC:Soho Theatre, I Like Mine with A Kiss:Bush Theatre and Dirty Dirty Princess:National Theatre Connections, Hassan Abdulrazzak: Baghdad Wedding:Soho Theatre and BBC Radio Three, The Prophet:Gate Theatre, winner of the 2008 George Devine Award and Camilla Whitehill: Where Do Little Birds Go: VAULT award winner:Underbelly:Old Red Lion, Mr VAULT award winner:Underbelly, currently under commission with the Bush Theatre.

Among the directors taking part are Rafaela Marcus: Pericles: Shakespeare’s Globe: Boeing Boeing: Sheffield Crucible, Lucy Atkinson: The Enchantment:  US Premiere at Here: Arts in New York, Tristan Bernay’s Testament: Vaults and Nathan Crossan-Smith: Runner Up for the JMK Award 2017 and Deutsche Bank Award for Dramatic Art 2014 winner for Tipping Point.

Among the performers taking part are Madalena Alberto, Pippa Nixon, Nigel Richards  and Gloria Onitiri. ω.

Listings Info:
In Response To… Politics
The Other Palace Studio 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA.
Monday: July 24: 20:00: show runs approximately two hours with interval
Tickets: £20
Access Rate: disabled patrons and registered access companions may purchase Studio
Box office: 020 7087 7900: theotherplace.co.uk

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Students Head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the 21st Year: In These 21 Years the Only Structure That Remains in Place is the Company at Which Students Arrived Fretted and Strutted and Were Heard No More: This Time There are New Students Taking New Roles: Theatre That is Life: Make It Count: August 04-27

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|| July 11: 2017: University of Dundee News || ά. Students from the University of Dundee will be treading the boards once again at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Members of LIP Theatre Company will take on two plays this August, in what will be their 21st year at the popular event. Both plays have been written by students themselves. ‘Open Heart Surgery’ opens on Friday, August 04 and is about a relationship counsellor, who is attempting to help her first ever same-sex clients.

Their second play, ‘Size Matters’, focuses on Jim Arrandale, a former household name. He is trying to make a comeback but no one wants to work with him. It will open on Tuesday, August 15. Incoming President of the company Rob Currie said, “LIP Theatre Company has a long tradition of bringing exciting new drama to the Edinburgh Fringe and we're thrilled to, once again, be bringing two brand new plays to Edinburgh.

“Open Heart Surgery' and 'Size Matters' are both bold and provocative productions and we can't wait to present them to Festival audiences." ‘Open Heart Surgery’ runs from August 04-13 and ‘Size Matters’ runs from August 15-27, excluding 24 and 25. Both plays will be showing at the MacDonald Holyrood Hotel.

Tickets cost £08 and £06 for concessions. To book go to edfringe.com or sweetvenues.com. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Edfringe and Sweet Venues box offices.

LIP Theatre Company is the University of Dundee’s student-led drama society. They give students the opportunity to get involved in all areas of theatre, from writing and acting to costume and set design. They put on a variety of productions every year, from Shakespeare to modern classics, to new writing from members of the society. ω.

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The National Theatre Says: No Need to Go to Bethlehem: Oslo in London: Where and When: Lyttelton Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre: September 2017 Into 2018

 

|| June 19: 2017 || ά. The Lincoln Centre Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Oslo, a new play by J T Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher, was awarded ‘Best Play’ in 2017 Tony Awards in New York. The Winner of every ‘Best Play’ award on Broadway this season, this joins the Best Play awards already given by New York Drama Critics' Circle, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle , Drama League, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards. The National Theatre announced the UK premiere of Lincoln Centre Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Oslo, a gripping new play by J T Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher, which is currently in previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on Broadway. Oslo has a strictly limited run at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre from September 05-23 and, after that, it will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, Where it will run from September 30, 2017- January 06, 2018 in association with ATG.

Oslo tells the true story of how one young couple, Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, Oslo is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of women and men struggling together and fighting each other as they seek to change the world. Mona Juul is currently the Norwegian Ambassador to the UK, the first woman to occupy the role.

NT Director Rufus Norris said, ''The National Theatre is privileged to have the opportunity to present Lincoln Centre Theatre’s production of J T Rogers’ extraordinary play, told with passion and humour, about a significant period in our recent political history. We are delighted to be able to share it with our audiences here at the National Theatre on the South Bank, and in the West End.''

Director Bartlett Sher said, ''Oslo is an exploration of the power of responsible political discourse. As theatre, it brings impossible foes into direct contact with very high stakes. And as a history play, it gave us a chance to explore an important conflict between Israel and Palestine. We can’t imagine a better place to engage in this conversation than the National Theatre.’

Playwright JT Rodgers said, ''I'm thrilled to return again to the National Theatre, which launched my playwriting career. It's a privilege to be bringing OSLO to this powerhouse of UK creativity, and direct into London's West End.''

Lincoln Centre Theatre’s world premiere production of Oslo played to sell-out houses at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theatre in New York in 2016 and is currently in previews for its Broadway opening on April 13 at Lincoln Centre’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

Oslo is written by J T Rogers and directed by Bartlett Sher, with sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Peter John Still and projections by 59 Productions.

JT Rogers’ previous plays for the National Theatre are Blood and Gifts, which premiered at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2010 and The Overwhelming, a co-production between the National Theatre and Out of Joint. His other plays include Madagascar, Theatre503 in London and Melbourne Theatre Company and White People, Off-Broadway, Starry Night Productions. He was one of the authors of the Olivier-nominated The Great Game: Afghanistan at the Tricycle Theatre. His plays have been seen across the US, and in Canada, Germany and Israel.

Bartlett Sher makes his directorial debut for the National Theatre with Oslo. His previous work in the UK includes Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse in 2015, Two Boys for the ENO and South Pacific for the Barbican in 2011, and TFANA’s Cymbeline at the RSC’s The Other Place in 2001. His previous work for Lincoln Centre Theatre includes The King and I, Golden Boy, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza, Tony nominations); South Pacific, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards; also, London, Australia; Blood and Gifts, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, London. Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Broadway Theatre, The Bridges of Madison County, Schoenfeld. Off-Broadway: Prayer for My Enemy, Playwrights Horizons, Waste, Best Play Obie Award, Don Juan, Pericles, TFANA, BAM. Upcoming productions include Adam Guettel’s new musical Millions and My Fair Lady for LCT.

Oslo Listings Information

National Theatre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX
Dates: September 05-26, 2017
Performances: Monday to Saturday at 19:30, Thursday and Saturday at 14:00

Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN
Dates: September 30, 2017-January 06, 2018
Performances: Monday to Saturday at 19:30, Thursday and Saturday at 14:00

For ticket and other information. ω.

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It's Not All Quiet on the Western Front at the Finsbury Park Theatre Where Mark Ryland and Friends to Make a Show of War and Peace: June 18


|| June 14: 2017 || ά. Stop the War Coalition has teamed up with the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, North London to bring Mark Rylance and Friends: Myths of War on Sunday, June 18. On this special, one-night only occasion Oscar-winning actor, writer and Stop the War patron Mr Mark Rylance will be re-enacting American historian, playwright and famed anti-war activist Howard Zinn’s Three Holy Wars.

Alongside him, actress Ms Kika Markham and other special guests will be performing a range of anti-war material, including a passage from Erich Maria Remarque's The Road Back. Mr Mark Rylance is an Oscar-winning actor and writer. He has won the Olivier Award and BAFTA Awards for his acting in the film A Bridge of Spies, as well as for his role as David Kelly in the 2005 Channel Four Drama the Government Inspector and for playing Thomas Cromwell in the 2015 BBC Two miniseries Wolf Hall.

He was the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Ms Kika Markham is a renowned actress, who has made many appearances on TV, including in Mr Selfridge, Holby City, Forsythe Saga, The Bill, Poirot, Return of Sherlock Holmes etc., as well as in numerous classical and modern plays.

Howard Zinn, 1922-2010 was a famous US historian. He was a participant of the Civil Rights Movement and of the anti-war movement, including during the war in Vietnam. He wrote a range of legendary essays and books, including A People's History of the United States.

Erich Maria Remarque, 1898-1970 was a novelist and screenwriter famous, amongst other things, for the classic anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front, which depicts the soldiers' experience of World War One.

Tickets went on sale this morning and are selling fast! They are priced at £15 or £20 with all funds raised going directly to Stop the War. ω.

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Almeida Theatre Launches Figures of Speech: Words are All That Humans Have to Show That They Can Dream



|| May 14: 2017 || ά. The Almeida Theatre  launched Figures of Speech, yesterday, a major new digital film project interrogating the vitality of speech, rhetoric, and what visionary leadership sounds like. Figures of Speech will place history’s greatest speeches centre stage through a series of films read by a network of actors and young leaders released online, building a tapestry of dynamic voices and ideas from across the world as a dramatic response to social crisis.

At a time of political turmoil, unprecedented world events and an increasingly divided society, what does inspiring leadership sound like? In 2017 the Almeida will revisit the words of powerful and often surprising orators to remember. Figures of Speech creates a platform for a wider interrogation of what leadership means and the power of the spoken word in the 21st century. Viewers can hear speeches delivered by American politician Harvey Milk spoken by Ian McKellen, Nelson Mandela spoken by Lucian Msamati.

Virginia Woolf spoken by Fiona Shaw; AIDS activist Elizabeth Glaser spoken by Nicola Walker; and Labour Party Politician Neil Kinnock spoken by Ashley Walters. With a network of actors adding dynamic voices to the project, the Almeida will harness the power of performance to explore big political and social ideas.

Figures of Speech films will be available for free, one film released each day for five days, with further slates of films following later in the year, through a dedicated microsite.

All Figures of Speech material is available at speech.almeida.co.uk

Alongside a growing anthology of films, the microsite will feature additional material exploring the speeches, the context within which they were first delivered and the choice to revive them in 2017. The site will feature guest-authored articles and filmed reactions from each speech’s performer alongside an audience made up of people from local communities that have direct connections to the themes explored. To complement each speech, inspiring young leaders aged 15-25 from across London have been invited to respond to Figures of Speech and deliver a speech of their own, crafted through an Almeida Participation programme, inviting previously unheard voices to share the platform.

Figures of Speech is conceived by Rupert Goold and directed by Anthony Almeida.

Figures of Speech is the Almeida’s third marathon theatre event, following day-long durational readings of The Iliad and The Odyssey in 2015, which inspired audiences of over 50,000 people across the UK and around the world.

Anthony Almeida was Resident Director at the Almeida in 2015 where his work as associate director included: The Odyssey; The Iliad; Oresteia, also, West End and Game.

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed Richard III, which was broadcast live to cinemas around the world in July 2016, Medea, The Merchant of Venice, King Charles III and American Psycho, which opened on Broadway in April 2016. He was Artistic Director of Headlong from 2005 until 2013 where his work included The Effect, ENRON, Earthquakes in London and Decade.

Other theatre credits include Made in Dagenham in the West End; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida; Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway; and No Man’s Land at The Gate, Dublin and in the West End. He has twice been the recipient of the Laurence Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director. He was Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009 to 2012 and was Artistic Director of Northampton Theatres from 2002 to 2005.

 On film he directed the BAFTA nominated Richard II, part of The Hollow Crown, and Macbeth for the BBC, feature True Story, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, and an adaptation of his production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two, which will air in May. His production of Ink, a new play by James Graham, opens in June. Rupert was awarded a CBE for services to drama in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.

Figures of Speech has been supported by a number of generous individual Almeida supporters.
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Whatever Your Field of Work and Wherever in the World You are, Please, Make a Choice to Do All You Can to Seek and Demand the End of Death Penalty For It is Your Business What is Done in Your Name. The Law That Makes Humans Take Part in Taking Human Lives and That Permits and Kills Human Lives is No Law. It is the Rule of the Jungle Where Law Does Not Exist. The Humanion

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