Chloe Todd Fordham & Stef Smith: "The new generation of British playwrights"
MLR writers Chloe & Stef spoke to the Independent about the ups and downs of being emerging playwrights!
The Stage talk Theatre Design with expert Max Jones!
MLR Designer, the "straight-talking Bristolian", Max Jones talks to the Stage about the "serious endurance and commitment" needed to make it as a Theatre Designer, and the incredible variety of venues he's enjoyed working at over his career...
...from Theatr Clwyd, to Tokyo, and out in the air at Regent's Park, Max has most recently designed the York Minster Mysteries, an elaborate £1 million production with hundreds of volunteers taking part - quite literally, a HUGE achievement.
Read the full feature on our "increasingly sought after" designer here! https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/2016/max-jones...
The Miami Herald on Tarell's inspiring Summer course - YALS.
Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney's continues to do important and inspirational work with his Youth Artist Leadership Summer programme. The programme gives young women of colour a chance to explore their passion for the arts and rise above the daily discriminations they face in a society still struggling to accept that Black Lives Matter...
“I kept seeing these programs for young men everywhere, young men of colour in particular. Nobody was protecting or thinking about young women, and why don’t they have access to institutional power and rights?” (Tarell)
Read the whole article http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/performin...
This years' students have just performed their version of ANTIGONE:
Lynda Radley outlines vital messages in tackling sexual violence in the Herald Scotland
Playwright Lynda Radley speaks out about what urgently needs to be done in order to prevent sexual violence in our societies worldwide.
Read the article: http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/14653797.Age...
Her play, THE INTERFERENCE, is about campus sexual violence, and will be performed by Pepperdine University students at the Edinburgh Festival this month.
Joshua Carr is nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Award!
Vote for MLR's Lighting Designer Joshua Carr now!
Set up in 2013, the Technical Theatre Awards aim to highlight outstanding achievement and dedication within the technical theatre industry...
Congrats Josh, a well-deserved nomination!
Derek Bond speaks out about directors' pay!
Derek Bond writes for the Guardian about the difficulties in sustaining a career as a freelance theatre director...
Read the article: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jun/15/thea...
Stef talks HUMAN ANIMALS & becoming a playwright!
Watch the post-show discussion at the Royal Court with writer Stef Smith...
HUMAN ANIMALS week 1!
Rehearsals have begun for Stef Smith's brand new play at the Royal Court. Exciting times!
Keep an eye on the rehearsal room blog - week 1 is up, and by the sounds of things they've got well and truly stuck in already...!
Congrats to Nicholas Skilbeck!
Nicholas received a much deserved "Also Recognised Award" for Best Musical Direction for his fabulous work on the multi award-winning GYPSY!
Have a read of his acceptance comments thanking fellow MLR orchestrator Tom Kelly, and of course the stars and producers of the show... http://mytheatremates.com/alsorecognised/2016-also...
Nice work Nicholas!
AMERICAN PSYCHO on The Late Show
Enjoy a sneak peak of Lynne Page's striking choreography on AMERICAN PSYCHO, currently in previews on Broadway!
HANGMEN - Behind the Scenes!
Take a look at some fantastic behind the scenes shots of the show, courtesy of Curtain Call.
I think we can all agree that the Lighting, designed by MLR's Joshua Carr, looks rather magical...
And there's more...https://www.curtaincallonline.com/show/hangmen/73
For another insightful snippet from behind the scenes, Anna Fleischle talks us through bringing the design for HANGMEN to life: http://national-theatre.tumblr.com/post/1412072218...
Let's Talk About Sets...with Tom Piper!
Once again MLR's Tom Piper gives us a fascinating insight into the world of a Designer.
From imagination vs. realism, to the task of embracing a new set of actors at every tour venue (!), Tom reveals his inspiration for the RSC's new A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and why ‘Truth and simplicity' speak most to him...
Read the full What's On Stage Article.
Tarell Alvin Mccraney joins the University of Miami’s Theatre Arts Department!
MLR's playwright, Tarell Alvin McCraney, heads back to his home town as Professor of Theatre and Civic Engagement to teach the art of acting and drama this Autumn.
Taking his passion for inspiring young artists even further, Tarell has also set up a 3 year course designed to give black female high school students training and experience in the arts:
“The goal, ultimately, is to reassure artists in Miami that the ‘305’ is and can be home, and by way of this program, continue to invigorate the cultural capital of our city,”
Nice one, Tarell!
Audio Media International celebrate Paul Arditti's new National Theatre post!
We're extremely proud that Paul has been made Associate Sound Designer at the Royal National Theatre, and it is also a cause for celebration in Audio Media International's latest article...
Paul's "appointment reflects Norris' high regard for the importance of sound and sound design for theatre."
Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National, explains further why this post is so important, and why Paul is the man for the job:
“Paul Arditti is a theatre-maker first and a sound designer second; his massive wealth of experience of theatre generally, and exacting pursuit of excellence in his chosen field, make him a terrific addition to our team,”
“As with all our Associates, Paul will contribute to the philosophical and artistic steering of the organisation as a whole, but he will also have a particular area of focus; sound design is increasingly a hugely complex and integrated part of our theatre language. To have that voice at the table will be invaluable.”
Read the full article here! http://www.audiomediainternational.com/news/paul-a...
John Spurling's THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS wins the Walter Scott Prize!
Author and Playwright John Spurling's fourth novel - based on the story of Wang Meng, one of the greatest Chinese landscape painters - picked up the £25,000 prize for Historical Fiction last weekend.
The Walter Scott Prize is the largest annual fiction prize to be judged outside London, and honours the legacy of Sir Walter Scott, founder of the historical novel. Previous winners include Hilary Mantel's WOLF HALL in 2010.
John's upcoming novel ARCADIAN NIGHTS; STORIES FROM GREEK MYTHS will be published by Duckworth in September this year.
THE ROYALE at the Bush Theatre
I'm thrilled to have recently designed the lighting for THE ROYALE at the Bush Theatre and just wanted to share some photographs I took (in between taking notes of course!) during the dress rehearsal.
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ADRIAN MOLE coming soon!
Get an exclusive look behind the scenes of new musical ADRIAN MOLE, directed by MLR's Luke Sheppard!
Coming to Leicester Curve Theatre in March...
Tom Piper on BBC Radio 2!
We very much enjoyed listening to the wise words of MLR's Tom Piper yesterday afternoon as he discussed all things theatre (and beyond!) with Jeremy Vine.
Download the podcast or listen online to hear Tom's wonderful exploration of 'what makes us human'.
Jamie Glover in the press this week!
Here at MLR HQ we're extremely proud of our client Jamie Glover, who is currently treading the boards himself as the lead in AN IDEAL HUSBAND at Chichester Festival Theatre. He's been getting great reviews for his performance - we particularly like this one from the Times who also acknowledge his work off the stage, as a Director :
"it is Jamie Glover’s central performance as Sir Robert’s friend, the seemingly feckless, secretly heroic Lord Goring, that motors the evening. Glover is one of those quietly brilliant leading men just waiting for the right role to take him to star status"
Jamie also spoke to the Guardian on directing actress Rosalie Craig, in his excellent double bill of Strindberg's MISS JULIE and Peter Shaffer's BLACK COMEDY earlier this year. Take a look here:
Morgan Large's designs for ROOM ON A BROOM feature in The Guardian
"Director Olivia Jacobs tells us how her theatre company Tall Stories adapted Julia Donaldson and Axel Schefler’s classic children’s book into a fabulous stage play."
Morgan's model set and costume design sketches feature in the article:
Model box design:
Lovely mention for Melanie Wilson by Katie Mitchell in her What's On Stage interview...
Another neglected aspect of Mitchell's career trajectory is the team of artistic collaborators that she has built over the years. "In the mythologising of Katie in Europe, the thing that's omitted is the number of British artists that are coming out with me," she points out, mentioning the likes of lighting designer James Farncombe and sound designers Gareth Fry and Melanie Wilson. "It's a total team sport. I work with very large groups of creative colleagues and I couldn't function without them."
Read the full interview:
NT Live camera rehearsal for "A Streetcar Named Desire"
An Introduction to Frost & Hough - Next Time Around
Our first post! An introduction to Frost & Hough, and a portent of things to come...
What if we could start over, and do it all again? Would we make the same mistakes Next Time Around? In this contemplative, bitter-sweet ballad, taken from our musical POSSESSION, a mother and her daughter consider the alternatives, and come to very different conclusions.
Featuring Jo Loxton and Rachel Spurrell.
Ben and Rich
A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic..
Recording my score for "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Young Vic until September 2014. The brilliant Mark Kavuma on trumpet. Also Giacamo Smith on Clarinet, Ruben Fox on Tenor Sax, Jason Simpson on Upright Bass and me on Piano, Mellotron and Moog.
Teh Internet is Serious Business
Delighted to be working on this play by Tim Price about the birth of Hactivism...
Where else but the Royal Court do you get to write music for Pedo Bear and Advice Dog??
The Internet is SERIOUS business....
Drama school showcases
The Trinity Laban Musical Theatre Showcase is this Wednesday at 1pm at the Ambassadors Theatre. Hopefully the finished product will look polished and lovely, something like this:
However, in contrast, this is what the process looks like:
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler
A nice article in today's Observer about our show...
Our band includes a Vibraphone, a musical saw, a Roland Jupiter synth, a harmonium and a pile of lovely, inspired people...
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A snapshot of life behind the scenes at SRT
Here's a glimpse behind the scenes at the Singapore Repertory Theatre which includes some clips of LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD x
A couple of images which are currently inspiring me as I prepare to direct a new adaptation of THE EMPEROR AND THE NIGHTINGALE for Singapore Repertory Theatre
We might put all of the action inside a huge bird cage - so that the Emperor is similarly trapped. Bird cages are such gorgeous objects.. I carried one back from Tunisia as hand luggage once because I loved it so much I had to buy it!
In this version we are thinking of making the Emperor a little boy who is protected, mollycoddled and pandered to by an army of servants. He has never seen the outside world and knows about it only from what he has been told.
Research trip anyone? Yes please...
More later! X
Some of Morgan Large's research for The Water Babies - coming soon to The Leicester Curve