#DANISH – MEET THE DANES a Digital A Fringe ExChange event

The Danish Arts Foundation and WILDTOPIA present

A Fringe ExChange event


11. August 11.00AM – 12.45PM

– 11.00 – 12.10: #DANISH discussions and talk

– 12.10 – 12.45: #DANISH meet up (facilitated networking in breakout rooms)




18. August (Approx. 2pm – please check www.zoofestival.co.uk/schedule for final details)

In the wake of the cancellation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020 many artists are working on a number of fringe-adjacent digital projects designed to keep the flame burning until we can fully return in 2021.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has created a series of online Fringe ExChange industry events for international performing arts professionals, which will take place throughout what would have been the festival period 7. – 31. August 2020, alongside a variety of other Fringe focused events.

#DANISH is one of the Danish Arts Foundation’s international foci, and is delighted to present two events giving focus to two shows that were selected and supported by The Danish Arts Foundation to be signature #DANISH shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


We love them. The losers who against all odds prevail over their own inferiority, social heritage and completely unfair loser-life. But what if it’s us, our values and existence which end up defeated? What if we are the losers? Meet multiple award-winning director Tue Biering from Fix & Foxy, as he discusses his highly provocative, intensely political drama ‘ROCKY! RETURN OF THE LOSER’ with two international guests who specialise in theatre and know his work. This show set the agenda in Danish Theatre the year it was made, winning the prestigious Danish Reumert Award, completely knocking-out Danish reviewers and leaving audiences speechless.

ROCKY! Will also be streamed as part of  #ZOOTV, Zoo Venue’s online Edinburgh Fringe performance streaming service, available from 17 to 28 August. ROCKY will be screened on the 18th August and the works will then remain on ZOO TV to watch until 28 August.


Raw physics, everyday stunts and DON GNU attitude where the ground beneath four performers literally disappears and rules, routines and common norms we all take for granted suddenly lose their significance.  Meet artistic directors Jannik Elkjær and KristofferLouis Andrup Pedersen from prolific touring Danish dance company DON GNU discussing their latest dancepiece WALK-MAN, an exceptional piece of stunt-theatre where poetry and humour shed new light on everyday boring routines and our way of being together as humans.


Attendees will also hear shorter precis of the musicdramatic work with humansize puppets DUST by Sew Flunk Fury Wit as well as the physical comedies THE LETTER and JEKYLL ON ICE (family show) by Paolo Nani. All works that would have been at the EdFringe this year.


The world has changed rapidly and unexpectedly. It is vital that we take this time to seize more sustainable ways of working in the performing arts and in the world generally. The Danish society nurtures creativity – and Danish companies have the creative capacity to seize and contribute to a more sustainable reality. Audiences will be given an opportunity for a brief insight into research and considerations regarding economic, environmental, and social sustainability for EdFringe 21 – made and presented by Danish production company WILDTOPIA, long term festival producers.


Both signature shows (ROCKY! THE RETURN OF THE LOSER, and WALK-MAN) are curated and supported by the Danish Arts Foundation. #DANISH is supported by the Embassy of Denmark in the UK. It is produced and developed by Danish production and promotion company WILDTOPIA – acting as external operator for the Danish Arts Foundation. Go to www.danishedfringe.com for more info. For more information on #ZOOTV go to www.zoofestival.co.uk


#DANISH – MEET THE DANES // Fringe ExChange

11. August 11.00AM – 12.45PM

– 11.00 – 12.10: #DANISH discussions and talk

– 12.10 – 12.45: #DANISH meet up (facilitated networking in breakout rooms)





(Approx. 2pm – please check www.zoofestival.co.uk/schedule for final details)




Iris Theatre today announces their summer festival of outdoor live performance, bringing together some of the most exciting break-out artists and companies, following the very welcome change in government guidelines on open-air theatre. Specifically tailored for a socially distanced audience, all reservations are per Bubble Bench which will be placed 1m apart rather than individual tickets and each bench can accommodate up to two adults.

The festival runs from 14 – 29 August 2020 in the grounds ofthe St. Paul’s Covent Garden, Actors Church. The full programme includes solo show inspired by Peter Pan Dear Peter written and performed by Evangeline DicksonWords I’ve Said (work-in-progress) written by Asa Haynes and Jesse Bateson which is a new play about family and those we’ve lost; a storytelling hour with Fiona & The Fox by children’s company Wild Geese Theatre; a day of live music with PLATFORM – in the garden with composer Dylan Wynford, spoken word artist Reuben Johnson and folk musician Nick Hart, and brand new musical St Anne Comes Home written and composed by Jack Miles.

Artistic Director of Iris Theatre, Paul-Ryan Carberry today said, “In what has been a challenging few months, I am delighted that my first season with Iris Theatre is under way and we are able to announce this summer sharing of work today. We are so excited to be bringing together an incredible bunch of artists and companies and we can’t wait to celebrate their exceptional work with our audience. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of the people who have supported us throughout this crisis – without them, this festival or any of our other work, would not have been possible. I look forward to welcoming our audience back to the gardens of The Actors Church, and although we may be apart in distance, we will be together in celebration.”


Written and performed by Evangeline Dickson

Directed by Kayla Feldman

14 – 15 August at 5pm and 7pm

“If this is what growing up feels like then I never want it to stop”

Join Ash on her 25th birthday as J.M. Barrie’s seminal hero Peter Pan throws her back in time in this enchanting solo show written and performed by Evangeline Dickson, which was first performed as part of Maiden Speech. Set to a nostalgia-infused soundtrack, Dear Peter explores whether anyone is truly free from growing up through a collection of fragmented memories, poetic frankness and darkly comedic storytelling.

Age guideline: PG

Ticket price: £25 per Bubble Bench (Seats up to two adults)

WORDS I’VE SAID (work-inprogress)

Written by Asa Haynes and Jesse Bateson

Performed by Jesse Bateson

17- 18 August at 5pm and 7pm

Jordan’s Dad died when he was 18. Today Jordan is 18. She’s never met him. She opens a letter addressed to her from him. She reads it. She tries to picture what he looks like. How he sounds. What a hug from him feels like.

Join us in the gardens for a work-in-progress sharing of this touching new play about family and those we’ve lost.

Age guideline: 15+

Ticket price: £25 per Bubble Bench (Seats up to two adults)


By Wild Geese Theatre

19 – 20 August at 2pm and 4:30pm

From Wild Geese Theatre, this one-hour storytelling family-friendly experience, devised for children aged 5-11, tells the story of Fiona – a kid from the city, who has a strange sort of pet.

In her garden, in the middle of the night and the muddle of sounds and streetlights, a fox comes prowling…

Age guideline: 5-11 year olds (Plus their grown-ups)

Ticket price: £25 per Bubble Bench


22nd August, bar open from 2pm

Reserve your spot for free and grab yourself a drink at our bar. Join folk musician Nick Hart, Musical Theatre composer Dylan Wynford and spoken word artist Reuben Johnson for a relaxed day of original music and verse to be filmed in the gardens of the actors church.

Age guideline: 18+

Ticket Price: Free (Reserve your spot in advance)

Willow Walk Productions presents


Written and Composed by Jack Miles

Directed by Martha Geelan; Musical Supervision: Joe Beighton

On 29th August at 2:30pm and 6pm

London can be lonely. But on the steps of St. Anne’s Church two people strike up an unlikely friendship. James has spent years running away from his problems, while Bridget is trapped by hers.

A brand-new folk musical written and composed by Jack Miles and told through original folk music.  St. Anne Comes Home is a story about community, fear and forgiveness, that explores how reaching out might help us find our way.

Age guideline: 12+ (Includes themes of alcoholism)

Ticket Price: £36 per Bubble Bench (Seats up to two adults)


Iris theatre also announcethat Sofi Berenger will be made Chair of the Board and Kris Milovsorov has joined the board of trustees. This follows the stepping down of Rev. Simon Grigg as Chair who will remain on the board and the departure of trustees Andy MakinYvonne L’Anson and Andy Charles

Sofi Berenger today said, “As this is an organisation I’ve been involved with since 2015, I’m now incredibly excited to be taking over as the new Chair of the Board. I look forward to helping lead our Charity through its next chapter under the leadership of Paul-Ryan Carberry. I thank Rev. Simon Grigg for his exceptional service as Chair over the last decade and I am delighted he will remain alongside us on the board of trustees. I’d also like to thank Andy Makin, Yvonne I’Anson and Andy Charles for their long service to Iris and a big warm welcome to our new trustee, Kris Milovsorov.”

LISTINGS                                                                                 ST PAULS COVENT GARDEN, ACTORS CHURCH

St Paul’s Church Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9ED


14 – 15 August at 5pm and 7pm

Ticket price: £25 per bubble bench

WORDS I’VE SAID (Work in progress)

On 17 – 18 August at 5pm and 7pm

Ticket price: £25 per bubble bench


On 19 – 20 August at 2pm and 4:30pm

Age guideline: 5-11 year olds (Plus their grown ups)

Ticket price: £25 per bubble bench


22 August, from 2pm

Age guideline: 18+

Ticket Price: Free (Reserve your spot in advance)


29 August at 2:30pm and 6pm

Age guideline: 12+ (Includes themes of alcoholism)

Ticket Price: £36 per bubble bench

Twitter – @stannemusical

Instagram – @stannemusical

For more information and to book tickets please visit – www.iristheatre.com

Theatres Trust share reaction to PM’s lunchtime statement regarding Stage 4 date change

Following Boris Johnson’s statement at midday, we now know that theatres cannot open for socially-distanced performances tomorrow. 

Jon Morgan, director of Theatres Trust, comments:

It is disappointing that  socially-distanced indoor performances will not be able to go ahead tomorrow. However in reality the majority of theatres were not planning to reopen for shows tomorrow so a two week delay will not make a huge difference. Most theatres will not be able to put on productions until we reach Stage 5, which allows fuller audiences, so that is the most critical date for much of the sector.

Eleven Queens, one royally spectacular Drive-In experience | West End Musical Drive-In, Saturday 12 September

Eleven Queens from Six The Musical join
forces for West End Musical Drive-In
The Drive In, Troubadour Meridian Water, Harbet Road, London, N18 3QQ
12th September 2020

Divorced. Beheaded. Live at the drive-in! Eleven past and current Six The Musical cast members will be headlining the West End Musical Drive-In on Saturday 12th September. For the first time, Courtney Bowman, Maddie Bulleyment, Collette Guitart, Sophie Isaacs, Vicki Manser, Shekinah McFarlane, Grace Mouat, Natalie Paris, Jarneia Richard-Noel, Courtney Stapleton and Jodie Steele will gear up and join forces for a royally spectacular musical theatre celebration

Much like their West End Musical Brunch, which sell out months in advance, West End Musical Drive-In is an immersive event where the audience ‘become the cast,’ singing and dancing along with the West End stars. Widening the scope of the audience, guests will now also be able to attend the event without a car, in groups of maximum five people – just bring your camping chairs and portable radio and enjoy!

Also featuring in West End Musical Drive-In in August will be theatre legend John Owen-Jones (Phantom of the Opera; Les Misérables), Sophie Evans (Wicked; BBC’s Over The Rainbow), Oliver Saville (Wicked; CATS), Layton Williams(Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; RENT), X factor finalist Shan Ako (Les Misérables) and Maiya Quansah-Breed (Six The Musical), with additional special guests still to be announced

Producer Chris Steward comments, We’re so excited to be bringing so many Queens together for such a special performance. Although it’s a drive in, in-line with government guidelines, fans will also be able to attend in small groups even without a car and be right at the front of the stage. If last Saturday’s event is anything to go by the atmosphere is going to be electric!

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella to be streamed online



Birmingham’s Royal Ballet’s celebrated production of Cinderella will be broadcast in full on Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website and Facebook page to mark the end of its online Home from Home series. Its digital premiere will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 25 August and be available to watch for seven days thereafter via brb.org.uk/watch-cinderella

Sir David Bintley’s enchanting fairytale ballet, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s sumptuous score, captures every imagination with its magical mix of dance, spectacular costumes and scenery by designer John Macfarlane, and a cast of characters from the fairy godmother and step sisters to a mythical world of mice, lizards and even a dancing frog.

This family-friendly production was filmed during the premiere run of the ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2010 and featured as the BBC Christmas ballet that year. It stars Elisha Willis as Cinderella, Iain Mackay as the Prince and Marion Tait as the Stepmother; the Royal Ballet Sinfonia is conducted by Music Director Koen Kessels.

The broadcast of Cinderella will be free to watch; but in lieu of a ticket, from those who feel they can, we would be delighted to receive donations via the brb.org.uk/watch-cinderella page; all donations help us deliver the amazing work we do both on and off the stage, and we are very grateful for any support given. 

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella will tour the UK in 2021, with dates and venue information available at brb.org.uk/cinderella

Following an uncertain year for everyone, not least for the performing arts, Birmingham Royal Ballet, under the Directorship of Carlos Acosta, looks forward to returning to training in Birmingham from the beginning of August 2020. News of an exciting programme of live autumn performances, including work outdoors, in the community, in socially-distanced arena spaces and using augmented reality and technical innovation, will be announced very soon.

The Addams Family Tour with Samantha Womack moves to 2021





Following the UK Government shutdown of theatres in March, the producers of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a musical comedy, have rescheduled the new UK & Ireland Tour to dates in 2021.  The Tour will now open in Cardiff on 26 January 2021.  Samantha Womack and Cameron Blakely will revive their much loved roles as Morticia and Gomez Addams, based on the characters created by Charles Addams.  THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a musical comedy, has a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the creators of multi award-winning Jersey Boys, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and is directed by Matthew White.  Further casting is to be announced.

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows; she’s fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family! Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.  Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.  All the usual clan are present – Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley et al.

Samantha Womack is best known for her long-running role as Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s EastEnders.  Most recently, Samantha guest starred in last year’s series of Silent Witness and she has also played Tanya Dawson for three series of the hit comedy Mount Pleasant, Ingrid in Home Again, Ruth in Babes in the Wood, Imogen in Imogen’s Face and Mandy in the hugely popular Game On.  Samantha’s film credits include the box office breaking Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Kingsman: The Secret Service.  Her stage credits include Nellie Forbush in the Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award-winning production of South Pacific (Barbican Theatre & UK Tour), Michael Grandage’s West End production of Guys & Dolls opposite Patrick Swayze (Piccadilly Theatre) and Peter Hall’s production of Pinter’s Betrayal (Theatre Royal Bath).  Most recently, Samantha starred in The Girl on the Train in the West End and on a UK Tour.

Cameron Blakely’s previous theatre credits include the roleof Thenardier in Les Misérables, a role he played for two years in London’s West End. Cameron was also part of the 25th Anniversary at the O2, where he played Bamatabois. Other credits include Smee in Stiles and Drewe’s Peter Pan at the Adelphi Theatre and Fagin in Oliver! at The Watermill Theatre. He has also appeared in many productions at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew.  Most recently, he played Dennis Dupree in the UK Tour of Rock of Ages, and Lex Hogan in Eugenius! at The Other Palace.

Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman wrote or co-wrote the film screenplays for SleeperAnnie HallManhattanManhattan Murder MysteryFor the Boys and Intersection, and was head writer for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  Rick Elice’s play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine nominations and won five 2012 Tony Awards.  He also wrote the book for The Cher Show, a musical based on the early life and career of Cher, which opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in December 2018.  Andrew Lippa wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical, Big Fish, the music for the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin’s play The Farnsworth Invention and the book, music and lyrics for the Drama Desk award-winning musical The Wild Party.  He wrote the song called ‘Evil Like Me’, which was sung by Dove Cameron and Kristin Chenoweth in the 2015 Disney film Descendants.

British director Matthew White has directed the UK Tours of Mr Stink, Carousel and The Producers, the UK Tour and West End run of the multi award-winning Top Hat, and, for the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Boy Friend, She Loves Me, CandideSweet Charity (and West End) and Little Shop of Horrors (and West End).

THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2021 UK & Ireland Tour is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Music & Lyrics Limited, and is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

For further information, please visit www.theaddamsfamily.co.uk Twitter: @AddamsFamilyUK


26-30 January New Theatre, Cardiff 029 2087 8889 www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

1-6 February The Orchard Theatre, Dartford 01322 220000 www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

9-13 February Liverpool Empire 0844 871 3017* www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire on sale soon

16-20 February Bradford Alhambra 01274 432000 www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

23-27 February Royal & Derngate, Northampton 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk

2-6 March Bristol Hippodrome 0844 871 3012* www.atgtickets.com/bristol on sale soon

9-13 March Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 0131 529 6000 www.capitaltheatres.com

16-20 March New Wimbledon Theatre 0844 871 7646* www.atgtickets.com/new-wimbledon-theatre on sale soon

30 March – 3 April Glasgow King’s Theatre 0844 871 7648* www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre on sale soon

6-10 April Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin 0844 847 2455* www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

13-17 April The Alexandra, Birmingham 0844 871 3011* www.atgtickets.com/birmingham on sale soon

27 April – 1 May His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen 01224 641122 www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

4-8 May Newcastle Theatre Royal 0844 811 2121 www.theatreroyal.co.uk

11-15 May The Lowry, Salford 0343 208 6000 www.thelowry.com

18-22 May Nottingham Theatre Royal 0115 989 5555 www.trch.co.uk

25-29 May Hull New Theatre 01482 300 306 www.hulltheatres.co.uk on sale soon

1-5 June Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 871 7652* www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre on sale soon

8-12 June Churchill Theatre, Bromley 020 3285 6000 www.churchilltheatre.co.uk

22-26 June New Theatre, Oxford 0844 871 3020* www.atgtickets.com/oxford on sale soon

6-10 July New Victoria Theatre, Woking 0844 871 7645* www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre on sale soon

*Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge

Further tour dates to be announced.

Charlotte Holmes Adventure Box: New theatrical experience for familes and children during lockdown summer as Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, Dukes Lancaster and The Big Tiny join forces

Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, The Dukes Lancaster and The Big Tiny present

A Brand-New Interactive Theatrical Experience For Families And Children

Charlotte Holmes: Adventure Box

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Building on the success of its digital offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield have collaborated with Lancaster’s treasured arts venue The Dukes and theatre producers The Big Tiny to create Charlotte Holmes, a new interactive theatrical experience for 7 – 12 year olds to enjoy at home. Unfolding over seven fun-filled days, the Adventure Box is packed with games, recorded performances from actors, activities, mysteries, clues, puzzles and online content.

Set in 1940, Charlotte Holmes follows the story of a young girl who has been evacuated to Yorkshire during World War II and follows in the steps of legendary, super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.  The Charlotte Holmes Activity Box has been developed out of a need for creative activities for young people whose opportunities have disappeared when arts organisations were forced to close during lockdown. Offering an alternative to summer schools, which in many cases have been cancelled, this is the perfect artistic and educational gift to get children out and about during the holidays, with 10+ hours of play time.

At a time when many arts organisations went dark, the Lawrence Batley Theatre has been at the forefront of digital innovation during the cultural shift caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and has risen above many other organisations while continuing to adapt and bring original online theatre to the world, at a time when the theatre industry faces ongoing struggles. Within days of lockdown, the theatre had launched their completely free online channel, LBTV, filled with workshops and masterclasses, storytelling sessions and backstage videos – reaching over 17,500 views. Alongside their free programme, they produced two online plays; The Understudy and Nigel Slater’s Toast, which welcomed digital audiences from over 40 countries.

Additionally, the Dukes has played a huge part during the COVID-19 Pandemic and have been working digitally since lockdown with their channel the Digital Dukes. They have launched five participatory online creative programmes reaching 43,000 and commissioned ten artists to create online content reaching 43,500 online over the lockdown period.

Henry Filloux-Bennett, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Lawrence Batley Theatre comments,  We are thrilled to be working alongside our friends at The Big Tiny and the Dukes in Lancaster. Charlotte Holmes builds on the success of our digital programme which has now reached over 20,000 views through our ticketed online plays and free platform LBTV – allowing us to reach new audiences by keeping young people and their families entertained and educated during the summer holidays”.

The Big Tiny are theatrical imagineers specialising in family entertainment.  From their workshops in Greater Manchester they manufacture all things show related from puppets to pantomimes and sets to scripts.  The Big Tiny’s co-founders and producers Ben Richards and Will Cousins said: “We are big believers that theatre should be entertaining and relevant for modern audiences. We’re very proud to be working with our partners at the LBT and the Dukes to create Charlotte Holmes.  It’s exciting to be able to bring something so innovative and creative to family audiences across the country”. 

Karen O’Neill, Director of The Dukes, comments “The Dukes is excited to bring the interactive theatrical adventure of Charlotte Holmes to families across Lancashire and beyond. In partnership with the Lawrence Batley Theatre this unique at home experience is fun for all the family. Working through the clues with help from Charlotte and her new friends to solve the mystery is a must for any young sleuth. The Dukes is committed to high quality family theatre and finding new ways to connect with our audiences during this time through our digital programme.  We hope you will join in adventure“.

Available to purchase from www.thelbt.org or www.dukeslancaster.org, one adventure box has everything needed for a whole family to play along, including: toys, activities, access to online performances, posters, puzzle books plus all the clues to solve four different mysteries.

Maureen Lipman stars in digital revival of Olivier-nominated play | Streaming 10th, 11th & 12th September 2020

Coronation Street’s Maureen Lipman to star
in digital revival of Olivier-nominated play
Streaming worldwide: 10th, 11th & 12th September 2020
Thomas Hopkins & Michael Quinn for Ginger Quiff Media and Hope Mill Theatrein association with Julian Stoneman for MPSI Ltd

Award-winning stage and screen actress Maureen Lipman (Coronation Street, ITV; Celebrity Gogglebox, Channel 4; The Pianist) will star in an online revival of Martin Sherman’s Rose this September. The new production will be filmed and made available to download and stream online for three days only, in collaboration with the Hope Mill Theatre.

This sharply drawn portrait of a feisty Jewish woman blends the personal with the political as it traces Rose’s story from the devastation of Nazi-ruled Europe to conquering the American dream. Rose reflects on what it means to be a survivor. Her remarkable life began in a tiny Russian village, took her to Warsaw’s ghettos and a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona canyons, and salsa-flavoured nights in Miami beach

This powerful one-woman tour-de-force by Martin Sherman (Bent, 1979) was nominated for an Olivier when it first premiered at the National Theatre in 1999. This new production, directed by Scott Le Crass (Country Music, Omnibus Theatre; Elmer, UK and International tour), in close collaboration with Sherman, is a moving reminder of some of the harrowing events that shaped
the century. It remains sadly relevant today as racial tensions escalate, and allegations of antisemitism are rife

Taking on the role made famous by Olympia Dukakis, Lipman is Rose, a woman shaped by her history. She offers an intimate and, at times, humorous account of the 20th century, and the ultimate triumph of humanity. This thought-provoking production acts as a caution, highlighting the importance of unity in the face of adversity, and the need to recognise and empathise with the suffering of others

Maureen Lipman comments, I always wanted to play Rose in Martin Sherman’s play but this is the first time I have been available -if you call working on Coronation Street at the same time as learning forty five pages of stunning dialogue, availability. It gives me a thrill to think I will be doing it for a cause as great as the future of the Hope Mill Theatre

The production is pleased to be streaming in support of three wonderful charities: Age UK, The Fed, and UK Jewish Film




Cambridge Junction today announces the experimental digital production Recovering Misogynist written and read by Rachel Mariner will be available to watch from12 August at 7pm.Thisdeeplyautobiographical readinghas been set to moving images by Fourth Culture Films Ltd and Twoflix,withmusic by Michel Csanyé-Wills and dramaturgy by Hannah Jane Walker and Caroline Horton. The production is followed by a post-show discussion and will then be available to stream until 26 August here on a pay what you want basis –  www.junction.co.uk/recovering-misogynist

Recovering Misogynist is a magical realist #metoo story.

Itrips through Bluebeard, Mary Beard, Evangelical Christians, Occupy activists, lawyers in Washington, mums in Cambridge, the possibility of justice and you, the audience, as a kind of jury. Tarana Burke started #metoo to create empowerment through empathy. Can that really be a kind of power? Now? For us all?

Rachel Mariner today said, “When Ronan Farrow broke the Harvey Weinstein story I felt sorry for Harvey Weinstein and this play is me figuring out what the hell was wrong with me. Recovering Misogynist attempts to uncover my own unconscious bias against women – including myself – for an audience. It is, amusingly, the least flattering work I can imagine. It was written for an actor to perform on stage but has been adapted for now into a digital theatre offering after my local artist collective – Troop — enjoyed the confessional quality of the playwright’s voice in a Zoom reading. Fourth Culture and Twoflix added images of Cambridge in lockdown. It asks the audience to be a kind of jury. See what you decide.

Rachel Mariner is an American playwright living in Cambridge. Her previous theatre credits include Bill Clinton Hercules (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/ Adelaide Fringe/ Park Theatre), Treason Play (Cambridge Junction), and Wedding at Cana (OneWheaton). She is working on a television series about the women behind the Magna Carta. She is a former trial lawyer and the debate coach at her kids’ school.



Caroline Horton is a writer and theatre-maker. Her theatre credits include All of Me (The Possibility of Future Splendour)Muckers (UK tour), Mess (Traverse Theatre) and You’re Not Like Other Girls Chrissy (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).

Hannah Jane Walker is a poet and theatre-maker. Her performance credits include Highly Sensitive (UK tour), I Wish I Was LonelyThe Oh Fuck Moment (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and This Is Just To Say (Brighton Fringe).

Recovering Misogynist has been supported by Catherine Willmore and Troop, the Cambridge Junction Artist collective, Cambridge Junction, Park Theatre, and Josie Dale-Jones. The production has funding from Arts Council England.



Yellow Earth Theatre today announces that Rogelio Braga, Lao Lee, Nemo Martin and Marie Yan have been awarded £2000 seed commissions to develop new plays as part of the Professional Writers Programme 2020-22. Under the mentorship of director and dramaturg Ng Choon Ping, the seed commission comprises of one-to-one dramaturgy meetings and development workshops with actors and directors over two years. They were selected out of 17 writers participating in Phase 1 of the Programme, and all will continue to meet and attend masterclasses from industry professionals.

Yellow Earth’s Professional Writers Programme is a two-year programme for writers of East and Southeast Asian descent, supporting those writers with their play development, ideas and craft. Previous commission recipients include Julie Tsang, whose play Fix ran at The Pleasance in January 2020; Kyo Choi, whose play The Apology is forthcoming at the Arcola Theatre; Amy Ng, who recently adapted Miss Julie for Chester Storyhouse in February 2020; and Joanne Lau, who has just been selected for the Sphinx 30 female playwrights programme.

Rogelio Braga todaysaid, “Miss Philippines is a play that explores the themes of loss, violence, beauty, and the power of collective resistance to a patriarchal fascist regime in the present Philippines. Imagine you are provided the opportunity to tell this story without the fear of state persecution, harassment and intimidation? This is not just victory; this is human life for someone who fled his country because he was just doing what he was made to do: writing”. 

Lao Lee today today said, “I’m thrilled and so grateful for the support and opportunity to work on a full-length play with Yellow Earth. More so than ever, it’s crucial for marginalised voices to be heard and I hope to champion queer East Asian stories being told on our stages.”  

Nemo Martin 
today said, “zaazaa is about something I care a lot about: my friends and support systems, and so I’m very glad to continue writing this play with the PWP, and to continue building it into something that hopefully vindicates fellow angry queers of colour as much as it does myself.

Marie Yan today said, “I believe writing is as much about talent as about environment. We grow like plants do. Receiving the Yellow Earth Theatre seed commission for A Tidal Home is very much the promise of a rich environment to thrive on and deliver my best writing. I am deeply thankful for their trust.”

Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre, Kumiko Mendl today said “I’m immensely excited to be working with all four of these incredible writers, each has a vital story to share with the world, each in their own distinctive way. I feel privileged to be part of this journey and grateful for a programme that can give sustained development and support time specifically to BESEA writers.”

Ng Choon Ping is a director. His theatre credits include Tamburlaine (Arcola Theatre), Crocodiles (Royal Exchange Theatre), Collision/Carla’s Puppet (National Theatre), Snap (Young Vic), A Magical Place (Old Red Lion Theatre), Pufferfish (Vaults Festival), Sellotape SistersGolden Child (New Diorama), 10 Steps 2 Heaven (Tristan Bates Theatre), and The Truth (Singapore Repertory Theatre). His credits as an assistant director includes Troilus and Cressida (RSC), Cyprus Avenue (Public Theatre/Royal Court Theatre), Bakersfield Mist (Duchess Theatre), Nut (National Theatre) and Chimerica (Harold Pinter Theatre/Almeida Theatre).

This programme is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England and Soho Theatre.