I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book and lyrics Teresa Howard music Steven Edis

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Writing Lab

Another brilliant night at Writing Lab - an MMD Workshop run by Christine Denniston, which I always feel very lucky to be a part of.

We met in a fantastic space just by Bond Street Station - called the The Music Studios.  They are studios for musicians to go and practise and rehearse and every room has a grand piano in it.   There is a link to their website HERE

James Lovelock brought in a scene from his musical Sunshine Guy, which has recently had a production at Birmingham University and a transfer to the Landor Theatre, but he is still refining the show and we read a scene and he sang one of the absolutely beautiful songs.

Karl Miller and Chris Ash presented only the music for a musical they are working on.  They wanted to find out what we got from the music - and wonderfully our feedback was very much what they had hoped.

I brought in a scene from Capture which I had added a character to and moved another, only the day before.   The feedback was really helpful, the dynamics of the scene had changed a lot from this switch and I felt that it had improved so will be keeping it this way for the moment.

Karl, Chris, Christine and Tim Connor and I all went off to a Lebanese cafe afterwards to talk about life, musical theatre and everything - which is always a very important part of the evening!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

London Wall

Maia Alexander at Pat Milligan and Alex Robertson as Mr Brewer

A triumph for Two's Company!

I went to the press night of London Wall last night, a transfer from the Finborough to the spanking new  St James Theatre, in Victoria.  Oh and this production really deserved the move to a bigger theatre, both for more people to see this rediscovered play by John van Druten and also to see this flawless production full of wonderful performances.  It is only on until 1st June so do go and see it. 

London Wall is directed with perfection by Tricia Thorns.  The cast includes: Maia Alexander as Pat Milligan; Mia Austen as Miss Bufton; Emily Bowker as Miss Hooper; Marty Cruickshank as Miss Willesden; Alix Dunmore as Miss Janus; Timothy O’Hara as Hec Hammond; Alex Robertson as Mr. Brewer; Craig Vye as Birkinshaw and David Whitworth as Mr. Walker.

You will be amazed to see how very contemporary a 1930's play can be and the tone of the production brings the story even closer to us.

"LONDON WALL first appeared in the West End in 1931 and offered contemporary audiences a rare look at the life of women office workers in the City. An 80 year old play arrives on stage at a time when the continuing inability of men to see women as professional equals and colleagues is exceedingly topical."

I had a particular interest in going to see this play - John van Druten was a contemporary of Dodie Smith's.  While Dodie and her husband Alec Beasley were living in Hollywood, and she was writing I Capture the Castle, John and his great friend Christopher Isherwood were constant visitors to Dodie's home.  I think it was also Dodie's idea that John should adapt Christopher's book, Goodbye to Berlin into a stage play - which was later called I am a Camera and then adapted by Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb into the musical Cabaret!!

You can book tickets on the St James Theatre website HERE

Our new St James Theatre is a really fantastic space and I look forward to seeing more shows there in the future!  It seats about 312 and has a thrust stage, with a steeply raked auditorium making this a really wonderful space for intimate theatre.  There is also a studio theatre seating 100 and a fab bar!

A wonderful four star review of London Wall in the Telegraph by Charles Spencer