The Long Trick – Vault Festival

Being in a London bubble, it can be easy to believe that gentrification is just a city-centric issue; it isn't. A different but no less virulent breed thrives in the picturesque and sleepy towns...

Production Week Diary: Part 2

So the roof didn't fall in around our heads, but it did feel rather as though the world was ending... In the world of the play, that is. At half built stage, the stage space...

“Not a quiet or comfortable watch” – Pinter at the Pinter: 1 – The...

The second preview of 'Pinter at the Pinter' Part 1 went off with a bang at The Harold Pinter Theatre tonight, not something you might have expected from a playwright famous for his pregnant...

Production Week Diary: Part 1

One year in the planning, three months in the making and it all boils down to... PRODUCTION WEEK. The make or break for any production, professional or amateur, are those crucial final few days before...

Rehearsal Diary: Directing ‘Going it Alone’ with The Write Network

Directing 'Going it Alone', by Paula David has been an incredibly rewarding journey. A truly special little play, which I hope has a future of further development, working with Paula and the amazing Write...

“Consider the lights that loom large” – The Dark – Tara Arts

Fear, through the eyes of a child, is very different from that of an adult. The stakes are different when you can't grasp 'life or death', the consequences of actions are not fully realised...

The War of the Worlds – Dominion Theatre – 08/03/16

It is testament to the power of the original story, that War of the Worlds has existed in so many different guises since it's inaugural publication as a serial in 1897. Now it's musical...

In the Rehearsal Room with: Not Your Average Collective

Nobody is average, so why should theatre be? Such is the philosophy of Not Your Average Collective, a newly founded theatre company made up of Brit and Canadian duo Elisha Grace. and Alex Franks. Their goal?...

Production Week Diary: Part 3

Heading home after dress rehearsal, I have much less to say. Because I am tired. My feel hurt. My head hurts. But yet... I feel emotionally charged. Wired, geared up. Buzzing, but yet falling over my own feet. Not...

“Vintage theatre magic” – Red Peppers – The Space@ The Mile

In the face of the relentlessly paced Edinburgh festival, Blue Fire (who feature some familiar faces to Mark Aspen readers, from their sold-out run at Hampton Hill Theatre earlier this year) are still able...