Love & Devotion in Dystopia

By Niki Campbell, content manager @Stagedoor

What is it that’s so delicious about dystopia?

The world of art has predicted, realised and moved through generations of dystopias, and we continue to create and dissect them now. We revel creatively in the pain and frustration, the chilling detail in our collective terror about the future. And why not…

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User reviews: The BEST or the WORST?

By Niki Campbell, Content Manager @ Stagedoor.

I have a love-hate relationship with user reviews.

Like most people I will use Google to avoid disappointment when choosing a restaurant, Airbnb, hairdryer or hand drill BUT I do it reluctantly and would still rather a friend tell me what a great meal they had at this or that trendy new cafe.

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Different Every Night — The Company Breathing New Life Into Improvised Comedy

Not many companies can boast of a residency at The Natural History Museum. But as of 2017 improvised comedy group Do Not Adjust Your Stage have been able to do exactly that. On top of this they can also boast (but they don’t!) of two other residencies running at The Free Association and The Nursery Theatre and all this only a few years after a group of students from Sheffield University decided to form a fledgling improv troupe. I got in contact with Helen O’Donnell, one of the current ensemble of eight, and asked what it is that draws the group to improvisation:

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The Right Ingredients — The Croydonites Festival of New Theatre

By Ethan Taylor, Stagedoor Team.

Croydonites Festival of New Theatre is underway!

The festival, now in its second year, aims to present the works of bold and intrepid theatre companies whilst also providing a platform for local artists. At the helm is Anna Arthur, director of the festival with twenty five years’ worth of experience within the industry.

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Dancing grapefruits, inflatable wings, fake tan and other ways to tackle grief

By Niki Campbell, Content Manager @Stagedoor.

Grief is a universal issue. If you haven’t experienced it as a result of loss, perhaps you can identify with the sensation that the world is, for many, a scary place to be right now.

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Leading By Example: How Theatre Can Think For Itself

By Ethan Taylor, Stagedoor Team.

As we all well know, regardless of which sides of the many fences you may sit on, 2016 was a year of great social, political and cultural upheaval. As a result the world of theatre has been galvanised, producing a myriad of works to reflect and open the debate on issues such as gender equality, racial discrimination, political elitism and the current refugee crisis.

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The Theatrical Spectrum: Privilege And Pressure

By Ethan Taylor, Stagedoor Team.

On their website, Old Sole Theatre Company refer to something they call the ‘theatrical spectrum’. This is something that most are aware of but still like to pretend does not exist; theatre’s overwhelming tendency to categorise and pigeonhole. This is a musical. This is a ‘straight’ play. This is mainstream. This is fringe. Looking to see a comedy? Will that be satirical, political, restoration, bedroom, surrealist, deadpan, farcical, physical or improvisational? There are frankly more genres in theatre than there are celebrity castings.

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Emma Rice’s work isn’t breaking the Globe’s mould — it is expanding it.

By Lara Levet, Partnerships Coordinator @ Stagedoor

Emma Rice became the Globe’s Artistic Director in April 2016, following Mark Rylance and Dominic Dromgoole. Yet, a few days ago, the theatre’s Board decided that Emma’s work didn’t correspond to their conception of the Globe’s mission. Her recent productions and their use of a brand new lighting rig and amp sound system were deemed to distract the Globe from its purpose:

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Is it for you? Your curated guide to the remaining of The Camden Fringe Festival.

By Evi Triantafyllides, Head of Community and Social.

Scroll through the shows, browse, read, decide which are made for you, bookmark and ❤ them on Stagedoor, and possibly…attend?

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For the artists, the explorers, and the curious: The Camden Fringe is here!

By Evi Triantafyllides, Head of Community & Social

Mid-nineties. A duo whose passion and craze for the theatre kept them going through thick and thin, no matter what. Your typical, charming, pub theatre in the heart of Camden, where the nights were always filled with excitement and dare. And then, of course, the annual long trips away from home, all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe, for a much anticipated month of theatre extravaganza.

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The Camden Fringe is here!”

Who Said life was easy?

By Niki Campbell, Content Manager @ Stagedoor.

The British Arts Council have had over £100m slashed from their budget. The BBC are spending £800m less per year and restricting budgets for new drama. An increase in online streaming has put pressure on the film and TV industries and people are struggling to afford theatre and cinema tickets. Meanwhile, drama schools are spitting out thousands of hopeful graduates, year after year, into a crowded industry, hoping for success in what has forever been described as ‘not a proper career.’

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The intimacy of fringe

By Evi Triantafyllides, Head of Community & Social

I still (and probably will always) remember my first proper fringe experience.
“Let’s try to find something different,” my dad had said.
“Let’s try to find a fringe performance.”
“But is it going to be good?” I recall wondering.
“No harm in trying” he encouraged.

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Tis the season…to go to a Christmas show!

Tis the season to be jolly… and tis the season to go watch a Christmas theatre performance with your family.

The Christmas tree is set up, the lights are lit up, the shopping is done, and now what’s left to do, is to find that special event that will bring you closer to your friends and family and will add an extra sparkle to your holiday season.

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Why exploring new theatre shouldn’t feel like a gamble.

By Michael Hadjijoseph, Co-founder & CEO.

De-risking experimentation and the future of Discovery in theatre.

Currently, a fraction of new productions might get listed or reviewed online or in print, but when it comes to theatre, space is at a premium. With over 2000 performances every year, good shows still get missed.

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