In times of trouble, everyone needs a little something to bring joy to their day.
Greatest Days, the film that will be written by Tim Firth as an adaptation of his hit musical The Band, will be the necessary "uplift" we all need right now, the BBC reports. Like the musical, the film will be about a group of women who get back together to see their favourite boy band after 25 years, featuring all the best Take That hits and even a new song written by the band especially for the event. With Tim Firth writing and all Take That members intimately involved in the movie-making process, Greatest Days is set to bring some happiness to the nation amidst the pandemic crisis - just as the Mamma Mia! film did in 2008! We cannot wait to see what Tim has in store for us.
In 1985, Bernard Pomerance wrote Melons, a play concerned with the diverse meanings of the land, the laws of ownership and communal reconstruction for the indigenous peoples of the US. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bernard's daughter Eve has found a pertinent relevance of the play to our current circumstances.
The Navajo Nations in the American Southwest have been extremely hard hit by the coronavirus. To raise money for necessary medical supplies for this community, a stellar cast have come together to perform a reading of Melons on Zoom this upcoming weekend, including the likes of Raoul Trujillo and Michael Greyeyes.
Join them this May 2nd-6th at 6pm EST (11pm BST) for a wonderful reading of this timely play for an urgent cause. Click here to head to the Facebook event to find out all the information you need to watch Melons this weekend.
Sydney Theatre Company have produced a wonderful short piece of theatre for us all to enjoy from the comfort of our homes. Iconic Australian actress Heather Mitchell has recorded one of Noël Coward's pieces from his Collected Verse, 'Social Grace', a wonderful little scene in which a young female theatregoer meets a great actor she has long idolised.
Just a little reminder that Wise Children's new podcast is available to stream on Youtubeand Vimeo!
Despite the cancellation of her US Romantics Anonymous tour and UK tour of Malory Towers, Emma Rice continues to bring her unique brand of theatre magic to us in our homes. In her podcast, she shares clips from all three of her shows including Wise Children, along with anecdotes, thoughts, and inspiration to stick together and get through these difficult times.
Wise Children can also be watched on BBC iPlayer here! Originally opening in 2018, Wise Children tells the story of twin chorus girls Nora and Dora Chance, in a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity – and butterflies by the thousand.
As if a reminder were ever needed... What a joy it is to dance and sing!
We've gathered a few pages with lots of helpful advice about the uncertainty of working in theatre and the arts during this difficult Covid-19 outbreak. You can read about income support, tax relief, funding opportunities and mental health advice (which is handy for anyone, not just for us thespians).
We've been taking this time to look back through the archives at some of our favourite shows, and this week we're sharing the Trafalgar Studios production of John Godber's Scary Bikers.
"A new comedy about life, love and staying on your bike!
When retired miner Don and former private school teacher Carol meet by chance after both suffering a loss, they thought they’d found a new beginning. But a bike ride through Europe would test their budding romance, and the road to love is rocky when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.
Join them on their hilarious and heartfelt journey, as they reconcile the past, debate the present and worry about the future. Whether they’re saddle sore in Southampton, blistered in Bordeaux or frazzled in Florence, one thing is for sure – it takes two to tandem!
Starring the double BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning partnership of John Godber and Jane Thornton, whose feature film Last Laugh was released October 2017."
Theatres may have closed their doors for the time being, but thanks to the wonder of the internet, you can now stream brilliant plays from the comfort of your own home, as well as television, films and radio!
Emma Rice's company of the same name today launched their 2018 production of Wise Children on BBC iPlayer.
It’s 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday. In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 75th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father and greatest actor of h...
Despite its best efforts, the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown has not managed to dampen the second birthday of our wonderful Emma Rice's theatre company Wise Children. As adversity hits, Emma's birthday celebration message takes a moment to instead reflect on the bountiful success of her company's infant years and the exciting potential this downtime has in turning her dreams into realities. We love her optimism and wanted to share her wonderful words with you all! Over to Emma...
"Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday dear…
That is the sad sound of me singing alone my kitchen… but it is also a sound that is full of love, hope and gratitude.
Yes, dear friends! Today is our second birthday and it is with great pride and joy that I am taking a moment to reflect on the wonderful adventures we have had, and the precious memories we have made. Memories that will help me through this shocking and life changing time.
I remember the three beautiful shows we have made...
Writers and readers amongst us: want to use lockdown time to read some cutting-edge plays, then quiz the playwright about it afterwards?
Nick Hern Books' Playgroup has announced that every week during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown, they are going to be making one play available for free, and inviting everyone who reads it to send in a question for the writer!
This Sunday April 5th at 10.15pm, join ITV for a nostalgia-filled showing of the 'Olivier Awards - Greatest Moments', and relive the magic of some of your favourite shows from the comfort of your living room!
Hosted by Jason Manford, the hour-long programme takes a spectacular trip down memory lane, celebrating the last decade of Olivier Awards with unforgettable performances from Dreamgirls, Hamilton, Disney's The Lion King, The Book Of Mormon, Mamma Mia! and many more.
ITV's official radio partner Magic Radio will also broadcast their own Olivier Awards highlights from 6pm to 8pm on the same evening, alongside a weekend of show tunes on their new station, Magic at the Musicals.