When Hester Collyer (Helen McCrory) is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.
Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.
The National Theatre have been bringing the best of their productions to the public to watch for free during the UK coronavirus lockdown. Joining the brilliant collection of productions that have been streaming weekly from #NationalTheatreAtHome is our Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea, which played at the National in 2016. It will be available to watch in the week of July 9th - 16th 2020. Catch all the details of this fantastic (and free!) production here: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/nt-at-home-the-deep-blue-sea.
Emma Rice's theatre company Wise Children have announced a stellar collection of summer online courses for budding emerging theatre-makers, offering a lucky few the chance to learn from the best in the business with close mentoring.
Suitable for beginners and intermediate level applicants, each bespoke course has places for six students. The courses are:
1) Adapting and Directing for Emerging Directors with Emma Rice and Laura Keefe
2) Writing for Theatre with Tanika Gupta and Joel Horwood
3) Introduction to Designing for Theatre with Lez Brotherston and Vicki Mortimer
4) Composing with Found Lyrics with Ian Ross and Nadine Lee
5) Movement with Etta Murfit and Nandhi Bhebhe
6) Introduction to Lighting Webinar with Malcolm Rippeth and Victoria Brennan
7) Sound Effects for Storytelling with Simon Baker and Charlie Simpson
8) Starting a Theatre Company with Poppy Keeling and Pravanya Pillay
9) How Do I Start in Technical Theatre?
Applications are now open! For all information, visit Wise Children's...
Jermyn Street Theatre of London's West End are streaming Terence Rattigan's illustrious play In Praise of Love tonight at 7:30pm. First performed at the Duchess Theatre, London in 1973, In Praise of Love is a powerful story of deception and fatality in relationships. Egotistical left-wing literary critic Sebastian and his East European refugee wife Lydia, with the best of intentions, deceive each other over Lydia's fatal illness. The play was based in part on the relationship between Rattigan's friend, the actor Rex Harrison, and his wife Kay Kendall, who died of leukaemia. Rex Harrison went on to play the part based on himself in the Broadway production of the play at the Morosco Theatre in 1974.
Catch the live reading of the play on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIspZ8jyAbc&feature=youtu.be
The most recent work to come from John Godber and Jane Thornton is the six part radio drama called 'Essentials', which takes place over breakfast in the kitchen of a Yorkshire family. Tension, comedy and burnt toast whilst they wrestle with the realities of Lockdown UK. Short, punchy episodes to keep us going amidst the current crisis!
Have a listen here: https://essentials_johngodber.buzzsprout.com/?fbclid=IwAR0wGPUNswv4Y1pV1_ae1t3bLtiolUDaYx_fTLlnwS96HgqiRatQ9VPsQxg.