All posts filed under: theatre

Life With Three Little Letters

Today is World AIDS Day. We’ve come a long way in our society, reducing fear and stigma, advancements in medicine, and not only life expectancy but also quality of life for those suffering has improved drastically. Yet, there is still so much more that needs to be done – and the only way to do that is to raise awareness, and to share the stories of those still living with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis. I had never directly known someone affected by HIV or AIDS until I was twenty. My life, for the most part, has been sheltered. I’ve written about my privilege before – I grew up in New York City and went to the U.N. school, both very rich and wonderful experiences. Yet, I will say in some ways I was sheltered. During my third year at college I was approached by the head of our theatre department, and asked to research and write an interview based play about our local AIDS Service Organisation, The Alliance For Living. I immediately said yes. Telling my story is my way …

Under Milk Wood @ Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Festival – The Metropolist

The final night of the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Festival culminated in a collage of Welsh voices, brought to life by a powerhouse cast, led fantastically by the inimitable Owen Teale. It’s no surprise Terry Hands’ Under Milk Wood on Sunday night played to a sold out crowd. From fresh-faced youngsters to venerated artists like Sir Ian McKellen, many gathered in order to see and hear the many stories of Llareggub’s inhabitants brought to life. Read more…

Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Festival Preview – The Metropolist

If there’s one thing Dylan Thomas would get behind, it’s “Poetry on the streets, poetry in pubs, poetry shouted, sung and celebrated with music, food, film, exhibitions, performances and live events”. And that’s exactly what the week long Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival promises it’s guests. From the 20th – 26th of October the already bustling area of Fitzrovia, London will be full of Thomas-related events to partake in. Read more…

Richard II @ The Barbican

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II has, amongst its arsenal of powerhouse actors, one particularly massive draw: David Tennant. The billboards that plaster the underground feature not Richard II on his throne, but David Tennant converse clad with sceptre in hand. RSC made the most of their star performer’s clout and immeasurable popularity for marketing’s sake. It is no surprise that David Tennant lived up to the hype and delivered a shiver enduing performance as deposed monarch Richard II. Read more…

Teresa Wakim Sings from the Heart

“She’s got vocal chords of gold,” was the phrase used to introduce me to The Chorus of Westerly’s lead soprano soloist, Teresa Wakim, in its production of A Celebration of Twelfth Night. The production is a Rhode Island tradition dating back to 1975 and is based on an original and new script written each year. Since 2009, the productions have interwoven the subplots of four different kingdoms. This year, Wakim’s character will help those subplots culminate into one final story arc with a dramatic conclusion. Wakim is a smiling, effervescent woman with wide green eyes. It’s hard to be in a bad mood around her, and there’s a reason for it. “If I have a bad day I leave it at home,” Wakim said. “I try to be as professional and friendly as possible.” This is evident as she laughs frequently during our interview while retaining an air of grace and intelligence beyond her years. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Grammy Nominee, Wakim plays Ayla, a nineteen-year-old who is destined …