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Nikki Amuka-Bird: ‘I’ve found my voice’

From Jane Austen’s Persuasion to sci-fi comedies and action thrillers, Nikki Amuka-Bird is driven by strong characters. The actor talks about mourning her mum, colour-blind casting and being inspired by Helen McCroryWhen Nikki Amuka-Bird started work on Old, the latest film from Hollywood supernatural-loving director M Night Shyamalan, she knew it was going to be special. It was the summer of 2020, and production on films and television had tentatively started up again. She flew to the Dominican...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Television, Drama, Film, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Jane Austen, Luther, Dominican Republic, Westbourne Grove, M Night Shyamalan, TV crime drama, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Amuka Bird


Experience: I was stabbed while playing Hamlet

The audience thought it was part of the play and gave us a round of applause. I remember thinking I was about to dieWhen I was cast in a travelling production of Hamlet in 2011, I was very nervous – Hamlet has an awful lot of lines. But I was 24 at the time, and having a leading role was a big deal.We performed the show for six weeks without a hitch in a Dublin theatre. Then it transferred to Cork. Time was tight, which meant we didn’t get to finish our technical rehearsal before opening night, ...
Tags: Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Acting, Dublin, Hamlet, Cork Time


Fiona Shaw: ‘I got to Hollywood at 28 and they said: You’re very old’

The thrilling star of stage continues her TV takeover. As she joins mercilessly dark drama Baptiste, Shaw talks about Fleabag, American burnout – and marriage as a cure for chaosThere is a man outside, doing something to the windows of Fiona Shaw’s house in London, and he appears to be following her from room to room. No sooner has she laughed, apologised, picked up her laptop (we’re speaking on Zoom) and sought peace elsewhere than – scrape, tap – the top of a ladder appears again, and his face...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Television, Drama, Film, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Freud, Shaw, Phoebe Waller Bridge, Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve, TV crime drama, Baptiste Shaw


Was John Travolta a waacker? The martial arts disco dance craze that gripped the world

Born in the gay clubs of LA, waacking was popularised by the TV show Soul Train and picked up by John Travolta and Donna Summer. Now it’s an LGBTQ+ hit across AsiaWhen Cheryl Song stepped on to the all-black set of Soul Train in 1976, she was met with a deathly silence that was followed by a few threats, then a woman snarling: “Who does that high yellow bitch think she is?” Two friends from school had brought Song along to Don Cornelius’s groundbreaking TV show as something of a practical joke, ...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Japan, Disco, La, Society, World news, US news, Dance, Culture, Asia Pacific, Sexuality, Stage, LGBT rights, Dance music, Identity politics


Waacking for ever! Why has the martial arts disco dance craze resurfaced in Asia?

Born in the gay clubs of LA, the craze was popularised by John Travolta, Donna Summer and the TV show Soul Train. Now it’s an LGBTQ+ hit in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and beyondWhen Cheryl Song stepped on to the all-black set of Soul Train in 1976, she was met with a deathly silence that was followed by a few threats, then a woman snarling: “Who does that high yellow bitch think she is?” Two friends from school had brought Song along to Don Cornelius’s groundbreaking TV show as something of a pr...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Music, Japan, Disco, La, Society, World news, US news, Dance, Culture, Asia Pacific, Sexuality, Stage, LGBT rights, Dance music


All The World’s A Stage – Are You Using Yours?

Your stage is a big visual aid just waiting to be used Image Credit: liver photo As speakers, when we are standing in front of an audience, we are actually pretty naked. All that we have to work with when we are giving our speech are the words that are tumbling out of our mouths, some hand gestures, and perhaps some props that we’ve brought along. That’s pretty much it as we try to show the importance of public speaking. Unless you realize that you actually have a very large visual ...
Tags: Energy, Story, World, Pace, Stage, Speaker, Scale, Speech, Continuum, Tension, Presentation, Speaking, Props, Toastmasters, 6 - Present, Jim Anderson


The joy of Jiva! Netflix’s South African dance series bursts from the screen

Local styles such as pantsula and bhenga burst from the screen in a glossy new series featuring real dance crews The townships of South Africa are a fertile ground for dynamic new moves, from the pantsula dance popularised in the 80s to recent forms such as bhenga, danced to the raw, repetitive beats of gqom music or the house style amapiano. Once hyper-local trends, now you can see dancers demo-ing their skills on YouTube, dancing in streets or school yards.But another introduction to South Afr...
Tags: Television, Media, Africa, Dance, Netflix, Culture, South Africa, Television & radio, Stage, JIVA, Ntombi, Umlazi, Jiva Netflix, Ntombi Noxolo Dlamini, Soweto Cats


Gina Yashere on riches, racism and US success: ‘I don’t like to boast, but I’m doing very well!’

The standup’s new memoir traces her London childhood and battle for recognition in the UK. She discusses coming out, moving to the US and making it bigIt is 14 years since Gina Yashere walked out on Britain. The standup comic was sick of accepting second best. It’s not that she wasn’t successful – she was. She had a recurring slot on the BBC’s Lenny Henry Show between 2004 and 2005, sold out theatres when she toured and was a regular guest on the TV panel show Mock the Week. But it wasn’t enough...
Tags: UK, England, London, Race, US, America, World news, Bbc, Russell Brand, Culture, Britain, Stage, Ricky Gervais, Lenny Henry, Gina Yashere


Wayne McGregor: ‘Dancers are believing their voices can be heard, and I love that’

Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor had no access to elite ballet schools growing up. But he did have John Travolta and disco to spark a lifelong obsession. Now he wants to make dancers of us allLong before Wayne McGregor became a star choreographer famed for cerebral experimentation and edgy imagination, he was a disco fiend. His earliest inspiration was John Travolta. Not cool, Pulp Fiction-era Travolta, but the glinty-eyed, gyrating disco bunny from Saturday Night Fever and Grease. “Wha...
Tags: Dance, Culture, Royal Ballet, Stage, Ballet, Margaret Atwood, Ian Mckellen, Stockport, John Travolta, Dante, McGregor, Travolta, Wayne McGregor, Nick Knight, Marjorie Barlow, Thom Yorke Olafur Eliasson


Meet Little Amal, the puppet girl refugee about to walk 8,000km

Later this month, in one of the most ambitious live artworks ever staged, a giant puppet will trek from the Syria-Turkey border to Manchester, in a moving-theatre show of solidarity with asylum seekersOn the last Tuesday of July, a big little girl will step out into a Turkish city, a few miles from the Syrian border, to begin an 8,000km trek to Manchester. Little Amal is nine years old and is searching for her mother, who went off to find food and never returned. She is the central, and only, c...
Tags: Theatre, Syria, Culture, Stage, Manchester, Refugees, Stephen Daldry, Performance art, Puppetry, Syria Turkey, Little Amal, Manchester Little Amal


Quentin Tarantino Has Written a ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Stage Play, Teases a Scene That Isn’t in the Movie

Writer/director Quentin Tarantino has nine films under his belt, but he’s just done something he’s never done in his 30-plus year career: written a novelization of one of his own films. But it turns out his new novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t the only new way he wants audiences to experience the story of Sharon Tate, Rick Dalton, and stunt double Cliff Booth. According to the man himself, Tarantino has also written a stage play version of the story and hopes to produce it so...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Los Angeles, Italy, Stage, Leonardo Dicaprio, Quentin-Tarantino, Al Pacino, Tarantino, Rick, Sergio Corbucci, Sharon Tate Rick Dalton, Rick -LSB- Dalton, Marvin -LSB- Schwarz, Nori Corbucci, Rome Corbucci


Michael Ball: ‘My breakdown made me a better performer – and a better person’

As his new show, Hairspray, leads the return to theatres, the singer talks about his mental health struggles, going back to his mining-town roots – and how the government has let down the performing artsIt is only an hour and a half before curtain-up, and if Michael Ball is feeling a rising panic at the idea of spending this time speaking to me through his iPad, rather than on his usual warmup, he is hiding it well. A trouper. It will be only the second performance of Hairspray, in which Ball pl...
Tags: Music, Television, Musicals, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Ball, Edna, Edna Turnblad, Michael Ball, London Coliseum, Oliver Dowden


‘Drag is political’: the pioneering Indian event uniting art and activism

Artists from traditional communities and new wave performers to come together online for the country’s first drag conferenceTwo years ago, in early June 2019, a young man stepped on stage at a small cafe in the south Indian city of Hyderabad to sing Lady Gaga’s hit song Born This Way. He had chosen that song for the line “don’t be a drag, just be a queen” because this would be his first public performance as a drag artist. He had expected no more than a handful of people to turn up for this show...
Tags: India, Los Angeles, Society, World news, Dance, Culture, South and Central Asia, Stage, LGBT rights, Global development, Lady Gaga, Pride, Hyderabad, Sas, Drag


Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to ‘In the Heights’ Colorism Criticism: “I’m Truly Sorry”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created and starred in the stage musical of In the Heights, has responded to the criticisms of colorism in the feature film directed by Jon M. Chu. The criticism had been brewing over the past week on Twitter, after an interview with the cast and crew pointed out the lack of Afro-Latino actors in the film, despite being set in the famously diverse New York neighborhood of Washington Heights. Miranda issued an apology over the “hurt and frustration” caused by this erasure...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Movies, New York City, Stage, Musical, Miranda, Warner Brothers, Leon, Lin Manuel Miranda, Vanessa, Chu, Corey Hawkins, Nina, Jon M Chu, In The Heights


Darcey Bussell: ‘If I hadn’t had dance, gosh, I don’t know where I’d be’

Ballet empowered Bussell who is determined to protect the industry and show how dance is ‘the perfect wellbeing pill’Darcey Bussell has never minded taking risks. That was true as a fearless dancer leaping into principal roles at the Royal Ballet at the age of 20; and it’s just as true now when it comes to saving the art form she’s passionate about.The dance industry has been seriously hit by the pandemic shutdown, even now theatres are tentatively reopening. While larger companies have better w...
Tags: Dance, Culture, Royal Ballet, Stage, Ballet, Darcey Bussell, Bussell


Bard day’s work: what I learned from eavesdropping on RSC rehearsals

The Royal Shakespeare Company is letting the public watch the usually secret processes towards performance – from clapping games to verse sessionsThe creative process normally takes place behind closed doors. But the RSC has boldly upended that idea by streaming its Open Rehearsal Project for Henry VI Part One. What this means, in practice, is that cameras are admitted for three sessions each day. At 10am we watch a half-hour company warm-up. From noon, for 90 minutes, we get to see either a cla...
Tags: Theatre, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bard, RSC, Gregory Doran, Owen Horsley


Ned Beatty, star of Deliverance, Network and Superman, dies aged 83

Prolific supporting actor also appeared in All the President’s Men, Nashville, The Big Easy and Hear My SongNed Beatty, the Oscar-nominated character actor who in half a century of American movies, including Deliverance, Network and Superman, was a booming, indelible presence in even the smallest parts, has died. He was 83.Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said Beatty died on Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by friends and loved ones. Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Film, Superman, Los Angeles, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Beatty, Deliverance, John Boorman, Deborah Miller, Ned Beatty, Deliverance Network, Nashville The Big Easy, Beatty the Oscar


Edinburgh fringe performers feel ‘jilted’ as Covid closes venues again

Only a handful of events will be staged this year as producers complain about ‘dithering’ by council and Scottish governmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAudiences and performers from around the world will once again have no anarchic festival home in the Scottish capital to head for this August. The vast Edinburgh festival fringe – the largest annual concentration of live comedy, drama, cabaret, music and dance – is to be restricted to just a few events and an array...
Tags: Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Festivals, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival, Fringe theatre, Guy Masterson


Sir Ian McKellen: ‘What does old mean? Quite honestly I feel about 12’

It’s half a century since Sir Ian McKellen first played Hamlet. Now he’s starring as the Dane again – at 82. He talks about his extraordinary life, why he’ll never write his memoir – and his one lasting regretOh, birthdays,” Sir Ian McKellen growls, on the occasion of his 82nd. “At my age I don’t do birthdays.” The wider world has not yet been informed, however, and cheerful cards have come in stacks to McKellen’s London townhouse. Messages chime in on his computer and two landline phones ring o...
Tags: London, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Stage, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Ian Mckellen, McKellen


Prue Leith, Lemn Sissay and Alison Moyet recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Key figures in UK arts, culture and sport rewarded in list dominated by heroes and heroines of pandemicThe Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, the poet Lemn Sissay and the singer-songwriter Alison Moyet are among notable figures in the arts to have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.In a list dominated once again by the heroes and heroines of the coronavirus pandemic, and particularly key players in Britain’s successful vaccine rollout, there remained room to laud the achi...
Tags: Food, Books, Music, UK, Poetry, Football, Sport, UK News, Culture, Britain, Stage, Roy Hodgson, Rugby league, Queen's Birthday Honours List, Lemn Sissay, Engelbert Humperdinck


Lloyd Webber says he will risk arrest to reopen his theatres on 21 June

Impresario is determined his production of Cinderella will start this month in London as plannedAndrew Lloyd Webber has said he is determined to open his theatres on 21 June regardless of whether rules are relaxed, and is prepared to be arrested if authorities try to intervene.The composer said he may have to sell his six West End venues if the government does not remove restrictions that have forced venues to run with reduced capacities. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Musicals, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Cinderella, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lloyd Webber, Coronavirus


Anna Friel: ‘I thought acting would be a hobby – never a job’

The actor, 44, on learning to relax, the double edge of kindness, and the power of herbsI don’t know which memory came first: falling down the stairs and knocking down our Christmas tree, being bought my first nail varnish and getting it on my Wonder Woman pyjamas, or accidentally setting my brand-new parka on fire the first day I wore it. Each probably reveals something about my soul.Pop stardom was my plan for a while, although briefly. Coming from an Irish family, I’d often walk into the livi...
Tags: Television, Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Anna Friel


Joan Allen: ‘Acting’s like tennis. You bring your game’

Adulterous housewives, CIA bosses – Joan Allen has played them all with consummate skill. Now, in Stephen King adaptation Lisey’s Story, she’s turned her hand to visceral horrorIn some ways, Joan Allen is like an American Gary Oldman; wait, stay with it. She looks so different from one role to the next that she’s way beyond mercurial, further towards intangible – like a spirit slipping into a role more than a flesh-and-blood actor. Or maybe this is just acting at its most rarefied. One of the la...
Tags: Hollywood, Television, Media, Drama, Film, Stephen King, Theatre, Apple TV, Chicago, Culture, Television & radio, Connecticut, Stage, Broadway, John Malkovich, TV streaming


Romeo and Juliet remixed: how technology can change storytelling

With the touch of a button, a Sydney Opera House audience rewrites Shakespeare as it is performed in front of themOn Sunday, as part of the Sydney Opera House’s UnWrapped series, a group of dancers “remixed” Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by way of an Australian storytelling technology, Omelia. A product built to shuffle characters and events and generate narrative possibilities in real time, dancers using it brought a new version of the classic tragedy to life. The one-off production, R+J RMX, ...
Tags: Technology, Australia news, Dance, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Romeo, Opera House, Sydney Opera House, Juliet, Artificial intelligence (AI


Edinburgh festival fringe threatened by Covid rules, says organiser

CEO calls on Scottish ministers to replace 2-metre rule with 1 metre to secure future of world’s largest arts festivalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe survival of the Edinburgh festival fringe is at stake unless social distancing rules for venues are relaxed within a fortnight, its organiser has said.Shona McCarthy, the chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, called on ministers to replace the 2-metre rule with the 1-metre distance used in hospita...
Tags: Comedy, Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Festivals, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival, Shona McCarthy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Coronavirus


David Lan: In the age of apartheid, theatre resisted

The theatre director and writer looks back at the spirit of protest that fuelled daring dramas staged in South Africa 50 years agoI grew up in South Africa during the bleak, violent, seemingly never-ending iron age of apartheid. In 1971, when I was studying acting at Cape Town University, the National Party government built a monolithic 1,500-seat theatre complex in a commanding position near the centre of the city. The Afrikaner Nationalists had an easy rule of thumb by which to distinguish bet...
Tags: Books, Activism, Protest, Africa, Race, Theatre, World news, Culture, South Africa, Stage, William Shakespeare, Autobiography and memoir, Chekhov, Vanya, Athol Fugard, ANC (African National Congress


Aisles, stalls or near the loos: what are the best seats in the house?

Do you want your sightlines unobstructed by big hair, or is avoiding the eyeline of savage comics your priority? Here’s the perfect spot to enjoy the show In the Guide’s weekly Solved! column, we look into a crucial pop-culture question you’ve been burning to know the answer to – and settle itAt a time when we are all watching live performances from home, this might seem like a question from another world. There’s no argument: the best seat in the house is the long arm of your amply stuffed corn...
Tags: Theatre, Culture, Stage


Billie Piper: From vulnerable teen pop star to director of an ‘anti-romcom’

The characters she plays do not match her own life, the actress insists, but it’s hard not to see parallels with her own journeyBillie Piper has occupied a near continual, if shifting, position in the public imagination for almost a quarter of a century. That’s a notable achievement by any reckoning of a performer’s career, but it’s also rather alarming, given that she’s still only 38.Having started out as 15-year-old chart sensation, she walked away from the pop music treadmill, enjoyed a boozy...
Tags: Television, Women, Doctor Who, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Chris Evans, Piper, Billie Piper, Lucy Prebble, Laurence Fox


‘In the Heights’ Review: This Crowdpleasing Musical is Full of Big Emotions, Big Dreams, and Big Songs

When In The Heights opened on Broadway in 2008, it was a scrappy little show that could, the product of a college sophomore’s wild ambitions and talent that had been honed and tweaked for years before finally hitting the Great White Way. But more than two decades after Lin-Manuel Miranda initially conceived of In the Heights during his second year at Wesleyan, Miranda’s profile has far exceeded anything that he created pre-Hamilton. So returning to Miranda’s first stage musical made back when h...
Tags: New York, Movies, Stanford, New York City, Movie Reviews, Stage, Broadway, Musical, Miranda, Warner Brothers, Washington Heights, Benny, Vanessa, Carla, Chaplin, Lin Manuel Miranda


Hilary Mantel on adapting The Mirror and the Light for stage

Mantel had to collaborate remotely with actor Ben Miles to transform latest book into stage productionYes they are fiction and yes historians get irritated that students read them as incontrovertible fact, but Dame Hilary Mantel maintains that you won’t go far wrong in understanding Tudor intrigue if you read her bestselling Wolf Hall trilogy.“I have to say, I think I’ve given Thomas Cromwell a better audience, a better airing, a better public than historians have managed to do through the ages,...
Tags: Books, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Hilary Mantel, Royal Shakespeare Company, Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell, Dame Hilary Mantel, Ben Miles