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Kate Whitley Birmingham Royal Ballet

INTERVIEW | Kate Whitley on Composing for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new Ballet Now Programme

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new initiative Ballet Now is joining forces with Sadler’s Wells to create a major new development programme for classical choreographers. Twice a year, the scheme supports a commission helping a total of six artists – one choreographer, composer and designer for each commission. I spoke to Kate Whitley, a young female composer…

Michelle Bonnard Tartuffe at the RSC

INTERVIEW | Michelle Bonnard on Returning to her Roots in the RSC’s Tartuffe

The RSC are bringing Moliére’s classic Tartuffe right into 21stcentury Birmingham with this brand new version by BAFTA and Emmy-Award winning writers Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto. After writing hit TV shows such as The Office, Goodness Gracious Me, and The Kumars, this farcical play is set right in the heart of Birmingham’s Asian community….

Jude Christian OthelloMacbeth HOME and Lyric Hammersmith

INTERVIEW | Jude Christian on Combining Othello & Macbeth to Focus on the Female Voices

In a collaboration between HOME and the Lyric Hammersmith, director Jude Christian is creating a two-hour staging of two of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. OthelloMacbeth is a unique retelling putting the voices of the women at the forefront of the action. I spoke to Jude about her adaptation and the challenge of making Shakespeare resonate…

Siobhan Athwal in Wasted the Musical Southwark Playhouse

Siobhan Athwal on Telling the Bold True Story of the Brontë Sisters in Rock Musical Wasted

Hitting the Southwark Playhouse this September is the new rock musical Wasted, that tells the true story of the Brontë sisters like you’ve never seen them before. “It is a rock documentary and all-access account of their triumph and heartbreak, celebrating the Brontë sister’s lives and putting them on the map,” Siobhan Athwal told me, who is…

Giovanni Ravelo The Trocks Dance Consortium

INTERVIEW | Giovanni Ravelo Talks Tutus, Tiaras and Pointe Shoes in all-male Ballet Company The Trocks

The world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (The Trocks) combine ballet and drag to create a real spectacle. The male ballet dancers explore pointework as they take on numerous roles, both male and female to create a company that boasts high-quality technique, beautiful presentation and hilarious characterisation. Based in…

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