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Declan Bennett (Brendan) and Bronté Barbé (The Little Match Girl) (c) Tom Grace

INTERVIEW | Bronté Barbé Talks ‘Striking 12’ – The New Musical That Will Warm Your Heart This Festive Season

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Little Match Girl, Striking 12 is a festive musical about a man down on his luck who meets a Light Bulb Seller on New Years’ Eve that changes everything. With a punchy score of pop, rock and jazz, it’s a vibrant intimate production bursting with heart. I…

Geppetto in The Old Rep's Christmas production of Pinocchio. Photo by Anda Latsa

INTERVIEW | Alec Fellows-Bennett on the Pressure of Perfecting Children’s Theatre this Christmas

This year at the Old Rep Theatre, they have created a quintessential children’s Christmas production of Pinocchio to delight audiences of all ages over the festive period. I spoke to Alec Fellows-Bennett, who previously starred in the Old Rep Theatre’s last two Christmas shows and is now stepping into directorial shoes to direct this year’s…

Proof at the Hope Mill Theatre

INTERVIEW | Joseph Houston on Making his Directorial Debut at the Hope Mill Theatre with Proof

Joseph Houston owns half of the award-winning Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester with his husband William Whelton. This November, after three years of owning the regional venue he is making his directorial debut with a production of the American play Proof. “It is a story about father-daughter relationships, sisterhood, the power of love, and the…

INTERVIEW | Didy Veldman Talks Weddings, Celebrations and Rituals in Immersive Dance Show ‘The Knot’

New dance company Umanoove are touring their second production The Knot, an immersive piece of dance that explores the idea of weddings and marriage. A cast of seven dancers play the roles of the bride, groom, best man and bridesmaids, and the audience members are invited to become the weddings guests as the celebrations unfold….

The Pride at the Hope Mill Theatre

INTERVIEW | Director Dan Jarvis on Bringing The Pride to Hope Mill Theatre

Green Carnation Company are staging their debut production of Alexi Kaye-Campbell’s gripping drama at the Hope Mill Theatre. The Pride is a gay drama split across decades that switches between alternative timelines following a love triangle between three characters. Set in both 1958 and 2008, we watch how differently their lives play out dependent on…