Tag Archives: female

BWW Interview: Freema Agyeman

The actress talks Doctor Who, Sense8 and making her West End debut in Apologia. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Touch, Soho Theatre

Neat freaks beware: Touch is your ultimate nightmare. This latest offering from DryWrite, the company that launched the now stratospheric Fleabag, centres on another woman with a chaotic personal life – this time, mirrored by the symphony of filth that is her cramped … Continue reading

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All Change Please, Lucy Kerbel

Another week, another dispiriting gender equality statistic, as research by The Stage reveals 75% of West End musicals staged in the past decade had no women on their writing teams; removing jukebox shows from the equation, just 9% featured music by female composers. … Continue reading

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Nell Gwynn, Shakespeare’s Globe

“Comedy, love and a bit with a dog,” counselled Henslowe in Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love, and his populist advice is taken to heart in this broad, bawdy, big-hearted farce untroubled by nuanced characterisation or context. Jessica Swale’s modern-language Restoration romp ensures a … Continue reading

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Casa Valentina, Southwark Playhouse

The “femmepersonators” of Harvey Fierstein’s 1962-set drama would be flabbergasted by today’s level of trans visibility, from Grayson Perry and Caitlyn Jenner to Transparent and Eddie Redmayne’s new film The Danish Girl. Yet it’s the still pertinent issue of private … Continue reading

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10 Questions For Actress Pippa Bennett-Warner

At just 26, Pippa Bennett-Warner has already achieved many actors’ goals, from treading the boards at the National and having a part written specially for her to sharing scenes with luminaries like Derek Jacobi and Eddie Redmayne. She debuted aged … Continue reading

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The Last of the De Mullins, Jermyn Street Theatre

Even the most begrudging acquaintanceship with thematic foghorn Downton Abbey will have affirmed that the Edwardian era heralded momentous social change. Provocatively embedding this revolution in his work was now largely forgotten “New Drama” exponent St John Hankin, whose suicide … Continue reading

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Di and Viv and Rose, Vaudeville Theatre

Is there any bond more powerful than shared history? If life is the sum total of our experiences, then those who experienced with us will always hold a piece of us – and none more intimate than those formative years … Continue reading

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Shutters, Park Theatre

Three striking American plays provide insight into the female experience This is a woman’s world at Park Theatre, where an all-female company tackles three American shorts that place the private feminine experience under a microscope. Jack Thorpe Baker’s casting gambit … Continue reading

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Devilishly funny

Absurd as it may seem, the ‘Are women funny?’ debate rages on. Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon answered emphatically in the affirmative in 30 Rock’s ‘Stride of Pride’ episode – as well as in every other episode of a brilliant comedy series … Continue reading

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