Tag Archives: Plays

Dealanach and Jacques Tickets

“Dealanach” rehearsals have been hotting up and you can read some of my thoughts about this over on my post entitled “Who Are Women” on the Boireannach Website. “Dealanach” is being performed as part of Boireannach Theatre’s “Into The Mire” season as part of the Vault festival on Thursday 12th at 6.15pm and Saturday 14th at 1.45pm. Book tickets here.

Tickets for “Jacques or Obedience”, part of the Network Theatre “Ionesco Double Bill” are also now on sale. If you want to see this crazy masked performance, with me playing Grandmother Jacques, book tickets here.

And to whet your appetites here’s an in-the-making shot of the Grandmother Jacque’s mask:

Grandmother Jacque's Mask

Another Round of Headshots

In time for the The Winter’s Tale which opens a week today! Don’t forget to book your tickets!

Ashleigh Loeb Main Headshot Ashleigh Loeb Smiling Headshot Ashleigh Loeb Headshot Ashleigh Loeb Headshot

Ramblings on amateur vs. professional acting & on Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness (Spoiler Free!)

I was going to be involved in an amateur theatre production recently. I thought maybe it would be fun and helpful to my studies to take a published script, get together with some non-trained people and put on a production in a fringe theatre. It didn’t work out but in retrospect, I’m really glad!

I’ve often asked myself what the difference between amateur and profesional theatre is, particularly considering that in these hard economic times, many fringe theatre acting jobs are unpaid and amateur actors can go on to become professionals. The lines are very blurred, but I think I made a revelation as to my opinion of what constitutes an amateur play. It’ll probably sound snobby – so sue me!

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The Low Road by Bruce Norris at the Royal Court – Review

I went to see The Low Road at the Royal Court last night.

I saw Bruce Norris’ previous play Clynbourne Park, in the West End.It won a number of awards both in the UK and when it transfered to New York and discussed important and controversial issues surrounding race, particularly relating to how race is perceived in the USA. Despite being a very enjoyable play I didn’t love it and I can’t quite even remember why.

The Low Road is also full of big ideas, and the cast size and production scale mirrors this. It is fundamentally a parable, mostly set in the late 18th Century, about capitalism. It follows Jim Trumpet, an orphan who is abandoned at the steps of an Inn/Whorehouse. He is taken in by the establishments proprietor, who believes him to be the bastard child of George Washington.

The play discusses a range of topics related to capitalism including why do the same market crashes happen over and over again and what does the Occupy Movement really want to say. I did feel that The Low Road was definitely imbibed with the spirit of the Occupy Movement.

I feel that the Occupy Movement is misinterpreted, precisely because it became a large, worldwide, populist political movement. As soon as a movement becomes populist, it’s aims become broader and often get lost in translation. The Occupy Movement even has it’s own role in the play. In one scene we fast-forward to the present day and a business conference in London which is invaded by Occupy protestors.

The play tries to cover a big theme and is consequently is a little too long. It does however make some excellent points about why capitalism isn’t working, best summed up by the often quoted line said by the blind preist Nathaniel Pugh (played by Ian Gelder): “Tis one thing to admit the inescapable cruelty of nature, friend, but quite a different one to encourage it.”

The large cast is excellent particularly Jonny FlynKobna Holdbrook-SmithElizabeth Berrington, Natasha Gordon and Ellie Kendrick and the play makes for a very entertaining and stimulating evening. If you are anything like me, it will leave you with a lot of food for thought.