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Shake The City – Jermyn Street Theatre
London

Shake The City – Jermyn Street Theatre

The 1970 unofficial strike by five thousand clothing factory workers in Leeds has been largely forgotten and tends to be ignored by historians and anyone outside the immediate area. At the time though, it had a massive impact in raising the issue of equal pay for equal work, eventually to be enshrined in law in the Equal Pay Act.  Millie Gaston's Shake The City looks at the strike and its origins from the perspective of four of the factory workers, exploring the narrative through the lives of the women.  Margaret (Rachael Halliwell) has been promoted from the factory floor to supervise the workers, and at times uncomfortable position as she finds herself straddling the worlds of the workers and the management. Lori (Stephanie Hutchinson) is full of desire to fight for equality, ...
Orlando – Jermyn Street Theatre
London

Orlando – Jermyn Street Theatre

One can’t help but wonder what Virginia Woolf would make of the Kardashians, porn ogling MPs, and rising transphobia. She’d surely be a lively wag on Twitter, but likely view TikTok as ghastly and common.  Her most popular work, Orlando, is the poetic Magna Carta of subversive queerness, wry feminism and trans magic. On Brexit island in 2022, Empire is celebrated with dim blindness, but in 1928, Woolf used her most joyful literary turn to skewer British imperialism with withering disdain.  Due to its fantastical spirit, people often overlook the book’s political satire. Orlando is a transgressive free spirit, but the English patriarchy proves a persistent prison, regardless of epoch, and despite wealth, beauty and mystical eternal youth.  After Orlando’s male-to-fe...
The Marriage Of Alice B Toklas by Gertrude Stein – Jermyn Street Theatre
London

The Marriage Of Alice B Toklas by Gertrude Stein – Jermyn Street Theatre

Everything about Edward Einhorn's "The Marriage of Alice B Toklas by Gertrude Stein" is an enigma. Is it comedy, tragedy, tragi-comedy? Farce?  All of the above?  It's a play within a play within a play in which everyone (audience included) has been invited to the wedding of Gertrude and Alice. The circles in which the two literary superstars of their time moved means that their guest list includes those who are regulars at their Paris salon. There is Picasso (along with one of his wives and two of his mistresses), T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and the less-than-welcome Ernest Hemingway who turns up uninvited with his wife and a matador pal. With such exalted company, the conversation naturally revolves about the nature of art, genius, fame, sex and love. Love is certainl...
Interview: Crystal Skillman, writer of Rain and Zoe Save The World
Interviews

Interview: Crystal Skillman, writer of Rain and Zoe Save The World

Jermyn Street Theatre is one of London’s best loved West End theatres.  It may be small, but it is lion-hearted in its approach to programming interesting and challenging shows and Rain and Zoe Save The World is no exception.  Crystal Skillman discusses her new play and touches on why she chose a UK theatre as a place to premiere her work and what drove her to write such a contemporary play that echoes what is at the forefront of current news, which has also united the younger generation. The play runs from the 10th of February until the 12th of March.  To buy tickets and to find out further information, go to the Jermyn Street Theatre website by following this link - https://www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/show/rain-and-zoe-save-the-world/ Without giving away any spoilers, ...
Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story – Jermyn Street Theatre
London

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story – Jermyn Street Theatre

Stephen Dolginoff's musical dramatisation of the story of so-called "thrill killers" Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb has been produced over 200 times in 22 countries since its opening off-Broadway in 2005. The horrible appeal of such stories is evident: dark, unsettling, gripping tales of narcissism, passion and the underlying and enduring enigma of "why". What led these two smart young men from wealthy Chicago families, both with ambitions to go into the law, to kidnap 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924, kill him, hide the body then attempt to extort money from his parents? The case was dubbed "The Crime of the Century" and went on to be used as the basis for several movies including Rope, Murder By Numbers and Compulsion. Dolginoff's two-hander focuses on the twisted sexual dynamic bet...
Footfalls & Rockaby – Jermyn Street Theatre
London

Footfalls & Rockaby – Jermyn Street Theatre

Writer Samuel Beckett wrote ‘Footfalls’ between March and December 1975. It premiered at the Samuel Beckett Festival in 1976 at the Royal Court Theatre, when he directed the play himself. From the amount of stage directions written for this play, it is clear that Beckett had a very strong vision of how these plays should be presented. ‘Rockaby’ was written and performed later in New York in 1981. The accurately titled ‘Footfalls’, is aptly titled. A woman called May is pacing the floor with a need to hear her footfalls as she paces. It’s as though the rhythmic sound helps her to make sense of her thoughts. We hear May’s mother’s voice in the background, talking and occasionally counting the steps before May wheels around and begins pacing in the opposite direction. Beckett stipulated i...
Rocky Road – stream.theatre
REVIEWS

Rocky Road – stream.theatre

Having been a long admirer of Shaun McKenna’s writing for both theatre and radio I looked forward to seeing his latest thriller from Stream Theatre and I wasn’t disappointed. Filmed at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London, Rocky Road is a dark and quite intense thriller that has revenge as its central theme. Basically McKenna’s play is a powerful two-hander that explores not only revenge but the power of grief and the inability to move forward. Zoe (Kirstin Foster) moves into a new apartment and meets up with the buildings young caretaker Danny (Tyger Drew-Honey) and at first everything seems normal enough except (as we all know in any great thriller) things are not what they seem and soon we come realise the terrible crime that has brought Zoe and Danny to this place. To reveal a...
Rocky Road to stream live from Jermyn Street Theatre
NEWS

Rocky Road to stream live from Jermyn Street Theatre

Tyger Drew-Honey and Kirsten Foster star in the world premiere of ROCKY ROAD, a compelling new thriller by the award-winning playwright, Shaun McKenna. Broadcast live from Jermyn Street Theatre via Stream.Theatre on Friday 30th April and Saturday 1st May. Available on demand from May 10th to May 30th. “I make brilliant Rocky Road. It’s kind of my signature thing... What this is… is the hard lump in the rocky road.  Hard as gravel.  Small but, when you least expect it, it will stick in your throat or you’ll break a tooth on it.  Every time” Shaun McKenna’s compelling and timely new thriller Rocky Road is a gripping exploration of grief, obsession and revenge. Zoe had everything to live for when her life was suddenly and violently ripped apart. Seven years later, Zoe...