A complex king: Jude Law as Henry V in yet another collaboration with Michael Grandage. Photo by Johan Persson.
Play: Henry V
Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Director: Michael Grandage
Review by Natalie Gormally
Henry V is the final instalment of Michael Grandage’s five-show West End run. His ambitious season has been crammed with big names and, coupled with a limited number of £10 theatre tickets, has reached a new generation of theatregoers.
Patrice Etienne is a writer, actor, director and co-founder of Action35, a social enterprise that helps to tackle youth issues such as knife, gun and anti-social behaviour crimes. An Anna Scher Theatre graduate, he has been acting since the age of seven and played the role of Paul in BBC1’s Byker Grove. After studying film studies and drama at Anglia Ruskin University, he went to the Central School of Speech and Drama to do an MA in classical acting. Keen to hone his skills further he studied directing at the Young Vic, scriptwriting at the Soho Theatre and completed a teaching qualification for his youth work.
The WordLovers Society is hosting its fifth anniversary celebration with performances from its Hackney-based writers group. Organised by writer and the group’s founder KG Lester, the event aims to highlight local literary talent, with an emphasis on writers who are part of the group and those who live, work, study or play in Hackney. Light refreshments will be available.
Date: Thursday 5th December 2013
Venue: Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1GQ
Contact: KG Lester at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Sydow at Hackney Museum on 020 8356 2509 or email her on email@example.com
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Spread the Word is hosting its second Gatekeepers series of debates with writers and key industry figures on the question: Who are the fiction gatekeepers now? With digital technology opening up access to publication, the industry as a whole has become increasingly dominated by big global players – with smaller publishers and retailers struggling to survive. Panellists include editor of The Bookseller Phillip Jones, Faber & Faber editor Sarah Savitt, digital publishing director at Profile Books Michael Bhaskar, literary agent David Godwin, chief executive, Society of Authors Nicola Solomon (plenary), novelist Louise Doughty and online, print and live writer Gemma Seltzer. The panel debate will be followed by an audience Q&A.
Date: Saturday 7 December 2013
Venue: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA
Time: 6pm -9pm
Price: £20; Concessions £10for the first 30 tickets; £14 online; £18 on the door
Tickets: Click here to book
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Nuns behaving badly: Cecilia Noble (Mother Peter), Kate Lock (Mother Thomas Aquinas) and Clare Cathcart (Mother Basil). Photo by Simon Turtle.
Play: Once a Catholic
Theatre: Tricycle Theatre
Playwright: Mary J. O’Malley
Review by Joy Francis
Mary J. O’Malley’s hearty, provocative and award-winning comedy set in an Irish convent school in 1950s Kilburn is like a risqué Ealing comedy in theatre form.
Cecilia Noble is gaining a well deserved reputation for her comic timing, quality acting and sterling singing on stage on a CV that also includes TV (Casualty, EastEnders and Silent Witness) and film, such as Storm Damage and New Year’s Day. During her early teens, while attending a strict Catholic convent school in North-West London, Noble’s desire to act was kept a secret as it wasn’t seen as a career option.
Our writer-in-waiting has been on the Royal Court Theatre’s Critical Mass Programme, Invitation and Super Groups and has been informally attached to the Clean Break Theatre. She has had rehearsed readings of her plays at the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Young Vic, Young Actors Theatre and Tristan Bates Theatre.
Cathy Tyson is an understated acting legend. After being spotted during a youth theatre performance in Liverpool, she secured a place at the prestigious Everyman Theatre aged 17 before joining the RSC in 1984. Two years later she landed the lead role in her first film, the British classic Mona Lisa. More films followed, including Priest and The Serpent and the Rainbow. Most people will remember Tyson from her acclaimed role as prostitute Carol Johnson in ITV’s successful series Band of Gold.
South African born actor and writer Paul Herzberg doesn’t shy away from racial politics. Born into an apartheid-ridden country with politicised parents, he was twice conscripted into the army, including fighting in the Angolan war. After studying acting and scriptwriting in his homeland, Herzberg moved to London in the 1970s and enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Adelayo Adedayo is a versatile young actress who works in TV, film and now stage. Trained at the Identity School of Acting, Adedayo’s TV work includes the leading role of Viva in BBC3’s Some Girls as well as M.I. High, Skins and Meet The Bandais. For film she recently starred in playwright Bola Agbaje’s adaptation of her Oliver Award winning play Gone Too Far, which premiered at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.