Rosie’s Magic Horse / Out of the Cage / Gods and Monsters

Photograph © Pamela Raith Photography

Photograph © Pamela Raith Photography

Rosie’s Magic Horse, my latest collaboration with Peaceful Lion Productions, opened successfully at Southwark Playhouse earlier this month. This one has been a lot of fun – the story, based on the book by Russell Hoban and illustrated by Quentin Blake, has been beautifully adapted by Ollie Fielding. The cast are fabulous and do a brilliant job of spell-binding little ones (and big ones) for 50mins. The great thing about these shows is that Ollie really let’s me loose. So, naturally, there’s a ragga breakdown about ice cream. And a rock and roll number about hot chocolate. And as for the pirate sea shanty… well, you’ll have to hear it for yourself! It runs until 20 December, and is the perfect treat for ages 3+.

Next year sees two new productions. First is Out of the Cage – a play written and directed by Alex McSweeney. Having been involved in the development stages of this piece for some time, I’m so excited it’s getting a proper outing at The Park Theatre.

“Early spring 1916, before the slaughter of the Somme, munitionettes all over London met in secret to decide the fate of thousands of fellow co-workers. Their choice was simple: stand up to the belligerent attitude of male workers and an intractable government or forever be seen as second-class citizens of the Empire.

Were they dangerous and disruptive elements undermining their country at a time of war, or inspiring visionaries of a better world prepared to fight for a fairer future?”

Out of the Cage previews from 20 January 2015.

Then in February I’m back at Southwark Playhouse with Gods and Monsters – based on the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram, in an adaptation by Director Russell Labey. A “glorious imagining” of the latter days of film director James Whale – I think it’s going to be divine and monstrous. Previews from 5 February.

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