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Trish Cooke and Nathan Bryon - hosts of Bush Theatre's new masterclasses

London Theatre News Today: Monday 25 January

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai Published 25 January 2021

Bush Theatre announces two new digital masterclasses

Trish Cooke and Nathan Bryon

The Bush Theatre has announced two new masterclasses, which will offer an insight into theatre by leading practitioners Trish Cooke, Nathan Bryon (11 February), and Katie Mitchell (25 February).

Have you got ideas for stage, screen, and books? How do you find which idea works best for each medium? And how do you kickstart your writing career? Trish Cooke (So Much, winner of the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award and the Nestle Smarties Book Prize) and Nathan Bryon (Sunday Times Bestseller Look Up! and Bloods on Sky 1) have written everything from plays to television to children’s books and are here to share their best tips and exercises.

Participants will be able to attend the online masterclasses from the comfort of their home via Zoom. The sessions will develop skills in writing and directing for all levels and will be interactive.

Online tickets are now on sale via the Bush Theatre Box Office and are priced at £20. There are a limited number of bursary places available and concession pricing. Click here to find out more!


Join us for Theatre Chat Live tomorrow at 6pm

We know lockdown can be super lonely and so we created a new Theatre Chat Live series where theatre fans can come together and talk all things stage! Last week, we talked about what films, TV shows and books we’d like to see turned into a musical/play. Join Jess tomorrow at 6pm on our Instagram channel where she’ll be asking you what your earliest memory of theatre is. See you there!


Original Theatre Company announces four new monologues

Original Theatre Company – the production company behind the critically acclaimed lockdown productions of Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong Online, Louise Coulthard’s Watching Rosie, Torben Betts’s Apollo 13: The Dark Side of The Moon and Philip Franks’s The Haunting of Alice Bowles – and Perfectly Normal Productions are delighted to present the first revival of Barnes’ People, a series of four theatrical monologues starring Jon Culshaw, Matthew Kelly, Jemma Redgrave and Adrian Scarborough and directed by Philip Franks and Charlotte Peters. The production will be streamed from 18 February to 31 July 2021 via originaltheatreonline.com, with tickets available from today. Check out what’s on offer below!

Billy & Me starring Jon Culshaw – Directed by Charlotte Peters

For Michael Jennings, the only way to fight the voices in his head is to bring them to life. In fact he’s made a career from it.  Now, seemingly alone on an empty stage, Billy, his stage partner of 25 years, keeps interrupting him.  Which would be fine, except that Billy is a puppet.  Billy and Me is a hilarious and daring examination exploring what happens when a ventriloquist lets the puppets take control.

Losing Myself starring Matthew Kelly – Directed by Philip Franks

Adams used to have everything, with the world at his feet.  Now he’s lost his faith… and his rocking horse.  On a solitary bench within the hallowed confines of one of London’s forgotten churchyards, Adams sits on a bench for his final conversation with an old friend.  With poignancy and profundity he must come to terms with who he has become and where he is going, but it’s going to rain and the bulldozers are moving in.

Rosa starring Jemma Redgrave – Directed by Philip Franks

Dr Rosa Hamilton is tired.  After twenty years of battling the system, drowning in paperwork and watching patients fade away in care homes, she’s tired, she’s angry and she really wants a drink.  Especially as she’s about to dictate the most important letter of her life.

True Born Englishman starring Adrian Scarborough, A World Premiere – Directed by Philip Franks

Leslie has been a footman at Buckingham Palace for thirty years.  A life of service, a life of discretion and a lifetime of secrets.  Originally banned from broadcast by the BBC and never seen before, this world premiere takes you behind the scenes of the most famous of royal palaces for an unforgettable audience with a true born Englishman.

Click here to find out more and to grab your tickets now.

Don’t forget to pop over to our online calendar here, it’s packed with plenty of ways to keep you connected with theatre including livestreams, world premieres, podcasts and more! 


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