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After two years as a meagre blog, I’ve pushed the boat out for 2015 and gone and bought me a proper website! Everything I’ve posted has been moved over, and all new content will be published over there. So please, come and join me at my new website!

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News: Meet A Python! Terry Jones to Make Book Signing Appearance This Saturday

Official artwork for 'Nicobobinus'.

Official artwork for ‘Nicobobinus’.

Terry Jones, Monty Python’s Flying Circus alumni and children’s author, is the inventive genius behind 5* “…maelstrom of colour, activity, and wonder” Nicobobinus, currently playing at the LOST Theatre, London.

After the matinee showing of Nicobobinus on Saturday 20th December, Jones will be signing copies of his book from 4:30pm. Fans of Jones’ children’s book, young and old alike, should not only miss this opportunity to have him scrawl something on a beloved personal item, but should absolutely, definitely, see Red Ladder and DumbWise’s stupendous musical adaptation.

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Nicobobinus plays at the LOST Theatre, London, SW8 2JU, until 3 January 2015. Tickets are £15 (concessions and family tickets available). To book, visit http://losttheatre.co.uk.


#Pantomonium Has Arrived!

My YouTube mini-series looking at panto and the state of British seasonal theatre is up! Go on over to my channel, #FreshOffTheStalls, or check back here for updates!

Episode 1: A Very Good Place To Start

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Episode 2: Panto After Hours

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#Pantomonium Sneak Peak – EXCLUSIVE Clip from ‘Nicobobinus’

In just over a week’s time, I’ll be launching a serial feature on my YouTube channel, #FreshOffTheStalls. Starting on 1 December 2014 “#Pantomonium” will take a look at pantomime and Christmas shows past and present, and look at the state of current day seasonal theatre.

Featured in the series will be DumbWise theatre company, who are bringing their family musical adaptation of Monty Python’s Flying Circus star Terry Jones’ children’s book, Nicobobinus, to the LOST Theatre this year in association with Red Ladder Theatre Company.

As well as chatting to them about what makes a Christmas show and how this differs from pantomime, I was allowed to film them during a rehearsal. Therefore, as a sneak peak for the series and an EXCLUSIVE clip of their upcoming show, I’m proud to present a rehearsal excerpt of “Morning In Venice”, the show’s opening number.

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Nicobobinus will run at the LOST Theatre, London, SW8 2JU, from 11 December 2014 – 4 January 2014. Tickets are £15 (concessions available). To book, visit http://losttheatre.co.uk.


I’m Cycling from London to Brighton for Terrence Higgins Trust

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Because a picture of me in my cycling gear would have likely put you off donating!

50+ miles and one hell of a hill at the end of it! I’m reviving my 2012 performance of cycling from Brighton once more, for the greater good.

So far, I’ve been cycling my little socks off training for this big event, doing 15 mile loops into work and even 50+ miles over the North Downs to get myself fit enough for this mammoth effort. Why? Charity of course (why else)! By doing this craziness I will be raising money for Terrence Higgins Trust (THT). But why them?

I’m not someone living with HIV (I’m HIV- last time I had my regular check), but that doesn’t mean I can’t or shouldn’t be supporting THT. The support they give to those living with HIV, which includes several friends of mine, is invaluable. More so, as well as being there for those who have HIV, they do myriad work and campaigning to help prevent the spread of HIV, as well as disseminating some superlative information and materials on sexual health. Although THT is heavily associated with LGBT (particularly gay men) they’re actually open to and target all genders and sexualities, so this is far from about supporting a “gay” charity because I’m gay.

So, please join me as I make it increasingly difficult for me to handle stairs, by sparing a few quid to support the fantastic work that they do. You can donate to my cycle at my Virgin Money Giving Page: www.virginmoneygiving.com/jameswaygood.

THIGHS OF STEEL, ACTIVATE!

My cycle will take place on 7 September 2014. For more information about the Terrence Higgins Trust, please visit www.tht.org.uk.


News: Shunt Announces New Show “The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face”

Shunt artwork - A5 RGB 72dpiCelebrated theatre company, Shunt, who are renowned for their large-scale site-specific theatrical experiences, will be blasting the shrink-wrap off a new summer performance venue in North Greenwich, with new show The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face.

Situated on an old coaling jetty elevated above the river Thames near the O2 Arena, Shunt, in their first ever outdoor production, will usher willing audience members through a disorientating and multi-sensory experience inside a cluster of shipping containers. Their previous fully-immersive theatre pieces, such as The Architects and Money, has won them fame and acclaim time and time again, and The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face looks to continue their track record of thrilling and bold events.

Unsurprisingly, Shunt are being scintillating coy about what the show is about, only letting on that it will draw inspiration from Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies and Jospeh Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness. Furthermore, their freshly released trailer (below) is surreally enigmatic, prompting more questions than answers. The only other things we know is that audience members will be required to remove their socks and shoes to go barefoot through the experience, and that – and I quote:

“Every 10 minutes 30 people will disappear into a shipping container and are spat out 45 minutes later.”

If you’re not feeling that brave, there will also be a pop-up bar and food venue, so you can keep yourself occupied whilst you assume your friends will join you later for a much needed drink.

Tickets are £10, which is incredibly affordable. So given the bargain price and Shunt’s reputation, I would highly suggest booking asap as it’s likely to sell out quickly given the strictly limited six week run.

See you on the other side!

The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face will run at The Jetty, London, SE10 0FL, from 14 August – 28 September 2014. Tickets are £10. To book, visit www.barbican.org.uk. For more information about Shunt and the production, visit www.shunt.co.uk.


News: Orwell’s “Animal Farm” to be Staged at Newham City Farm

Revolution FarmGeorge Orwell’s twisted tale of revolution and status quo, Animal Farm, gets a summer performance in London this year on an actual farm!

After the success of last year’s When Chaplin Met Ghandi, Jim Kenworth and Community Links will let Revolution Farm will take over (pun intended) Newham City Farm this August for a modern twist on Orwell’s enduring satireOnce again, the company will be working alongside local schools to give students a chance to perform alongside professional actors in a professional production.

In this new text by Kenworth, Revolution Farm plucks the cautionary tale from the mid-twentieth century and reworks it for a contemporary age. Using “in-yer-face” language indicative of the location of London’s largest city farm, Kenworth may well explore the resonance the novel still has today within a culture of urban disquiet.

With 1984 having already torn up Islington and the West End this year, this is set to be an ambitious setting of an iconic piece of British literature in a truly unique and exciting location and setting.

Revolution Farm runs at Newham City Farm, London, E6 5LT from 19 – 24 August 2014. Tickets are £10 (concessions available) and £5 for Newham residents. To book visit www.animalfarm.ticketsource.co.uk


News: FREE Track From New Musical “Dogfight”

dogfight-poster-3Southwark Playhouse and Danielle Tarento have released a recording of “Pretty Funny” on YouTube ahead of  the upcoming European premier of award-winning musical, Dogfight, based on the 1991 movie of the same name.

After it’s great success off-Broadway, the producer behind the Southwark Playhouse’s most notable hits (Parade, Victor/Victoria, and Titanic – which transferred to New York) is bringing the Lucille Lortel 2013 Awards “Outstanding Musical” to London for six weeks only.

With music and lyrics by duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Time Out New York have described the score as, “Easily the most delicate, surprising, musically satisfying score since Spring Awakening.” In this track sung by lead Laura Jane Matthewson, who will play Rose in the London production, it’s easy to see why. Lilting and bittersweet with a rousing and unexpected middle-eight, if “Pretty Funny” is anything to go by, the rest of the score should be fantastic; especially if Matthewson brings the same heartfelt performance to the show that she demonstrates on YouTube.

Until the show opens, this should keep you going for a while, although the full original off-Broadway cast recording is available on Spotify. Given Tarento’s track record with both the Southwark Playhouse and the Menier Chocolate Factory, this will undoubtedly be a summer show not to be missed.

Dogfight will play at Southwark Playhouse, London, SE1 6BD, from 8 August – 13 September 2014. Preview tickets (8-12 August) are £12. Tickets are £22 (concessions available). To book, visit http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.


News: Seth Rudetsky Deconstructs Elaine Paige

Officially OBSESSED! Seth Rudetsky,

Officially OBSESSED! Seth Rudetsky.

Seth Rudetsky is BACK in London next month, returning to the Leicester Square Theatre with his show, Deconstructing Broadway. This one man show is all about being obsessed with musicals and the people who perform in them, seeing Rudetsky take iconic and “ah-MAH-zing” Broadway numbers apart bit by bit with fierce aplomb and crystal-tipped wit.

In honour of his return from the Big Apple to the Big Smoke, he’s taken to YouTube to deconstruct “the queen of British belting” – the ineffable Elaine Paige – in her celebrated role in Evita.

If you haven’t already seen Rudetsky’s show, then don’t miss this opportunity to watch him tear into Broadway with style and substance like no-one else can, having garnered 5* reviews from me, GT, and Mark Shenton at his last London appearance.

He’s still got it!

Deconstructing Broadway will play at the Leicester Square Theatre, London, WC2H 7BX, on 10th August 2014. Tickets are £15 – £25. To book, visit www.leicestersquaretheatre.com.


Not Your Usual Twitter Break-Up

Hello all!  I’m still on my semi-sabbatical at the moment. However, as things aren’t going particularly well, my circumstance of late have further highlighted my need to have separate personal and professional Twitter accounts: something I’ve been putting off due to arrogance and denial for a while.

So, biting the bullet, the following changes will be made to my Twitter presence.

  • @grumpyyounggay will be changing to @grumpygaycritic. This will be my professional account where I’ll Tweet all my articles and a handful of candid opinions and quips. This also needs a name change, turning 29 this month hardly qualifies me as “young” anymore! I know that means that a lot of the personal Tweets that I’ve made will still be attached to that, but I’d hate to lose the wealth of industry contacts that have made.
  • @thewaybad will be my personal account. This will be locked and made private. By all means ask for an invitation. I’m not strict about who follows me, but I do need to ensure I have some control over who sees my rants and ramblings.

So follow me, unfollow me, or refollow me! Hopefully normal service will resume soon 🙂