Julian Eaves takes a look at Prelude showcasing new writers at the Tristan Bates Theatre Prelude Tristan Bates Theatre, 18th June 2018 Joel Fisher did a very sensible thing in inviting Lexi Clare’s showcase for new musical theatre writing into the Tristan Bates Theatre: having seen it Above the Arts recently, he knew it would benefit from the more generous space – and infinitely better acoustics – of his house. And so it proved: it was sheer delight to hear these new voices in a room that did them full justice. As for the performing, so also for the writing: there was a lot of young talent here, drawn from the capital’s leading drama schools. Now, we hear much about the difficulties of gaining access to such training; the prohibitive costs and lack of subsidies available mean, we are told again and again, that there is increasingly a restricted demographic … Read more
The evening as a whole provided a superbly invigorating beginning to the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola. We were given new insights into an old work that made it seem much less forbidding and more accessible than usual; and in the second half the joyous, madcap side to the life of the clown and the circus was given full rein in a new one. Tradition and its subversion, the two governing tenets of Grimeborn, were in in this instance in perfect balance.