NEIL JENNINGS’ THEATRE COMPANY MANGLED YARN RECEIVES ACE FUNDING
In what has been, lets face it, a pretty gloomy year for the arts, let’s celebrate a bit of good news, shall we?
Thrilled to announce that Neil Jennings has just received ACE funding for his theatre company, Mangled Yarn, to present their Christmas show.
Every Time A Bell Rings is the story of how Clarence Odbody, Angel Second Class, earned his wings. It may sound like a familiar tale but an angel needs to learn their trade, and that’s a lesser known story.
Using a mixture of live and pre-recorded performances, including interviews and stories, all collected and reworked in Mangled Yarn’s own raucous style.
Alongside a live, socially distanced audience, Every Time a Bell Rings will also be available to Live Stream or Download at a later date, so even if you can’t join us live in person for whatever reason, we can still reach out to you… it turns out it IS a wonderful life.
More details here
NEW MUSICAL ‘THE ATTIC’ BOASTS INVOLVEMENT OF THREE CLIENTS
Put the words magical realism, Gothic, feminist, and black comedy together and I’m all in.
An original musical that pays homage to Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf and Gabriel García Márquez, The Attic was expected to play at Goldsmiths in a workshop as part of their new musical course. When Covid put an end to that, rather than postponing, The Attic sought out a new home and was delighted to settle in to The Union Theatre for this presentation.
Including not one, not two, but three of my creative clients, the irrepressible Estee Stimler who provides book and lyrics, Ashley M A Walsh, riding high from the success of The Jury at Upstairs at the Gatehouse as composer, and the perpetually busy Six Associate Director Grace Taylor as Director, The Attic will play an industry presentation at The Union on October 1st boasting a fabulous cast of West End performers.
I. Can’t. Wait.
RISING YOUNG DIRECTOR MATTHEW RANKCOM DIRECTS NEW MUSICAL
When lockdown postponed Matthew Rankcom’s highly-anticipated revival of Side Show it was, understandably, a blow. Undeterred Matthew went ahead and launched his new theatre company Grey Area Theatre with The Zoom Where It Happens, an online showcase of new musical theatre using 2020 drama grads.
Following the success of The Zoom Where It Happens, Grey Area announced they would be partnering with Southwark Playhouse to present an online rehearsed reading of Stuart Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman’s new musical Before After starring West End royalty: real-life husband and wife Hadley Fraser and Rosalie Craig playing a couple who were once very much in love.
[Sidebar, this feels particularly special to me as I was at Mountview at the same time as Stuart Matthew Price and, when he appeared as the Young Soldier in Parade at the Donmar, he was one of the first people I interviewed during my theatre journalist days!]
Before After will be available online to watch in the comfort of your own living room/armchair/bed/wherever. I love new musical theatre and I can’t wait to experience this.
Book your tickets here.
TATS NYAZIKA APPEARS IN GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGN
Tats has been a busy lad during lockdown, appearing in a Movember Mental Health campaign on Facebook, being invited to workshop new play, The Moors, by Tonderai Munyevu and appearing in a piece of online theatre, Southwold, for The Space as part of 2.0 Fest.
Now he’s popping up in the UK Government’s campaign for the NHS advising us all to be aware of our Hands, Face & Space in order to stem the spread of Covid-19 and not overwhelm the NHS
It’s an important campaign with a great message and Tats is thrilled to be part of it.
Watch the campaign here.
RENÉE LEVI PLAYS JULIET FOR YSC
Another graduate from St. Mary’s, Twickenham (I like it there!), I first met Renée in late 2017 and was initially impressed by her wit and fierce intelligence. She completely blew me away at her graduating showcase in 2018 and I was thrilled that she chose me to represent her.
Matching the client to the job is really important to me and after graduation Renée showed an increasing interest in working with young people. She, like me, feels that representation and putting back is important so the Young Shakespeare Company seemed like a natural fit. She thought they were “the loveliest people in the world” when she first auditioned for them. Lucky for us, the YSC thought the same about her and cast her as Juliet in their current tour of Romeo & Juliet.
Touring schools in the UK at the moment, she’s super excited to be taking Romeo & Juliet out to Gibraltar later in the year.
MAX HUTCHINSON RULES THE WORLD
What can I say about the charming, dashing, and debonair Max Hutchinson? We’ve been working together on and off for a few years now; we booked his role in Downton Abbey together and then, when his agent unexpectedly left the industry, I was privileged enough to be his first call.
In the short space of time since Max joined me at JBR Creative Management we’ve seen the release of Downton Abbey, he’s booked a commercial for Tommee Tippee, landed the role of The Actor in Woman In Black in the West End (a dream job and real bucket list moment for him), and next month has another feature film coming out, Dream Horse, in which he plays James Lingford opposite Toni Collette.
With him settled in to Woman in Black for the next year it would be easy for him to sit back and enjoy a bit of a break. Not Max. A true all-round creative, he’s already working on several very exciting projects and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for him.
Visit Woman In Black here
SOMETHING WICKER THIS WAY COMES
Advice. If you’re thinking about representing your husband, maybe think again. Agenting is an all-consuming job at the best of times without pillow-talk involving a discussion on which headshot best captures your loved one.
All that said, I can’t imagine anyone being more proud of Rhys Jennings than I am. Watching him grow and develop over the last twelve years has been an incredibly joyful experience. I never imagined that in addition to building a great CV as an actor, including a number of West End jobs, he would also become an award-winning musical theatre writer.
My pride in representing him as both an actor and writer is immeasurable and I cannot wait for the world to see his extraordinary work, The Wicker Husband, when it opens at The Watermill Theatre in March.
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I often think that just having the right attitude in this industry is half the battle and Calum certainly has that. I mean, truth be told, endless positivity can be a bit wearing sometimes but Calum is just one of those young actors who brims with good cheer and an optimistic outlook.
Little wonder then that he’s having the time of his life touring in Friendsical, a loving parody of the Friends TV series. If any series taught us about the value of keeping positive and surrounding yourself with upbeat people, it’s Friends, right?
Calum is touring in Friendsical until August.
“Where do you find talent like Vaneeka?” I get asked a lot. “Twickenham,” is my answer. A graduate of St. Mary’s Drama, Vaneeka and I hit it off the second we met. She is one of the funniest, most alive, and exciting young graduates I’ve met and from Day One she’s kept me in stitches.
As part of the Ensemble in Jamie Lloyd’s Cyrano de Bergerac in the West End, Vaneeka has been attracting attention for her “magnificent beatboxing – gulping, pulsing, hissing, ticking” – The Guardian.
As first jobs go this has to be up there as one of the coolest imaginable. I’m biased obviously, but I’d say keep your eye on her. A fashion designer, spoken word artist, beatboxer, grime artist and brilliant actress, Vaneeka is the very definition of a multi-platform artist and there are some very exciting projects on the horizon for her.
I feel like I’ve had a lot of coffees with Verity. A lot of long, chatty, let’s put the world to rights, coffees. All squeezed in between her incredibly busy schedule.
She’s busy all the time but is thrilled to be joining the creative team as set and costume designer for the relaunched Chiswick Playhouse and their production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.