An archive of the Hot News from 2012
George Dillon's recommended performances of Berkoff's Graft
continues a national tour:
22 Nov 2012 Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor
5 Dec 2012 Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
18 Jan 2013 Stahl Theatre , Oundle
13 Mar 2-13 Mill Arts Centre, Banbury
Actors in Search of a Director in London, UK
Berkoff directs the World Premiere of his latest play, Six Actors
in Search of a Director at the Charing Cross Theatre, London from
16 May– 23 Jun 2012.
is a comedy set on a film location: "Six actors are on a
movie set waiting for their call. Until then, they are in limbo,
needing the director to bring them to life. He does this merely
by using the one magic word - Action!"
includes Neil Stuke, Philip Voss, Andrée Bernard, Sarah
Chamberlain, Ruth Everett, Jonathan Sidgwick and Paul Trussell.
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on UK tour
Theatre present East at the Bristol Festival then on a UK tour.
The details have to be confirmed but the details so far are:
15 May 2012 - Bristol
20 May 2012 - Oxford
21 May 2012 -
22 May 2012 - London
26 May 2012 - Sheffield
May 2012 - Salford
28 May 2012 - Salford
29 May 2012 -
Guide2Brighton on 2 May 2012 say
"byMoonlight’s cast are all perfect in their roles the
leggy Sylv (Sinead MacInnes) filling the stage with her tiny
black dress and her consistently spread legs. Sweaty, suave,
hypnotising Mike (Turan Duncan) bulging across the stage.
Hilarious little Les (Wayne Hughes) playing the small
imperceptibly lonely softy. Angry Dad’s (Richard Williams)
rants filling the whole theatre and Mother (Andy Currums ) in her
baggy stockings and apron drifting into her tacky TV world and
dancing to her own internal tune in the background often stole
the show. I could watch the play 5 times and see it from a
different angle each time – all are infinitely watchable.
The Director has stayed true to Berkhoff’s original play
but added a warmth that translates it to be as watchable today as
it was over 30 years ago."
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Messiah in London
presents a site specific production of The Messiah. It will
be performed in a surviving World War 2 Bunker located in
London. It is on from 15- 26 May 2012. Click on
the image for more details.
Trial in London
College of Law Drama Society present The Trial at The Club
Theatre at RADA Studios from 1-5 May 2012.
are Radoslav Lolov and Camilla Krishnan. Benjamin
Inigo-Jones plays K, Sinead Elset is Mrs Grubnach, Karen Wu is
Mrs Burstner, Lucy Ashdown is the laundress, Cahrlie Royce the
bailiff, Rain Newel-Lewis is Leni, Laveen Ladharam, is Huld, Jess
Nesling is Block and Paddy Herte is Titorelli.
morning Joseph K wakes up to discover that none of the children
in the nursery like him very much. In fact, they judge him. And
so, under arrest, with proceedings brought against him, K gets on
with life and seeks ...to exonerate himself before the Law from
an offence he knows nothing about. Wherever that Law may be. Or
whoever. And, most worryingly, everyone seems to think he is
Actors in Search of a Director at Charing Cross Theatre, London
that Berkoff's Six Actors in Search of a Director, which has had
a staged reading (in the USA) but no premiere, is coming to
London's Charing Cross Theatre. There is a casting call
New play: Six Actors in Search
of a Director
Steven Berkoff's new play is Six Actors in Search of a Director
(the title is of course a nod to Pirandello's play). It is "a bird's eye
view of the film industry".
The try out was in the Odyssey Theatre is LA, USA, on 6 Mar
2011. It was directed by Berkoff and the actors were Jan Broberg, Oliver
Cowley, Paul Darrigo, Courtney DeCosky, Jase Lindgren, Elizabeth Southard and
Thanks to Kari for the information.
The Trial on tour in UK
Blackeyed Theatre Company present The Trial. The
director is Ella Vale, designer Victoria Spearing, costume designer Hannah Gibbs
and lighting designer Charlotte McClelland. The cast are Derek Elwood,
Nadia Morgan, Robert Snell, Paul Taylor, Simon Wegrzyn. It is on
24- 25 Jan 2012 Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple
27 Jan Radlett Centre
28 Jan Cornerstone Arts, Didcot
31 Jan- 1 Feb Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
2 Feb Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
3 Feb Courtyard Theatre, Hereford
7 Feb Middlesbrough Theatre
10 Feb The Byre Theatre, Fife
11 Feb The Brunton Theatre, Mussleburgh
20 Feb Brewhouse, Taunton
21- 25 Feb Greenwich Theatre
27 Feb Buxton Opera House
29 Feb Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
2 Mar Queen's Hall, Hexham
5- 6 Mar Mumford Theatre, Cambridge
7 Mar The Theatre, Chipping Norton
8 Mar The Lights, Andover
12 Mar Theatre Royal, Margate
13 Mar Key Theatre, Peterborough
14 Mar Stahl Theatre, Oundle
15 Mar Hertford Theatre
16 Mar Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
19 Mar Stantonbury Campus Theatre
20- 22 Mar Wilde Theatre, Bracknell
23- 24 Mar Connaught Theatre, Worthing
26 Mar Loughborough Town Hall
27 Mar Forum Theatre, Malvern
29 Mar Grand Theatre, Lancaster
30 Mar Venue Cymru, Llandudno
"The Trial is the story of Joseph K, an estranged citizen who
finds himself the victim of anonymous governing forces beyond his control.
Deceived by authoritarian power, he is relentlessly hunted down for a crime that
remains nameless. Finding himself arrested and awaiting trial, K sinks deeper
and deeper as he tries to escape through twists and turns that are at once
shocking, thrilling and funny.
More than forty years after its first performance, Steven
Berkoff’s brilliant adaptation of Franz Kafka’s masterpiece has become a classic
work of twentieth century theatre and a widely studied syllabus piece. Kafka’s
universal parable about the human condition is retold in Berkoff’s startlingly
original, fresh and endlessly surprising play, brought back to the stage in
Blackeyed Theatre’s trademark ensemble, physical theatre style to create an
inspiring and unforgettable piece of theatre."
Click on the link for more details. Thanks to Adrian for the information.
Brighton Beach Scumbags in
Brighton Beach Scumbags is presnted by the Tower Theatre
performing at the Rosemary Branch Theatre. It is on from 13- 17 Mar
2012. The director is Robin Hodges.
"What d'ya want on your bleedin' hamburgers?"
"The primitive battle-cry of Dagenham or Romford, fouling the air with
eruptions of deep loathing, frustration and hatred.
Steven Berkoff's lovely day out at the seaside is raw, savage, outrageous
and very funny, as two couples on the sunny beach give full rein to their
Thanks to Stephen for the information. Click on the link for
Berkoff workshop in London, UK
A workshop on Berkoff and Godber by Mandy McKenna.
"This brand new workshop provides tasks and exercises to
introduce Physical Theatre techniques and develop an understanding of
Expressionism and Total Theatre in Steven Berkoff and John Godber’s early work.
Total Theatre uses all aspects of theatrecraft to engage the senses and the
imagination of the audience. Godber’s early work is influenced by his interest
in the powerfully stylised, anti-realistic styles of acting of German
Expressionism and the work of Berkoff. Both practitioner's styles are rooted in
extreme expressions of theatricality with the actor at the centre of
performance. These practitioners give opportunities to play big and bold - to
take the space, stretch the body and voice in a way which leads to developing
stage confidence and presence."
It is at the Toynbee Studios, London on 10 Mar 2012. Click on the
image for more details.
Sink the Belgrano! in
Henley College's BTEC Performing Arts course present their
end of year show, Sink The Belgrano. The director is Neil McCurley.
It is on from 7- 9 Mar 2012 at The Norden Farm Centre For The
Arts in Maidenhead.
Thanks to Sarah for the information. Details are
Berkoff continues his one-man tour of Shakespeare's Villains:
An Evening with Steven Berkoff
Berkoff is in conversation:
The Braintree Arts Theatre, Essex on 3 Feb 2012
Equal People at The Tabernacle in North Kensington, London
on 11 Feb 2012
Avonbourne School, Bournemouth on 16 Nov 2011- POSTPONED.
This will now take place on 19 Jan 2012
Shakespeare's Villains in
Shakespeare's Villains is on 8- 9 Feb 2012 at the Arena
Theatre. Click on the image for more details.
The Trial in London, UK
WorkSpace Productions present The Trial at The Space in
London on 19- 21 Jan 2012. "a fast-paced, ensemble-delivered and
darkly humorous look into K’s unsettling crusade for justice."
Oedipus and the Astronaut
A podcast Oedipus and the Astronaut from The Stage. "As they
rehearse a new production of Oedipus, which opens at the Liverpool
Playhouse this week, writer/director Steven Berkoff and leading actor
Simon Merrells talk to Maria Hodson about working together again, Merrells
having played Terry Malloy in Berkoff’s rendition of On the Waterfront at
London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket". Click on the image for the
The Passenger in London, UK
Antonioni's 1975 film with Steven Berkoff is at the
Riverside Studios in
London on 13 Jan 2012. "David Locke (Jack Nicholson), a
disillusioned television journalist covering current affairs in Africa,
impulsively decides to exchange identities with an acquaintance he finds
dead in a Saharan hotel room. A haunting, suspenseful and subtle study of
psychological and spiritual disenchantment".