Coming up on #KHTOnline

London theatre news: Saturday 8 August 2020

London Fringe - Online

George Turvey discusses the work of Papatango and Andrew Davies looks at 'castability' and how that is changing and evolving with increased inclusivity.
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On Facebook and Instagram at 1pm for 30 minutes, the King's Head Theatre's online offering is back nexy week with its regular insights into the theatrical world.

Here's the schedule for the week commencing 10 August ...


with George Turvey

Papatango champion the next generation of brilliant playwrights, especially those who might otherwise lack pathways into theatre.

Their opportunities are free, open to anyone, and anonymously assessed.

Headed up by Artistic Director, George Turvey and Executive Director, Chris Foxon, Papatango run an annual New Writing Prize.

Opening in 2009, it's the biggest playwriting award in the UK, attracting more annual entries than any other.

They also offer an annual Resident Playwright position for early-stage playwrights to receive a seed commission and develop a new play with extensive dramaturgy and GoWrite, an ambitious year-round programme of in-depth playwriting workshops and education opportunities for over four thousands people.

When theatres across the country began to close their doors back in March, Papatango launched Isolated But Open: Voices from Across The Shutdown, to inspire creativity and share amazing new stories at a time when people needed them most.

The result was ten new monologues, chosen from 2063 submissions, representing the freshest, most vital and most exciting voices from across the country, alongside two world premieres from award-winning playwrights, Rachel De-Lahay and Anders Lustgarten.

All twelve monologues were filmed by actors working in self-isolation which you can watch for free here or you can download the free playtext here.

In this session, George will be discussing Papatango, their New Writing Prize and the work the company does to help nurture and grow new writing across the country.


with Andrew Davies

Andrew has been a casting freelancer in theatre and film for five years, since co-producing his play I Went To A Fabulous Party with the King's Head Theatre in 2015.

A year of casting for the King's Head included Joe DiPietro's 10-role F**king Men which had multiple runs, the 'beautifully cast' (★★★★ The Independent) Strangers in Between (pictured above) which transferred to Trafalgar Studios, and an early run of Peter Darney's international success 5 Guys Chillin'.

His short film projects include False Men,The Verge starring Zawe Ashton, The Power of One Coin and a 60+ strong cast in festival favourite Nation Down directed by Liam Heath.

Amsterdam-based feature The Host is currently available on Amazon Prime with an international cast including: Maryam Hassouni; Dougie Poynter; Togo Igawa and Derek Jacobi.

Andrew has also cast the new regional voices you hear introducing programmes on BBC One and Two.

This year, alongside shorts, a music video, and a new feature, Andrew held over 500 actor 121s during lockdown and now partakes in a variety of workshops.

In this session, Andrew will look at the meaning of having 'castability' and how that is changing and evolving as we head towards, much needed, increased inclusivity.

Both KHTOnline sessions are free to everyone and start at 1pm on Facebook and Instagram.

All the #KHTOnline content is available to watch on the theatre's website from 3.00pm on the day of broadcast.

And you can also catch-up with the past week's episodes and the entire #KHTOnline archive so far.

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