Words don’t do justice to Sam Steiner’s Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons. Set in an almost dystopian future; combining a deeply political play with a love story is not an easy feat, but Steiner captures the complexity perfectly. Lemons explores a world where a 140-word limit, the ‘Hush Law’ has been enforced and demonstrates the effects it has on a couple, Bernadette (Jemima Murphy) and Oliver (Charlie Suff). The play jumps around in time, made up of very short, fast-paced scenes, but it is easy to follow. It is set over a potential time span of years, flitting back and forth between pre-word limit and present day and shows the deterioration of love and trust between Bernadette and Oliver. Although the play’s first performance was back in 2015, it is more relevant than ever. Testing the limits of freedom of speech, the Hush Law creates cracks in social class and introduces discussions that could be real life scenarios. It is scary to realise how identifiable it is to disagree with close friends and family over the future of the country.Hamish Clayton’s direction opens new ways to define the importance of communication. Bernadette and Oliver are forced into finding alternate methods to speak to each other; Morse code, warped language, physical touch and eye contact, to name a few - which is heart-breaking and tense to watch at times. Clayton explored subtle ways to represent the importance of words and values to show how significantly their lives had changed from something so simple. The basement theatre is small but the space was used effectively, the set being only a shelving unit with several props, two chairs and two lights. The lights switched to red when one of the characters had used their word limit, this was harrowing at times (mid argument, for example) and exceptionally powerful.Murphy and Suff have impeccable onstage chemistry. Their ability to portraylove, frustration and even aggression towards each other was compelling and raw. I couldn’t take my eyes off them. Accompanied by an excellent soundtrack, Lemons makes you ponder about how you would react in these situations, what your priorities would be and how far you would go for someone. I cannot recommend seeing this play highly enough, it is thought provoking and completely unique. Steiner has hit perfection with this play and leaves you feeling a mix of sadness, fear and hope. Truly fascinating.Review by Hannah StoreyRating: ★★★★★Seat: Unallocated | Price of Ticket: £15
May 15, 2019
Wise Children’s adaptation of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers, co-produced by York Theatre Royal in association with Bristol Old Vic, will star Rebecca Collingwood as Gwendoline Lacey, Mirabelle Gremaud as Irene Bartlett, Vinnie Heaven as Bill Robinson, Izuka Hoyle as Darrell Rivers, Renee Lamb as Alicia Johns, Francesca Mills as Sally Hope and Rose Shalloo as Mary Lou Atkinson. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, the musical opens on 25 July 2019 at The Passenger Shed in the company’s home city of Bristol, before embarking on a national tour to Cambridge, York, Exeter, Manchester and Oxford.Rebecca Collingwood has previously appeared in Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost for the RSC at Chichester Festival Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket. Mirabelle Gremaud has worked for dance-theatre and circus companies in Switzerland and England and was cast in Emma Rice's first production of her new company, as Young Nora in Wise Children (Old Vic and UK Tour). Vinnie Heaven is a non-binary trans performer. They are an associate artist of Strike A Light who produced She’s A Good Boy, written and performed by Vinnie, which toured nationally in 2019. Vinnie’s recent performance credits include Pingu in Cuckoo at Soho Theatre and Imaginary Friend in the national tour of Half The World Away. Vinnie is also the co-artistic director of Raised Eyebrows Theatre, which is touring Charmane, a family show written by Vinnie, autumn 2019 to spring 2020. Izuka Hoyle has previously played Emily Davison in Sylvia (Old Vic), The Boy in The Selfish Giant (Royal & Derngate / Vaudeville), Catherine Parr in Six (Arts Theatre) and Selina in Working (Southwark Playhouse), as well as Mary Seton in the Working Title film Mary Queen of Scots. Renee Lamb has previously played Armelia in Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Southwark Playhouse, Mercury Colchester), Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors (Regent’s Park Open Theatre) and Catherine of Aragon in Six (Arts Theatre). Francesca Mills has appeared most recently in The American Clock(Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sheffield Crucible), Pity (Royal Court), The Two Noble Kinsmen (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Tale Of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), and she was nominated for the 2017 Ian Charleston Award for her performance in The Government Inspector (Birmingham Rep). Her television work includes seasons two and three of Harlots (ITV) and film work includes Zoolander 2. Rose Shalloo has previously played Little Boy in The Selfish Giant(Vaudeville Theatre, Royal & Derngate), Margalit in To Paint the Earth (Southwark Playhouse), Chava in Fiddler on the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Shannon in A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (National Theatre). Her television roles include Ellen Maccoubrie in Holby City (BBC), Tasha in The Five (Sky), Hannah Commander in The Scandalous Lady W (BBC) and June Colter in Call the Midwife (BBC) and her film credits include Hannah in Emma (Working Title).The windows shone. A green creeper climbed almost to the roof. It looked like an old-time castle. My school! thought Darrell, and a little warm feeling came into her heart. How lucky I am to be going to Malory Towers!Nostalgic, naughty and perfect for now, Malory Towers is the original ‘Girl Power’ story, filled with high jinks, high drama and high spirits, all set to sensational live music and breathtaking animation. Darrell Rivers is starting school with an eager mind and fierce heart. Unfortunately she also has a quick temper! Can she learn to tolerate the infuriating Gwendoline Lacey, or value the kind-hearted Sally Hope? Can she save the school play and rescue terrified Mary Lou from the grip of a raging storm? If she can do these things anywhere, she will do them at Malory Towers!Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, this is a show for girls, boys, and all us grown up children who still dream of midnight feasts and Cornish clifftops. With set and costume design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, sound and video by Simon Baker and original music by Ian Ross.This production is generously supported by Bristol City Council Culture Team and Sherborne Girls School.The show is officially licensed by Enid Blyton Entertainment, a division of Hachette Children’s Group (HCG). Karen Lawler, Head of Licensed Content at HCG, says, “Enid Blyton created incredible female characters at Malory Towers: strong, capable and always, always kind. ‘Women the world can lean on,’ in Enid’s own words. We share Emma’s passion for these characters and we couldn’t be more excited to see Emma’s vision of Malory Towers come to life.”Emma Rice on Malory Towers…I’ve always been drawn to the years that followed the Second World War. It’s a time that feels close enough to touch, as I vividly remember my grandparents and how the war affected their lives. My Mum’s parents - poor and largely uneducated - decided that their children would have access to all the things that they hadn’t. I don’t know how they managed it on a railway worker’s pay, but my mother was sent to a remote grammar school in Dorset: Lord Digby’s School for Girls. Whilst not a boarding school, Lord Digby's was an extraordinary place of learning that changed my mother’s, and by extension my own, life. The tendrils of passion and education that Lord Digby’s stood for reach out across 60 years and more. They reached out over my inner city comprehensive education and have shaped my own beliefs and choices to this day.My adaptation of Malory Towers is dedicated to the generation of women who taught in schools in that period. With lives shaped by the savagery of two wars, these teachers devoted themselves to the education and nurture of other women. It is also for the two generations of men that died in those same wars, leaving us with the freedom to lead meaningful, safe and empowered lives. And it is for Clement Attlee and his Labour government of 1945 who looked into the face of evil and chose to do what was right. These people changed the political landscape in their focus on care, compassion and the common good. Malory Towers was written at the heart of this political revolution, and embodies a kindness, hope and love of life that knocks my socks off. 'Long live our appetites and may our shadows never grow less!’ the girls cry.My mother wrote to her teachers at Lord Digby’s until they died and is still friends with many of the girls she met there. And when I see my Mum, born into the poorest of rural backgrounds, enjoying Dickens and Almodovar and speaking French to her childhood pen-friend, I am stopped in my tracks. She went on to dedicate her life to the NHS and the helping of others whilst never losing her appetite for life, culture and hope. I salute her, and I cheer the education that threw this mind and soul into the air and said, “be a woman that the world can lean on”.So that’s why I am making Malory Towers, with gratitude, hope and sheer pleasure! I call it my ‘Happy Lord of the Flies’ and it is joyfully radical to its bones. Imagine a world where (left to their own devices), people choose kindness. Imagine a world where difference is respected and arguments resolved with thought and care. Imagine a world that chooses community, friendship and fun. Now that’s a world I want to live in and, at Malory Towers, you can!
May 15, 2019
A mother is dead after a confrontation with a police officer ended when he fired multiple shots, while she lay on the ground yelling, “I’m pregnant.”The happened Monday night (May 13) in the Houston area of Baytown, Texas.44-year-old Pamela Turner was walking to her apartment when an officer attempted to arrest her for outstanding warrants. The two began to struggle and the officer deployed his Taser. Turner somehow got ahold of the Taser and Tased the officer.The officer then drew his gun and proceeded to shoot multiple rounds while standing over Turner as she lay on the ground.In cellphone footage of the incident, just moments before being shot to death, Turner yelled: “I’m pregnant!”The officer performed CPR on Turner, but she was pronounced dead on the scene.In an effort to defend the officer’s deadly actions, Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris claimed that the officer—whose name has not been released—feared for his life because Turner Tased him (which was exactly what he was trying to do to her).“Our officer was tased, and you have to understand what a Taser is. It’s a weapon designed to incapacitate people. The question is: ‘Was the officer in fear for his life?’ I think a logical person would say yes,” Dorris said. An eyewitness captured the shooting on video and it was shared online, going viral on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.Dorris seemed to take more issue with the video going viral than the fact that a 44-year-old mother was just shot and killed.“It’s unfortunate that somebody takes a tragic incident like this and posts it on social media,” said Dorris. “It’s extremely disrespectful for everybody involved, but that’s the day and age we live in with social media.”Due to “prior dealings” with Turner, the officer knew there were outstanding arrest warrants against her. Court records show Turner had two warrants for criminal mischief and one for assault resulting in bodily harm.Turner’s sister Antoinette said that she had a history of mental illness and was currently taking medication for schizophrenia.However, neighbors told reporters that she was not a threat.“Sometimes you would see her, you know, get into it with people around the apartments, but nothing too, you know, bad,” Raquel Cuellar said. “It’s just, you know, just typical her. She’s not a bad person. She didn’t hurt nobody.”Turner was often seen walking her dog.“She would walk her dog. That’s all she did was walk her dog and pick up trash,” said neighbor Jonathan Little. “She didn’t mess with anybody. It was just her and her dog.”Antoinette also said that her sister was NOT pregnant as she had claimed just before being shot. Police also said an autopsy confirmed that Turner was not pregnant.Turner did have two children, both in their 20s. She also had three grandchildren.Interestingly, Antoinette claims the officer who shot her sister was also one of her neighbors. Turner allegedly had her. However, this has yet to be confirmed by other sources.The officer who shot Turner is an 11-year veteran and has been placed on administrative leave while police investigate the matter.Police confirmed that he was wearing a body cam during the incident, but that footage is unlikely to be released to the public. is a post from:
May 14, 2019
LEGO Stranger Things set revealed The Group has revealed a special building set based on Netflix’s and it’s infamous Upside Down! The Byers’ house features Will’s bedroom, including details like Will’s boombox, bed, desk, desk lamp, drawings and movie posters; the living room features authentic details from the series, like the alphabet wall with a light-up function, couch, coffee table, telephone, axe, ‘have you seen me?’ flyer stickered element and abear trap to catch the Demogorgon; and the dining room which includes an armchair, boxes that store Christmas lights, fantasy game rule book stickered element and a potted plant. The set can flip between the real world and The Upside Down. The Upside Down version of the house, from an alternate dimension, features all the rooms from the real-world model but with a dark, vine-covered, dilapidated look that fans will instantly recognize from the series. With 8 Stranger Things figures, each with its own accessories, this playset makes a great gift for Stranger Things fans who will love to build and display this model to show their passion for the series. Included in the set are Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper and the Demogorgon. Also included is Chief Jim Hopper’s police truck which includes a removable roof for easy access to the interior and a pumpkin element as a reminder of Season 2. This Stranger Things collectible includes over 2,200 pieces and comes in 11 bags, so the real world and The Upside Down can be built at the same time for a shared building experience and measures over 12” (32cm) tall, 17” (44cm) wide and 8” (21cm) deep. Available directly from LEGO Stores & shop.LEGO.com from June 1, 2019 (May 15, 2019 for LEGO VIP) The post appeared first on .
May 14, 2019
Nipsey Hussle’s first baby mama Tanisha Asghedom was reportedly an emotional wreck Tuesday (May 14) when she appeared in court alongside Nipsey’s sister, Samantha Smith, and his brother, Blacc Sam for a hearing on the guardianship of her and Nipsey’s 10-year-old daughter Emani., Tanisha broke down crying when she saw her daughter for the FIRST TIME in what she said was MONTHS.The courtroom was reportedly cleared for 20 minutes while Tanisha and Emani spent some alone time together.The hearing was pushed back to Friday, which is when a final decision will be made about who will have primary custody of Emani and the financial support they will receive from Hussle’s estate, which is worth millions.Nipsey’s sister Samantha requesting legal guardianship last month because, according to sources close to the family, she believes Tanisha is unable to properly care for her. She was until a court hearing.Nipsey primarily took care of Emani before he died, but Samantha says she helped raise the 10-year-old as well and in seeking legal guardianship “to ensure the continued stability for Emani and ensure that she will be able to maintain her current and ongoing relationship” with her father’s family.Nipsey’s brother, Blacc Sam, also filed a declaration in support of Samantha receiving guardianship of their niece.Sam, meanwhile, is involved in another legal fight to take control of Nipsey’s estate, which includes about $2 million worth of assets.Nipsey Hussle was outside his Marathon Clothing store in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles.Eric Holder, Hussle’s suspected killer, to murder charges in April, but he’ll need to find a new lawyer because after receiving a number of death threats from Hussle’s fans and supporters. is a post from:
May 14, 2019
Children's Theatre of Annapolis Tia NorrisWhether it’s for a professional show or your school play, auditions are a difficult and panic-inducing process. Throughout my 14 years of experience within the world of theatre I have had countless auditions for everything from professional touring musicals to Am-Dram (the British term for community theatre) plays and pantomimes, encompassing acting, singing, dancing and even juggling once! No matter what the audition is for, I always find I have that shaky, butterflies feeling leading up to it, though I must admit I have much more control over my nerves than I did as a child. Within this article I am going to lay out the top tips I have picked up for keeping your cool and acing that audition! Although most of my experiences are more applicable to children/ teens/ young adults, I’m certain these tips may come in handy for adults too. 1 – Prepare This doesn’t just mean preparing your piece(s) for the audition, but preparing yourself, physically and mentally. No matter how polished and well performed your song, monologue or routine may be, if you aren’t mentally and physically prepared, your audition will not go well. There are a few main things you need to prepare: your body, voice, mind and your plan for the audition day. First of all, preparing your body. Generally, as actors we should all aim to stay in good shape, in order to keep up with any physical demands of a role, however, if you are going to be attending an audition featuring dance, it may be time to get a few classes in! If you intend to partake in dance or musical theatre auditions, it is a good idea to have some basic jazz ability and competency with choreography already, however the most important thing leading up to an audition is rest. You don’t want to overwork yourself and burnout before or even during an audition – yikes. Rest is equally important for the voice, especially if you are performing a scene, monologue or song. In the weeks leading up to an audition, ensure you are drinking plenty of fluids and protecting your voice. I recommend avoiding dairy and particularly sugary foods which coat the throat, and trying to get some herbal teas, I particularly enjoy lemon, honey and ginger tea, which is great for the throat as well as combatting any symptoms of a cold, and honey, which can easily be purchased is a squeezy bottle which you may want to keep in your audition/ rehearsal bag! Preparing your mind is perhaps the hardest. Auditions are a draining process and can be very difficult, especially if you give your all and still do not make it. Over time and audition experiences you will learn how to deal with this, but it is always a good idea to avoid growing too attached to the show/play/whatever you are auditioning for. It is also important to prepare your mind for the actual audition, practicing remaining calm as best as possible, and ensuring you can still perform to your best under pressure. The last thing to prepare is for the day itself. Ensure you have transport to and from the audition, you have timings worked out and you have everything you need. You should have any sheets/ scripts you may need, sheet music or a backing track (depending what has been asked for; if unspecified, have both prepared), appropriate clothing and footwear (including dance attire if required), lots of water and a snack – it could be a long day! 2 – Focus This applies to your preparation as well as the audition itself. Be focused on your piece(s) whilst preparing, so that they become like second nature by the audition. Focus on the audition day is incredibly important, you mustn’t let other people distract you no matter what. The time you are3 waiting to go in for your audition should be spent warming up, recapping lines and going through blocking and/or choreography. My best tip is to have headphones with you and listen to music to help you focus and get into the zone, without distraction from other people. Personally, I like to listen to music and even have a pre-auditions playlist, however some of my friends prefer ambient or classical music, or even perfect silence before an audition. I would encourage you to find what works best for you and use it to help you focus, so that you can maintain that focus and perform to your best in the audition. 3 – Have Confidence in Your Ability I will be the first to admit that I’m guilty of looking around an audition room to size up the competition and compare myself to them. This is something that stresses me right before an audition, and something you should definitely avoid doing. Every performer has different strengths and abilities, and you need to have confidence in your ability – you wouldn’t be there if you weren’t good enough! So many people, especially teens, fall victim to self-doubt, which ultimately affects their performance and prevents them from showing all of their talent. Remind yourself why you’re there and just how good you really are, and then bring all of that talent to the panel. If you believe in yourself and your ability, they will too, and your talent will shine through! 4 – Be Yourself Although you should be bringing a character to each element of your audition, when talking to the panel just be you! They want to see you and your passion for theatre, not a façade of what you think they want. They are people just like you and they don’t want you to fail or be uncomfortable, so let them get to know you. Some of my most successful auditions have been those where I let my guard down and bought 100% me to the panel when not performing. This is especially important for things like youth theatre, community theatre or school theatre, as these are companies where you are likely to spend a lot of time together and really get to know one another, if you’re honest and open from the start you will find it much easier and have so much more fun! 5 – This Is Not the End Rejection is a horrible feeling, and no matter how many times we experience it, it doesn’t get any easier. No one wants to be rejected, but it is inevitable that not every opportunity can be given to us. This does not reflect upon your talent or ability, and many times an unsuccessful audition is to do with many other factors including the casting for another character or the suitability of a character. You mustn’t let a knock-back throw you off – everyone who has ever worked in theatre will have experienced it! It is not the end of the world, no matter how awful it may seem in that moment, and one day something better will come along. If you’re struggling after an unsuccessful audition, talk to someone who will understand, and try to find a new project to take your mind off it. Eventually it will get better and you’ll understand why it wasn’t meant to be. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article, I hope you find it useful. Please remember this is not an exhaustive list of audition tips, but it should hopefully help. Break a leg!
May 14, 2019
Fear the Walking Dead season 5 featurette takes you to the set has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Fear the Walking Dead season 5, taking you on a tour of the set of the all-new season of the series. Check out the featuertte in the player below and catch the premiere on Sunday, June 2! The group’s mission is clear: locate survivors and help make what’s left of the world a slightly better place. With dogged determination, Morgan Jones (James) leads the group with a philosophy rooted in benevolence, community, and hope. Each character believes that helping others will allow them to make up for the wrongs of their pasts. But trust won’t be easily earned. Their mission of helping others will be put to the ultimate test when our group finds themselves in unchartered territory, one which will force them to face not just their pasts but also their fears. It is only through facing those fears that the group will discover an entirely new way to live, one that will leave them forever changed. The series stars Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay García, Maggie Grace, Garret Dillahunt, Austin Amelio, Ruben Blades, and Jenna Elfman, Alexa Nisenson, and Austin Amelio as Dwight. is executive produced by , showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, as well as , David Alpert, Gale Ann Hurd and Greg Nicotero, and produced by AMC Studios. The post appeared first on .
May 14, 2019
was started by the , who are in their 70th year, in 2001. Combating issues such as stress, relationships, loneliness, altruism, sleep, alcohol and friendship with this years theme being body image. Here at we put some feelers out to some of our friends who responded with such bravery and pride. Working in this industry we call 'show business' is tough at the best of times, is our chance to educate people and help us understand one another. Our mission as people who are in and adore this industry is to support and help everyone in it. To promote we have been joined by a few of our friends who have written some wonderful guest posts for us. The more we speak about this, the better. We'd like to introduce you to Gregory Hazel, a London based performer who has recently performed as Vivienne De Vil in the of . He has very kindly shared his story with us. ________________________________________________This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and have asked me to share my story, as someone in the industry who has both suffered from mental health problems, but also benefited massively from the support that is available. While I am by no means an expert when it comes to mental health (the good, the bad and the ugly), my battles have left me with a wealth of experiences, and I make a conscious effort to be open and share my story, in the hope that it will show others that they are not alone, and that help is available to them.As a child, I was always sensitive, and I’m no different now. World events play on my mind, the diatribes of Hopkins, Morgan and Trump upset me, and I could win awards for my ability to over analyse every single conversation I’ve ever had with anyone who has walked the Earth. Anxiety was something that entered my life during secondary school, and although I can’t remember any particular triggers, it’s possible that general ‘stress’ was to blame. Despite being a generally healthy young man, I’d be struck down by a mysterious plague once a year without fail. This would usually result in a visit from the paramedics and 24hrs in hospital, leaving doctors baffled when test results came back showing absolutely nothing wrong with me. “It’s seems like you’ve been under a lot of stress recently” was a phrase I grew to loathe.Let me clarify – I cope very well with stress at work. I actually perform better when the stakes are high but the problem has always been personal stress; fractured relationships, confrontation, arguments. It has taken me years, but I am now at a point where I can confront my problems head on.By the time I got to drama school, there was no denying that I was living with full-blown anxiety. Panic attacks were my new normal, and it never occurred to me that living without them was possible. I was also diagnosed with depression, but wasn’t offered any treatment other than medication, which I refused. Flash forward 10 years and things are very different, and there’s a plethora of way to combat mental health problems.Two years ago, I had a breakdown. Game over (or so I thought). However I try to describe it now, it sounds contrived, a cliché. After so many years of ignoring my unhappiness, my body and mind surrendered, and I was completely overwhelmed. I hadn’t cried properly for years, but now the floodgates opened, and every suppressed emotion, abusive relationship (I could write a book about partners I allowed to treat me like dirt because I had no feeling of self-worth), and regret burst forth, and I had no choice but to let them.I’d considered therapy a few times over the years, but had never gone through with it because I knew it meant actually admitting there was a problem. Finally, I was ready. Sink or swim. I immediately contacted a private therapist and arranged a consultation a few days later. It was clear to us both that there was a lot of work to do, but luckily I found it very easy to talk to my therapist, and although she gave me a list of options and alternative organisations I could seek help from, I chose to continue working with her. As well as the immediate and obvious reasons for my anxiety and unhappiness, she asked about my sleep, concentration, energy levels (“I’m just a naturally tired person”), and my yearly hospital visits. It was profound moment when she said to me “you’re not tired, Greg, you’re depressed, and you have been for a very long time”. I opened my mouth, and without realizing it said, “I know”.So what next? First things first – I arranged to see my GP to discuss a course of antidepressants. I mentioned earlier that I’d refused meds when I was younger, but this time I was desperate, and willing to try anything that would help my recovery.My GP was wonderful throughout my treatment, and restored my faith in the NHS. Before I could start my antidepressants, it was vital that I understood the gravitas of the situation – you take them for months even after you are feeling better, and coming off them has to be done very slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms. My GP also went through the possible side effects (and there are lots), and both she and my therapist talked at length about which ones should be tolerated (loss of appetite, for example), and which should not (night terrors). It was really important to keep the dialogue going, so I was seeing my GP fortnightly, and also having telephone appointments, too. Plus, I was booked in with my therapist twice or three times a week, to get to the root of the problem. Antidepressants deal with the chemical imbalance in the brain, which then makes it easier to work through the issues. Where does my anxiety stem from? What’s started my lack of self-esteem? These questions took weeks to answer, and just using medication wasn’t enough; I needed the talking therapy, too. For me, the two went hand in hand.It takes a while to acclimatise to the medication, and sometimes a stronger or weaker dose is required. My dose was upped after a couple of months because the GP could see I wasn’t feeling the benefit, and for a while things were much better. Later, however, I started experiencing side effects that were dangerous, like agoraphobia and night terrors. Again, my therapist and GP came to my rescue, but that did mean switching to different medication altogether, therefore starting the process all over again.I always felt worse first thing in the morning, so my therapist gave me a few exercises that helped beyond measure. The first one was to get out of the house as soon as possible in the morning. Wake up, pull on the nearest clothes I could find, and go out. Sometimes I walked around the block for 10 minutes, other days I was out for two hours. This meant that I was getting out of the house before the anxiety had time to kick in., and generally made the rest of the day much easier. Some days were harder than others, but I found it incredibly beneficial.It was clear that I also needed a hobby, because I was going to be off work for a while. The novelty of watching Netflix wore off very quickly, but it also wasn’t stimulating enough and I was struggling to concentrate, which often led to a downwards spiral. Instead, I spent hours playing video games, baking and building Lego. Each model or cake took a couple of hours, and meant I had to follow set instructions, something I’ve always found therapeutic, so this was also very helpful for me.Now that I was off work and had plenty of time on my hands, I signed up to BorrowMyDoggy.com, a website which pairs dog owners with dog lovers who can’t commit to having one full-time. Premium membership, which enables you to contact other users, only costs £12 for a whole year. Within 24 hours I’d met a lovely neighbour and her gorgeous Miniature Dachshund, and we agreed that I’d dog sit one day a week. This was also great therapy. It’s something that is in its infancy in this country, but emotional support animals have been a big part of treatment for mental health problems in the United States for years. The unconditional love from Steve the sausage dog, and the purpose he gave me (walks, play and general attention) helped me immeasurably.I was very lucky that throughout my recovery, my employers were incredibly supportive. I was off work for three months in total, with a sick note from my GP for a few weeks at a time. I’d email my boss once a week with an update on my progress, and they responded time and time again with messages of support and reassurance. At one stage, I even received an email from my boss, explaining that she’d told her superiors about my situation, and that they were willing to offer financial assistance towards my therapy. Needless to say, I was completely overwhelmed. I had no idea this help was available, and it just shows how much things have changed in recent times, and that people are taking mental health more seriously. I was also offered a phased return; reduced hours to ease myself back in. It’s very easy to run before you can walk, and I did that at least once, returning briefly before being signed off again. Having the relationship I do with my employers, and keeping the dialogue open made things so much easier.Like a lot of my colleagues in the industry, I used performance as a coping mechanism. It never really helped me deal with any of my problems, but it was a pretty good distraction. It’s no surprise that I was unable to sing a note during my depression, nor that auditioning or performing was far from my top priority, but as I came out the other side of it, my voice changed, and my performances became more genuine. Suddenly, I was singing with a voice I’d been dreaming of for years, but had been trapped behind anxieties and stress. I now have a far better understanding of the physical and emotion connections to the voice, and when my voice falters, I know that there’s something playing on my mind, which forces me to take better care of myself.It would be foolish of me to think that I will never struggle with my mental health again; it’s something that takes work every day. The difference now is that I’m armed with methods to combat those issues, and take better care of myself on a daily basis. I’ve recently started running, using the NHS ‘Couch to 5K’ app, which builds you up from running for 60 seconds intervals, to a 5K or 30 minutes, three times a week. I’ve always hated exercise, but I’m really feeling the benefit, and definitely have more energy. I’m also a big comfort eater, so I have to keep an eye on that. A truckload of chocolate and biscuits doesn’t do me any favours, so if I’ve had a few treats, I know that a really good meal with plenty of vegetables and protein will get me back on the right track. I’m also about to start a course of group therapy via the NHS, to help keep my anxiety at bay long-term. I had no idea, but there are so many different therapies available, and you can self-refer. Performers – don’t panic if you aren’t registered with a GP in London, it made no difference to me!As I said before, I’m no expert, but I am proof that things get better. I never believed that my situation would change, that I’d be able have healthy relationships, and live without paralysing fear. Now, I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, the years of depression and the breakdown, because it has shaped who I am today. Attitudes are changing, and everyone I turned to for help (my GP, 111, out-of-hours GP, my therapist, IAPT staff, friends, family, colleagues) were incredibly supportive. Nobody told me to ‘man up’ or ‘get a grip’. I hope that in sharing my story, it will reassure others that you’re not alone, help is available, and things do get better.
May 14, 2019
Bob Iger teases a potential third live-action Star Wars series Despite the end nearing for the primary saga of the long-running sci-fi film franchise Star Wars, Disney CEO Bob Iger not only announced today that the next three Star Wars films are the in-development projects from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, but that there may also be a third live-action TV series extension of the franchise in the works. Speaking at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit, Iger discussed the future of the franchise and how the studio is planning on filling the gaps between the final primary installment The Rise of Skywalker and the first installment of the next trilogy, which is slated for a December 2022 release. “..In the interim, we are producing two Star Wars live-action series for Disney+, one of them is called The Mandalorian, which is being supervised by Jon Favreau, and the other one is a bit of a prequel to Rogue One. And my guess is there will probably be at least one more live-action series that we produce for Disney+ (meaning a Star Wars series), before we release the next film.” The franchise thus far has only seen three TV series extensions of the lore, all of which however have been animated, and the studio is currently working on two live-action small screen spin-offs. The first is The Mandalorian focusing on the lone titular gunfighter, which is set to premiere on the upcoming streaming service Disney+ on November 12. The second series currently in the works for Disney+ is an untitled project focusing on Rogue One character Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), described as an espionage thriller, from The Americans writer Stephen Schiff, which is set to begin production sometime later this year. Iger’s comments don’t necessarily confirm the development of a third series, but given the franchise’s popularity and potential for multiple story expansions, the mammoth studio’s inclinations to potentially produce a third iteration definitely creates hope for more adventures in a galaxy far, far away. The post appeared first on .
May 14, 2019
Go behind the scenes of Netflix’s Tales of the City in new featurette Netflix has a behind-the-scenes featurette for their upcoming miniseries adaptation Tales of The City, highlighting the latest installment’s rich and diverse story which centers around the newest generation of modern San Francisco. Featuring interviews from showrunner Lauren Morelli, and executive producer Alan Poul, you can check out the video below. Inspired by the books by Armistead Maupin, this next chapter — — follows Mary Ann (Laura Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian, twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane. The cast includes Academy Award nominee and Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Laura Linney and Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Olympia Dukakis reprising their roles as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal. Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and SAG Award nominee Ellen Page joins the cast as Shawna. Barbara Garrick returns as DeDe Halycon Day. Series regulars also include Paul Gross (Due South, Alias Grace) reprising his role as Brian Hawkins, ex-husband of Mary Ann Singleton (played by Laura Linney) and father of Shawna Hawkins (played by Ellen Page); Murray Bartlett (Looking) playing the lovable Michael “Mouse” Tolliver, a longtime resident at Barbary Lane and Mary Ann’s best friend; Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) playing Mouse’s boyfriend Ben Marshall; newcomers Josiah Victoria Garcia playing the role of Jake Rodriguez, a newer resident on Barbary Lane who is a transgender man and a caregiver for Anna Madrigal (played by Olympia Dukakis) and May Hong (High Maintenance) as Jake’s long-term girlfriend Margot Park. The series spotlights LGBTQ people both in front of and behind the camera. Showrunner / Executive Producer and writer Lauren Morelli (Co-Executive Producer and writer Orange Is the New Black) and Producing Director and Executive Producer Alan Poul (Tales of the City, Six Feet Under, The Newsroom), who are both part of the LGBTQ community, assembled an entirely queer writing team comprised of Andy Parker, Patricia Resnick, Marcus Gardley, Jen Silverman, Hansol Jung and Thomas Page McBee to create the authentic and multigenerational LGBTQ characters and stories. Talented directors who are also part of the LGBTQ community including Silas Howard, Sydney Freeland, Stacie Passon and Kyle Alvarez bring the vibrant, warm and colorful world of Barbary Lane to life. Transgender people involved in the production include: Josiah Victoria Garcia (Jake) a non-binary trans actor who uses they/them pronouns; Jen Richards (young Anna Madrigal) a trans woman who starred in and was a writer and producer on the Emmy-nominated web series Her Story, about dating as a trans woman; Daniela Vega (Ysela) a trans woman and the lead of the Academy Award-winning film A Fantastic Woman; writer Thomas Page McBee; and directors Silas Howard and Sydney Freeland. Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City is a Working Title Television and NBCUniversal International studios production for Netflix. Armistead Maupin and Laura Linney executive produce along with Morelli and Poul. Additionally, Working Title’s Andrew Stearn, Liza Chasin, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner also executive produce. Michael Cunningham, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, serves as a consulting producer. Poul served as Producer on the original Tales of the City, and Executive Producer on More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City, which earned a Peabody Award and multiple Emmy Award nominations. The 10-part original limited series will debut June 7. The post appeared first on .
May 14, 2019
Supergirl season 4 finale photos: The Quest For Peace has released the promo images for the season 4 finale titled “The Quest for Peace,” featuring a Luthor family reunion while the girl of steel takes on the combined forces of her enemies. The final episode is scheduled to air on May 19. Check out the full photos in the gallery below! The episode is directed by Jesse Warn from a story by Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller and a teleplay by Rob Wright & Derek Simon. Its official synopsis reads: “LEX LUTHOR RETURNS – Lex Luthor (guest star Jon Cryer) descends upon Washington, DC and summons Lena (Katie McGrath) and Lillian Luthor (guest star Brenda Strong) to the White House. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) realizes she has one last chance to stop Lex and turns to the power of the press to help her.” Supergirl stars (Glee) as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Alex Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow ‘Winn’ Schott, Katie McGrath (Merlin) as Lena Luthor, Jess Rath as Brainiac 5, and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onnz. New to the cast for the fourth season is Sam Witwer as Agent Liberty, Rhona Mitra as Mercy Graves, and Bruce Boxleitner as Vice President Baker. Based on the characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. Supergirl is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. New episodes of Supergirl premiere Sunday at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free next day only on The CW App! The post appeared first on .
May 14, 2019
Freeform rewrites history with the Motherland: Fort Salem trailer has released the first full-length trailer for which pits a group of battle-ready witches as they do battle with the forces of evil on behalf of the United States government. You can check it out in the player below! Motherland: Fort Salem is set in an alternate version of America where witches have agreed to fight for the United States in exchange for an end to their persecution. The series follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into terrifying and thrilling early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped with women on the front lines to fight looming and terrorist threats that are strikingly familiar to our world, but with supernatural tactics and weapons. The series stars (Deadly Class) as Raelle, a recruit with major authority issues; (The Kissing Booth) as Tally, who joins the fight despite her mother’s passionate disapproval; (Playground) as Scylla, a suspicious recruit who is not what she appears to be, and (The Quad) as Anacostia, a tough but wryly humorous drill sergeant. Motherland: Fort Salem was created and written by Eliot Laurence (Claws) who will serve as showrunner. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Kevin Messick serve as executive producers for Gary Sanchez Productions. Maria Maggenti and Steven Adelson — who directed the pilot — will also executive produce with Freeform Studios and Gary Sanchez Productions producing. The post appeared first on .
May 14, 2019
Fox releases trailers for all 8 new fall and midseason series In getting ready for its big fall TV season, has released eight trailers of its new slate of shows. Some will premiere in the fall, and some are midseason replacements. You can check out all eight of them in the post below! First up, there’s the Western crime procedural Deputy, which stars (True Detective) as Deputy Bill Hollister. The series was created by Will Beall and David Ayer.
May 14, 2019
Legends of Tomorrow season 4 finale promo: Hey, World! has the first promo for the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 4 finale titled “Hey, World!” featuring the team’s efforts in stopping Neron from accomplishing his evil plans of unleashing hell onto earth. The final episode is set to air on May 20. Check out the video below! April Mullen directed episode sixteen that was co-written by Phil Klemmer and Keto Shimizu. Its official synopsis reads: “SEASON FINALE – While on a mission to find Ray (Brandon Routh), Constantine (Matt Ryan) and Nora (Courtney Ford) discover Neron’s evil plan. Nate (Nick Zano) convinces the Legends to think outside the box and suggests a dangerous plan to unite magical creatures and people to save the world. “ stars Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/The ATOM, as Sara Lance/White Canary, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Nick Zano as Dr. Nate Heywood/Steel, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Vixen, Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe, with Courtney Ford as Nora Darhk, and Matt Ryan as John Constantien. The new season will also include Ramona Young as Alaska Yu, Courtney Ford as Nora Darhk, Matt Ryan as John Constantine and Tom Wilson as Hank Heywood. Based on the characters from DC, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer and Sarah Schechter. The post appeared first on .
May 14, 2019
May 14 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s May 14 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! As you can see, we’ve added a video player at the top highlighting this week’s releases, and you can find more detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon! New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD She thought she solved her murder by reliving her death, but Tree Gelbman becomes caught in a deadlier time loop when a new killer targets her friends Former wrestler Ricky and his wife Julia make a living performing with their children Saraya and Zak. When brother and sister get the chance to audition for WWE, they learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible. A snowplow driver seeks revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son. After a vicious outlaw (John Cusack) takes over a peaceful frontier town, an undertaker (Emile Hirsch) must choose between profits and survival in this gritty western. Batavia City is a metropolitan jewel … but one increasingly tarnished in the face of rising crime. Amidst the chaotic onslaught of robbery and violence, Srimaya, a waitress at a café, dreams of a glamorous life as an actress. A chance meeting with a film director and his assistant leads to a life-changing series of events for Srimaya, as they take her on a thrilling adventure that finds the waitress-turned-actress transforming into the person Batavia City needs and deserves most: the consummate kick-ass superhero! In 1994, a production team in Eastern Pennsylvania brought together a group of local pro wrestlers and young actors to make a horror-action film. A quarter of a century later, the movie was finally finished: After accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, a professional wrestler takes a job at a group home for youth offenders. But when a psychopath wearing a wrestling mask begins butchering the teenage residents, their rehabilitation will become a no-holds-barred battle for survival. (exclusive clip)In this futuristic thriller, Sophie (Addison Timlin) and James (Drew Van Acker) purchase a lifelike robot to cook and clean at their sprawling new home. At first, android Henry is quiet and hard-working, but as his artificial-intelligence programming kicks in, he starts to anticipate the couple’s needs and desires, ones they themselves cannot fully understand. (exclusive clip)Based on an incredible true story, this searing crime-thriller stars Dane Cook as Charlie, a desperate father who steals a million-dollar painting from Anton (Udo Kier), a shady art dealer. Book Club Filled with striking imagery and fascinating behind-the-scenes details, this book examines the creation of Disney’s latest addition to their lineup of live-action adaptations of classic animated favorites. This deluxe book features an in-depth look at never-before-seen concept art, unit photography, and other gorgeous visual details. The groundbreaking show produced by MGM Television and based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel has drawn rave reviews and attention worldwide. Now, this comprehensive book details the process of bringing the story to the small screen with forty-five exclusive cast and crew interviews, backstage and set photography, concept art, costume design, and more. A defining horror soundtrack volume that spotlights iconic franchises such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Jaws, The Exorcist, and George A. Romero’s Dead films, highlighting both the music and the amazing, often rare artwork that graces the record sleeves. It also tells the stories behind the soundtrack, from the mouths of the musicians who made them, including John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi, Christopher Young, Harry Manfredini, Charles Bernstein, Pino Donaggio, John Harrison, and more. Criterion Corner When shy, emotionally fragile Catherine Sloper (Olivia de Havilland, in a heartbreaking, Oscar-winning turn), the daughter of a wealthy New York doctor, begins to receive calls from the handsome spendthrift Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), she becomes possessed by the promise of romance. Are his smoldering professions of love sincere, as she believes they are? Or is Catherine’s calculating father (Ralph Richardson) correct in judging Morris a venal fortune seeker? Reissues This limited-edition set comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase and includes a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio is a Blu-ray of the film paired with hours of special features, and the film’s soundtrack made available on CD for the first time in North America. Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi, the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Overworked true crime magazine editor George Stroud (Ray Milland) has been planning a vacation for months. However, when his boss, the tyrannical media tycoon Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton), insists he skips his holiday, Stroud resigns in disgust before embarking on an impromptu drunken night out with his boss’s mistress, Pauline York (Rita Johnson). When Janoth kills Pauline in a fit of rage, Stroud finds himself to have been the wrong man, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Playfully exploring the outer reaches of cult film fandom, this is both an ingenious twist on the audio commentary and a satire of the wisecrack track (featuring the voice of MST3K regular Patton Oswalt). Using as it foundation a low-budget sex hygiene picture from 1938, we listen in as Jimmy Morris (Oswalt), of the popular “Film Dick” podcast, hosts an irreverent conversation with the filmmaker’s grandson, the eerily emotionless Chester Holloway (Rob Zabrecky) while the film streams behind them. Legendary filmmaker Hal Ashby makes his directing debut with this acclaimed social satire starring Beau Bridges as a wealthy young man who leaves his family’s estate in Long Island to pursue love and happiness in a Brooklyn ghetto. Gene Wilder and Zero Mostrel push their shared genius for physical slapstick, manic wit, and sly satire to a level of fearless absurdity that virtually no other comedy team would dare approach. Director Tom O’Horgan transforms Eugene Ionesco’s Theater of the Absurd curio Rhinoceros into a fluid, character-rich screen comedy. Katharine Hepburn and Academy Award-winner Paul Scofield lead a cast of stage and screen luminaries in this acclaimed adaptation of the heart-wrenching drama by Edward Albee and directed by Tony Richardson. After being released from prison, Jesse Page (Mark Dacascos) backs his old friend Larry (Jaimz Woolvett) up on a drug deal gone sour. With the drug dealers hot on his trail, Jesse has three days to reach Detroit where a new, clean, legitimate life awaits him. A family moves to a small town in California, where they plan on starting a new life while running a long-abandoned funeral home. The locals fear the place, which is suspected to be on haunted ground. (DVD)Moses, a man of wisdom and strength raised his staff and crushed an empire. This is his story The story of the Exodus or flight of the Hebrews from Egypt to escape persecution is told in a perspective which highlights Moses’ efforts to persuade first the stubborn Pharoah Merneptah, who was his adopted cousin, to release to release the Hebrew slaves he was using to build his empire. New on Digital HD The Professor (exclusive clip) (in theaters and VOD May 17)A college professor lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. (The film premiered exclusively on DirecTV Cinema on April 18 A Violent Separation (exclusive clip) (in theaters and VOD May 17)Two brothers struggle with a terrible truth behind a tragedy that aims to tear three generations of a family apart. TV on Blu-ray and DVD (DVD)In Season 5 James “Ghost” St. Patrick in a dangerous alliance with his former brother-in-arms Tommy Egan and mortal enemy Kanan. Ghost is blind to new enemies and must remain vigilant toward those wanting to take him down. The post appeared first on .
May 14, 2019
Ginny KangAbout a year ago, pop sensation Ariana Grande sang Carpool Karaoke with Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane where she explained her heavy musical theatre background, after which she and her duet partner had sung “The Song That Goes Like This” from Spamalot. If you know pop culture, you know Ariana Grande and that she’s a belter; she has the range and she proves it. That was why it came as a shock to me when I heard her sing in this beautiful operatic voice, because this whole time, I had boxed her in as this pop singer who always belted because she was a diva. As someone who is not a fan of her music, I will admit that, in another world where she chose a path to sing opera instead, I would be an Arianator. Unfortunately for me, she chose the pop angle—which is perfectly fine, since that was the vocal sound she wanted to build for herself— but because of this decision, she has a huge fanbase now and makes millions. As a singer, I was never aware there was any controversy over how flexible a person’s singing voice should be, and maybe there actually isn’t. I just assumed people wanted to try out different things in their respective careers, because they wanted to evolve. I grew up singing choir as a soprano, always got the descants seeing as how I was one of the few kids who could reach the E6, and afterwards, started singing more belty songs since I was bitten by the Broadway bug. Because of my upbringing, it strikes me as odd that there are still people who would actively advise other singers to stay in their own lane. Trying to understand their way of thinking, I am literally Googling reasons why it is best to stick to one genre of music and all my results are irrelevant, and if they do have some connection, it’s in support of the variety in a person’s vocal training. Here is a handful of professional singers with mixed musical coaching—vocalists whom I’ve grown to respect and adore because of their ability to switch voices: 1. Kristin Chenoweth 2. Marin Mazzie 3. Audra McDonald 4. Brian Stokes Mitchell 5. Megan Hilty 6. Aaron Tveit 7. Sierra Boggess 8. Nick Jonas (not sure if he was “trained” to sing like the Jonas Brother he was before they broke up, but his Broadway voice seems much classier than his initial “rock star” voice) 9. Charlotte Church (transitioned from classical to pop) 10. LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!!! Being able to provide vocals in more than one genre—especially in musical theatre—is not a sin; it’s an asset, because it strengthens the vocalist and hones their skills. Learning how to sing in another style teaches versatility. If you still don’t believe me, look at Robin Williams for a moment: he was known for his comedy, but his knack for drama was just as impactful in his performance as an actor. To that same respect, if Ariana Grande had stuck to whatever potential she could have had in an opera career, she wouldn’t be the superstar we all know today. Moral to the story: how can you expect to grow as an artist if you are not willing to deviate from the plan just a little bit?
May 13, 2019