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Category: Stage Interviews

#TBB10 with National Youth Theatre Alumni Sope Dirisu

The National Youth Theatre, the UK’s leading youth arts organisation recently held auditions across the country this spring. The NYT is the UK’s leading youth arts organisation which aims to provide accessible training and opportunities to develop talented young people as opposed to expensive drama schools, for example, and is proving to be a champion of the next generation of talent. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Craig, Zawe Ashton, Matt Smith and Helen Mirren are just a few names from their famous alumni. We caught up with NYT graduate Sope Dirisu, who you’ll recognise from TV shows Humans (Channel 4, series 1), Undercover (BBC)...

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#TBB10 with Urielle Klein-Mekongo on her new one-woman show ‘Yvette’

Urielle Klein-Mekongo’s debut play is based on her own true story. Yvette delves into the trials of a young Black girl growing up, from Hello Kitty knickers to ‘lightys’ to the terrible secret of her stolen childhood. Using original music, spoken word, and a loop station, this one-woman show presents a story of teenage angst and survival. Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, Yvette opened the Southbank Centre’s WOW Festival in March and is now about to tour nationally, returning to London, and be presented at five leading venues across the city in an innovative new...

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“Dreamgirls” Powerhouse Moya Angela Proves High School Musical Can Be Art Imitating Life

There must be something in the water in the mid-Western State of Indiana, USA. Already famous for producing the Jackson Dynasty, it also produced Indianapolis native Moya Angela, a towering musical talent, with a big heart, a dazzling smile, and an infectious, deep-felt laugh. Her acting has been praised as capturing the emotional nuance needed to fully round out a role in musical theatre, and her vocal accomplishment allows her to switch seamlessly between growl-flecked notes and a whimsical, almost operatic head voice. Currently co-sharing the headline role as Effie White in the West End production of Dreamgirls, we couldn’t pass...

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#TBB10 with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith on his iconic role as Ike Turner in West End’s ‘Tina’

Ghanaian-Brit Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is one of those creatives who impress, whether you are considering their stage, on-camera, voice or socially conscious work. Hailing from an academically achieving family, he has a formidable intellect, which is evident in whatever he does. In securing the pivotal role of infamous singer-arranger Ike Turner in the West End’s latest jukebox-type musical Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Holdbrook-Smith has achieved a bitter-sweet victory which could catapult him to the top of musical theatre’s ‘must-have’ lists. Having concentrated on heavyweight dramatic roles, he has nurtured 3 particularly strong relationships in his stage work – with London’s...

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#TBB10 with former X Factor contestant Karen Mav and Marisha Wallace & Moya Angela who will share the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls LDN

Amber Riley won an Olivier last year for her memorable turn as Effie White has to pass on the baton. Sonia Friedman Productions will replace her with African American actresses Marisha Wallace & Moya Angela and British singer/actress and former X Factor contestant Karen Mav who will all share the iconic role.

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