Our popular after show discussions, free to ticket holders, give audiences a chance to chat to the performers. This year the hosts will be:
Diana Damian – Lecturer, Performance Arts, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama Olivier de Sagazan & Les Antliaclastes
Lyn Gardner – Theatre critic, writer and lecturer Stan’s Cafe
Martin Hargeaves – Director of Undergraduate Programmes, London Contemporary Dance School Thick & Tight
Simon Hart – Artistic Director and CEO Puppet Animation Scotland Plexus Polaire
Donald Hutera – Freelance journalist and curator Peeping Tom
Helen Lannaghan – Co-director, London International Mime Festival Gecko & Thomas Monckton
James Pidgeon – Director, Shoreditch Town Hall Theatre Re
Guillaume Pigé – Founder/director/performer Theatre Ré Theatre de l’Entrouvert & Focus/Chaliwaté
Kate White – Chief Executive Officer National Centre for Circus Arts Barely Methodical Troupe
Thomas Wilson – Writer and Rose Bruford College, Acting & Performance Course Co-ordinator Gandini Juggling
Sarah Wright – Puppeteer and founder of The Curious School of Puppetry Green Ginger
Thu 10 Jan Olivier de Sagazan
Fri 11 Jan Barely Methodical Troupe
Sat 12 Jan Green Ginger following 3pm perf
Sat 12 Jan Theatre Re
Thu 17 Jan Les Antliaclastes
Thu 17 – Sun 20 Jan Xavier Bobés discussion part of all perfs
Fri 18 Jan Thick & Tight
Tue 22 Jan Focus & Chaliwaté
Thu 24 Jan Théâtre de l’Entrouvert
Fri 25 Jan Gecko
Sat 26 Jan Thomas Monckton / Circo Aereo following 3pm perf
Sat 26 Jan Plexus Polaire following 8pm perf
Thu 31 Jan Gandini Juggling with Alexander Whitley
Fri 1 Feb Peeping Tom
Sat 2 Feb Stan’s Cafe following 2.30pm perf
About the hosts:
Diana Damian lectures in Performance Arts at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a writer and cultural commentator, and taught at several other universities in the UK, Norway, Portugal, and at NYU Tisch School of Arts. She has worked The Live Art Development Agency, Spill Festival of Performance, LIMF and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Lyn Gardner is Associate Editor of The Stage, writes for Stagedoor, teaches on the MA in Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins, and is the published author of a series of children’s novels. She was a founding member of City Limits magazine and contributed to The Independent before becoming a theatre critic for The Guardian for 23 years until 2018.
Martin Hargreaves is Director of Undergraduate Programmes at London Contemporary Dance School. He is a dramaturg, writer and performer, has lectured in Fine Art and Performative Practice and from 2003 to 2013 was editor of Dance Theatre Journal. His primary academic interests are in the recent history of contemporary dance, queer performance arts, and camp misunderstandings.
Simon Hart is Artistic Director and CEO of Puppet Animation Scotland. Trained as a classical singer at RCM and actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he had a successful career in rep, opera, and on TV before turning to arts management. He is the artistic director and chief executive of two annual festivals in Edinburgh, Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival and Puppet Animation Festival.
Donald Hutera is a freelance journalist and curator, writing and speaking about dance, theatre, live performance and the arts in the US and UK since 1977. Publications and websites include The Times, Dance Europe and londondance.com. He co-authored The Dance Handbook and edited The Rough Guide to Choreography. Curating and producing include GOlive Dance and Performance Festival.
Helen Lannaghan is co-director of London International Mime Festival. She joined LIMF in 1986, combining it with other arts management and producing roles including for LIFT, and LOCOG on the London 2012 Festival. She was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic and Honorary Fellow by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Helen & festival co-director Joseph Seelig were awarded the 2017 Peter Brook Special Achievement Award.
James Pidgeon is Director & Chief Executive of London events and cultural space, Shoreditch Town Hall. Previously he worked at BAC, Shakespeare’s Globe and on the National Theatre’s Watch This Space Festival and Platforms programme. He regularly lectures on producing and arts management, and is a trustee of Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Guillaume Pigé is a performer, director and teacher. In 2009 he founded mime and physical theatre company, Theatre Ré. He teaches at RADA and at Fourth Monkey and gives workshops in the UK and abroad. He is an Associate Artist at The Point Eastleigh and South Hill Park Arts Centre and a Supported Artist at The Greenwich Theatre.
Kate White is Chief Executive of the National Centre for Circus Arts. She was previously Director of Marketing and Communications, then Deputy Chief Executive when NCCA was known as Circus Space. Since its relaunch in 2014 NCCA has gained government support together with that of the sector, to formalise its leadership role in positioning circus alongside other art forms as an important part of the UK’s cultural offer.
Thomas Wilson is a writer and Module Co-ordinator BA (Hons) European Theatre Arts. Originally trained in equestrian gymnastics he competed at national and European level in the 1990s. He then pursued his interest in performance, in particular work at the intersection of dance and theatre. Publications include Total Theatre magazine, writing predominantly on contemporary circus and dance. He recently published a history of Gandini Juggling, Juggling Trajectories.
Sarah Wright is a puppeteer and director of puppetry. She is Associate Artist with Kneehigh and Little Angel Theatre and her performing and directing credits include with Matthew Bourne, Young Vic, RSC, Improbable and Faulty Optic/Invisible Thread. She recently founded The Curious School of Puppetry, an annual intensive training programme for people with an interest in operating and producing work with puppets.