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- We are running WestRun London 10km - - On 04 October 2015 a group of Lyric Staff will... - View entry
- 5 minutes with...The Human Zoo Company - - We caught up with Human Zoo Theatre Company a... - View entry
- 5 Minutes with...Monotone Man actor Nick Gilbert - - We caught up with Monotone Man actor Nick... - View entry
- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JESSICA HEPBURN TO LEAVE THE LYRIC HAMMERSMITH - - Today it is officially announced that Jessica... - View entry
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JESSICA HEPBURN TO LEAVE THE LYRIC HAMMERSMITHPosted by Lyric Hammersmith, 16 June 2015
Today it is officially announced that Jessica Hepburn, the Lyric Hammersmith’s Executive Director of nearly ten years, will be leaving the organisation later this year after taking on one final challenge – swimming the English Channel to raise money for the theatre’s work for disadvantaged children and young people.
Jessica who first joined the organisation as Head of Development fourteen years ago was appointed as Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive in January 2006. Her notable achievements have included leading the theatre’s recent £20m capital redevelopment from inception to completion. During her tenure at the theatre she has also been Vice Chair of the London Theatre Consortium and served for six years as a Board Member for UK Theatre.
Jessica Hepburnsaid ‘I am very grateful to the Lyric’s Board for giving me the opportunity to run the theatre when I was relatively young and inexperienced. I hope that over the last decade I have returned their belief in me. In many ways it is a very difficult decision to leave because the Lyric is at such an exciting moment in its history but I believe that Chief Executives of our major cultural buildings shouldn’t stay too long and it’s the right time to find someone new to lead the next phase of the Lyric’s life. I am immensely proud of what I have achieved, especially leading our capital project to a triumphant conclusion, and I leave knowing that my love for the theatre will always be within these walls.’
For the next couple of years Jessica Hepburn intends to focus on her burgeoning writing career having already written an Amazon-bestselling book which was published last year.
But before that she will be taking on one final challenge for the Lyric attempting to swim the English Channel in August to raise money for the theatre’s work with disadvantaged children and young people. A special event will be held at the theatre on 29 June to launch the fundraising campaign.
Kevin McGrath, Chair of the Lyric said ‘Jessica has been an exceptional Executive Director of the Lyric and has been instrumental in building the theatre’s artistic and financial success. She leaves a legacy in the capital redevelopment that has transformed Hammersmith and will be enjoyed by the West London community for decades. It is a remarkable achievement.’
Recruitment for the new Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive with Sean Holmes who intends to remain as the Lyric’s Artistic Director will commence within the next few weeks.
5 Minutes with...Monotone Man actor Nick GilbertPosted by Lyric Hammersmith, 12 June 2015
We caught up with Monotone Man actor Nick Gilbert ahead of his Theatre in the Square performance next week.
What’s your name and what role do you play?
My name is Nick Gilbert, I am an associate artist of The Human Zoo and I will be playing Monotone Man.
Where do you call home?
Well I live in Caterham in Surrey so I suppose there, but I’m open to change.
What inspired you to get into performing?
I always loved performing and going to the theatre whilst growing up. Then someone told me I should consider pursuing it. It wasn’t until getting involved with The Human Zoo that I felt it was actually possible.
Why do you think outdoor theatre is important?
Outdoor theatre opens it up to audiences that otherwise may not have chosen to see any theatre. It also encourages theatre makers to think more creatively about the space we use and our audience, which I think are two things often taken for granted.
What’s your favourite thing about performing in Monotone Man?
The hideous amount of face paint we have to wear out in the sun. No, but seriously, I love clowning and movement and this piece is full of it. It just makes it much more intriguing, inventive and entertaining for the audience and the performers.
What advice would you give to the people of Hammersmith to avoid becoming like Monotone Man?
Get rid of distractions. Put down the phone, the newspaper, turn off the TV or iPlayer, take your headphones out, get off Facebook and Twitter and YouTube. Try it. Just for ten minutes. Whether you are sitting on the train or on the sofa at home, or you are walking from the office to the bus stop, you are eating a sandwich or sitting on the toilet that is the most important thing in the world because it is happening right now. Everything else can wait. Just be here. Now.
Monotone Man will be run Tuesday 16 June at 12.15pm & 1.30pm and Wednesday 17 June at 12.15pm, 1.30pm & 4.30pm as part of Theatre in the Square 2015
5 minutes with...The Human Zoo CompanyPosted by Lyric Hammersmith, 10 June 2015
We caught up with Human Zoo Theatre Company a week before their Theatre in the Square performance Monotone Man.
Tell us a bit about Human Zoo Theatre Company.
We are a group of young artists working in and around London, with a focus on creating ensemble-based work with strong visual elements.
We use a lot of improvisation and movement in our rehearsal process and like playing around with different forms such as puppetry, poetry and live music. Also, we are starting to explore circus performance as one of our team is training in aerial work.
So what is Monotone Man all about?
Monotone Man is about a world not dissimilar to our own, where everybody walks about with their head buried in their phone or their paper, with their mind somewhere miles away and not really acknowledging anybody else at all.
In this monotonous landscape the inhabitants start to discover colour through small acts of reaching out to others. We want to show this in a very visual way with colour literally spreading and emerging through the costumes and set.
Monotone Man is our central character, and the most set in his ways – the most resistant to interaction. It’s going to be a struggle but we will bring him round somehow, most likely with an explosion of colour to boot.
What are the challenges for you as a company of putting on a show for an outdoor audience?
Beyond a doubt the biggest challenge with an outdoor audience is that they are free flowing. They can come and go as they please and move around pretty much anywhere in the space, which means not only do we have to grab their attention and hold it at a time when watching a piece of theatre was probably not on their to-do list, but also we have to make sure that they are in the right place to see it and we are in the best position to show it. Members of the public could be coming up and watching from any angle and we have to be very aware of that.
What are you looking forward to most about performing at Theatre in the Square?
No two shows are going to be the same. That is equally terrifying and a real gift as a performer. It means we will have to be really on our toes and ready for anything – particularly with the moments that involve the audience – but that also makes it really thrilling.
Who and why should people come to see Monotone Man?
Everyone should come and see it! It really is for anyone of any age, culture or creed. It’s exciting and bold but also has a very relevant point to make.
We feel that giving people the chance to see how we often act in public places at an extreme and a chance to experience the change might help persuade them to put down their phone or paper and be open to the world, the moment and the people around us.
Monotone Man will be run Tuesday 16 June at 12.15pm & 1.30pm and Wednesday 17 June at 12.15pm, 1.30pm & 4.30pm.
We are running WestRun London 10kmPosted by Lyric Hammersmith, 9 June 2015
On 04 October 2015 a group of Lyric Staff will be running WestRun London 10km. Set in our beautiful streets of West London, this flat 10k run takes a picturesque route around the Lyric's borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on fully closed roads.
The Lyric Run Team will be running to raise funds for Lyric Hammersmith. Donate to the Lyric Run Team here.
Why not join in the fun? We'd love to see you there joining our runners or cheering them along. For more information about WestRun London or to sign up click here.
Lyric Run Team:
Simon Davis - Head of Visitor Services
Matt Dillon - Assistant Visitor Services Manager
Hollie Evans - Producer
Tom Gladstone - Marketing Manager
Lyndel Harrison - Director of Development
Pete Holland - Producer
Nicholai La Barrie - Director of Young People and Emerging Artists
Rowan Mead - Visitor Services Manager
Anju Odedra - Head of Finance
Siobhan Sharp - Marketing and Press Officer
Adella Tucker - Administration Officer
Connie Woodall - Administration Officer
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