Meet the Cast of LIPP

With just two weeks to go we couldn’t resist spilling the beans on the fantastic cast that we have lined up for John Hamilton May’s Love in the Past Participle.

You can find out more about them on our live programme.


Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance:


LIPP tickets on sale!

Hurry! Head over to the Tabard Theatre to grab your tickets to see Love in the Past Participle!

They are only £10, so grab your diary and book online here

We’ll see you at the Tabard Theatre on 3rd-4th April at 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the design of the auditorium, latecomers cannot be admitted


You can find out all the latest here:


Welcome back John Hamilton May

Playwright John Hamilton May is the

winner of the BBC Verb New Voices Award, and was recently shortlisted for BBC
Opening Lines and the Perfect Pitch Award, marking him as One to Watch in the future of new writing. His honest
and powerful work has been performed internationally, inspiring audiences around the country and the world. His play, Love in the Past Participle marks his fourth collaboration with AFOAF.

You can read our interview with him from last year’s Blackfriars Stories project here: 


Love in the Past Participle heads to Tabard Theatre

We’re excited to be teaming up with AFOAF alumni John Hamilton May to bring his award winning play to the Tabard Theatre for its London debut as part of the Playmakers Festival.

Following a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Love in the Past Participle has been handpicked from
almost 200 entries by judges including BAFTA Award Winning Playwright Glenn Chandler, Director Ken McClymont,
The Stage’s Georgia Snow and The Tabard’s General Manager Simon Reilly to feature in the Playmakers Festival as
part of the Tabard Theatre’s 40th anniversary celebrations showcasing the best of new writing.

Watch this space for more details!

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What we’ve been reading

Here’s a round up of what we’ve been reading online this week…


Editor’s Blog: Made in Dagenham and the plight of the British musical

By Theo Bosanquet via What’s On Stage

“Walking through the West End these days, you could be forgiven for thinking it was 1995 rather that 2015, such is the proliferation of ‘golden oldies’. And arguably, when it comes to new work, audiences would rather now get their fix from plays rather than musicals”

[read article]


New work makes up nearly two-thirds of all British theatre productions

By Maev Kennedy via The Guardian

“What we were most struck by in the research is that, despite reasonable fears that the theatre in these straitened times might fall back on ‘safer’ forms of theatre, like reviving the classics, in fact theatremakers and audiences seem to have turned to new work”

[read article]


London’s Ten Best Plays – 6 February 2015

By Stephen Collins via British Theatre

“What Play should you see first in London? We have compiled this list to save you the trouble of working it out! It’s just our view – and everyone has one”

[read article]


Guest Feature: Why a Theatre Festival About Sexual Abuse & Violence?

By Tessa Hart via Female Arts

“People are eager to join in and let their voices be heard, share their feelings and experiences.”

[read article]


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory rewrites script following audience complaint

By Matthew Hemley via The Stage

“West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has rewritten part of its script after a challenge from an audience member.”

[read article]