Mountview Alumni News October 2021

Directed by Emily Aboud, Pink Lemonade opened at the Bush Theatre after a sellout Edinburgh Fringe run in 2019.

Call Me Madam opened at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, with Daniel Breakwell in the role of Kenneth Gibson and Becky Medlock and Rosie Bannister working backstage. (Photograph – Flavia Fraser- Cannon)

Written by Rachel Causer, Please, Feel Free to Share starred fellow alum Róisín Bevan at Theatre 503.

Laura Pitt-Pullford and Imelda Warren-Green performed in the showcase debut of new musical Spitfire. 

Produced by Tanya Agarwal and featuring Lucy Park, Tokyo Rose began it’s run at Southwark Playhouse.

A whole host of Mountview grads hit the stage of Union Theatre with musical parody Mario: A Super Musical! The cast included Sam McCallum, and Kieran E. Sims, with producers Rhian Lynch and David Perkins, musical direction from Laurence Stannard and choreography from Laura Dawn Pyatt.

New theatre company formed by Mountview grads Catapult Theatre London released the final act of their digital concert series The Kids Are Alright.

Yoghurt Is Not Sexy debuted as part of Arcola Theatre’s Today I’m Wiser festival, directed by Anastasia Bunce, written by Jessica Friend, filmed by Alex Powell and with performances from Amy Revelle, Amy Margaretta and Christina McGrath. 

Rufus Hound spoke to Mountview grad Tim Downie about his time training with us in the 90s on BBC Radio 4, reminiscing on Chekhov by candlelight, becoming a vegetarian and wearing a lot of collarless shirts.

It was announced that Beth Hinton Lever and Charlotte Scott will join the cast of A Chorus Line at Curve Leicester, while fellow grads Sophie Wojna and Matthew Gent were cast in the West End revival of Cabaret. 

Performer and producer Lawryn Lacroix was named a winner of the 2021 Prince Fellowship. Lawryn will receive a stipend and a budget for the development of a new theatrical production, access to courses in Columbia’s MFA Theatre Management and Producing Program, and mentorship from producers and industry specialists.

Rebecca Root, Jim Howick and Lois Chimimba all appear in the recently released third series of Netflix hit Sex Education.

Also on the small screen, Kitty Scott Claus hit the main stage of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Robert Rhodes appeared as James Bond in the Changing Faces I Am Not Your Villain campaign film.

Megan Jarvie starred in When Rachel Met Fiona at The Space.

Coming up this month…

Andrew Muir’s new play Rethink opens at Union Theatre on 26 Oct, following six performing arts graduates considering their careers in the wake of lockdown.

Dear Evan Hansen returns to the West End on 26 Oct, with Lucy Anderson and Rebecca McKinnis reprising their roles.

Opening in Bath on 29 October, the new revival of Joe Penhall’s award-winning play Blue/Orange will star Giles Terera. 

Rat King opens at The Hope Theatre on 5 Oct, directed by Dan Phillips and starring fellow alum Melker Nilsson. 

Featuring Andrew Gichigi and Fern Jessop, Borrowed Time returns to The Hen and Chickens 5-9 Oct.

Actor-musician Oliver Aston will perform in Brief Encounter at Watermill Theatre.

Opening 12 Oct, the world premiere of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy features Kaine Lawrence, with marketing and communications behind the show from Sarah Jordan Verghese.

Flushed, written and directed by Catherine Cranfield, produced by Grace Dickson and with lighting design by Anthony Englezou, begins its run at Park Theatre on 12 Oct.

Shahbaaz Khan will perform in Road at Northern Stage, from 8-30 Oct.

While we would love to mention every single alum’s latest work, the news doesn’t always reach us. If you are a Mountview graduate remember to let us know what you’re up to by emailing or tweeting @mountviewldn.