★★★★ “Brutally funny account of living with mental illness” | Living With the Lights On reviews

The reviews are coming in thick and fast for Mark Lockyer’s gripping true story of an actor living life on the edge, from his on-stage meltdown as Mercutio at the RSC to his fiery relationships and ultimate recovery.

Check out the reviews below and read what our audiences have been saying so far on Storify.

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Mark Lockyer in Living With the Lights On. Photography by Simon Annand.

★★★★
“Brutally funny account of living with mental illness”
The Guardian | Read the full review

★★★★
“Lockyer has one hell of a story, and he tells it rivetingly well”
The Times | Read the full review

★★★★
“A vivid account of an almighty unravelling”
Evening Standard | Read the full review

★★★★
“Darkly comic solo show…riveting”
Time Out | Read the full review

★★★★
“Lockyer is an engaging and energetic raconteur”
Whatsonstage | Read the full review

★★★★★
“See a great classical actor spill his guts out about life off stage”
The Upcoming | Read the full review

Living With the Lights On is at the Young Vic for a strictly limited run until 23 Dec, so snap up your tickets now.

The Living With the Lights On Safe Space performance, designed especially for people with experience of mental health problems, takes place on 17 Dec at 2.45pm. Find out more about it and book here.

Catch a glimpse of Mark busking on The Cut outside the theatre in our brand new trailer:

 

Blue/Orange | Setting the Tone

Matthew Xia’s revival of Joe Penhall’s “timeless” production of Blue/Orange has been critically acclaimed and received brilliantly by audiences. We spoke to Matthew and Joe about the production and the script to get an insight into how they both approached the text, the themes it explores and what set the tone of Blue/Orange, including some iconic 90s tracks that fill the Young Vic every night.

In our podcast, Off Book, we went in depth with Matthew Xia on his approach to reviving Blue/Orange and talked about his upbringing in London, background as a DJ as well as the biggest influences on his artistic career.  

Blue/Orange features some iconic 90s tracks featuring Oasis, Blur, Destiny’s Child and many more. Enjoy some of the songs that set the scene with our Blue/Orange playlist.

Blue/Orange writer Joe Penhall discusses how he came to write his Olivier-award winning, ‘state of the nation’ classic and looks back on 90s Britain, when the script was written.

Blue/Orange runs at the Young Vic until 2 Jul. Book your tickets online.

Stay Another Song | Taking Part Schools Production

Each year Young Vic Taking Part produces a schools production in response to a theme or topic taken from a show. This May saw Stay Another Song take place in the Maria theatre with director, Elayce Ismail guiding teenagers from St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls and the London Nautical School in a production inspired by If You Kiss Me Kiss Me.

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The cast of Stay Another Song. Photo by Helen Murray.

The cast of 31 used both music and dance to tell stories which came from both the cast and their parents’ answers to the question, ‘What does music mean to you?’.

The cast developed material for the show over four months, exploring their favourite musical memories; how music is a soundtrack to their daily lives; ways in which music informs their identities; and how they relate to their parents through music.

Playing with text, song and dance, the cast created the production through a series of improvisations and devising exercises. The wide variety of songs featured in Stay Another Song reflects the range of their musical tastes and experiences.

Find out more about Taking Part’s work with schools and colleges or follow them on Twitter to keep up with all their latest projects and productions.

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me | FLASHBACK!

With Jane Horrocks on stage on our main house singing her own gritty and soulful versions of the new wave music she grew up with, we’re throwing it back with these blast from the past snaps of our If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me cast and creative team from way back when.

But can you tell your Rat Scabies from your Kipper? Answers are at the bottom of this post!

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Rat Scabies 2 - c. Gavin Watson Michael Walters - USE Jane Horrocks

Kipper Fabienne-Debarre  Joe Hancock  Conor Doyle  Aletta-Collins Lorena-Randi  Andreas-Fuchs

From top, left to right: Bunny Christie, Daniel Hay Gordon, Rat Scabies (Photo by Gavin Watson), Michael Walters, Jane Horrocks, Kipper, Fabienne Debarre, Joe Hancock, Conor Doyle, Aletta Collins, Lorena Randi and Andreas Fuchs.

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me plays at the Young Vic until 16 April. To book or find out more, click here.

Step right up and meet The Scottsboro Boys!

We’re releasing a new song each week leading up to the UK premiere of hit Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys, coming to the Young Vic from 18 October.  Listen to ‘Hey, Hey, Hey!’ now and get your tickets to this remarkable show at youngvic.org.  Check back next week for a new song!

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