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Adam Brown in ‘Saxon Court’, Southwark Playhouse – review

saxon courtWe mentioned last week that actor Adam Brown (aka Ori) is currently appearing in the new play Saxon Court, a production by Made by Brick at the Southwark Playhouse in London. Staffer greendragon went along to see the show in preview, and brings us this review:

Southwark Playhouse, just a few minutes’ walk from the Elephant and Castle tube station, is a fascinating place with a characterful, cosy lobby/bar, and two studio theatre performance spaces, known as ‘The Large’ and ‘The Little’. Emerging playwright Daniel Andersen’s Saxon Court is being presented in The Little. The production, directed by Melanie Spencer, makes skilful use of the intimate space, turning the black box into a workplace, with simply an area on the walls stage right and stage left painted grey to frame the stage. The show tells the tale of a typical London office, on the day of the Christmas party in 2011, at the height of the financial crisis. Things are not going well and someone is likely to get fired – but who will it be?

This is listed as a ’16+’ production, and deservedly so – the folks in this office are as raucous, vulgar and boozy as one might expect on party day! Joey and Nat are the older hands in the office, constantly teasing newcomer Noel; receptionist Tash has recently been off for some ‘surgery’ (and it’s fairly obvious from the moment she enters what her procedure might have been!); they all answer to boss Donna, who is harsh, driven and ruthless.

Adam Brown plays Mervyn (unfairly referred to throughout as ‘Ugly Mervyn’!), an employee from another office who is summoned to meet with Donna. Though Brown has the smallest role to play, his performance is one of the strongest. His Mervyn is funny, gauche, annoying (and, it turns out, as mean as everyone else!); and yet at the moment when he realizes he might be fired, we are given a glimpse of touching poignancy, before the comedy returns.

Actors John Pickard (Joey) and Debra Baker (Donna) also give strong performances. The play is very funny; the almost full house on the night I attended rang with loud and frequent laughter. Andersen clearly knows office worker ‘types’ – I’m pretty sure I’ve temped in this office, with the wine-swigging receptionist dressed up to the nines for the Christmas party. His characters are well-drawn, all hiding – and gradually revealing – insecurities, vulnerabilities and flaws.

My only criticism of the evening was that I was left somehow dissatisfied. We’d spent the past couple of hours watching these people be caustic and despicable; I would have liked to have seen some sense of a journey, of an imminent change or a lesson learned. Furthermore, the play looks at an office in crisis, but fails to give much insight into the wider city (and world) in financial crisis at that time. Instead, the script seems rather superficial; I felt that this office would continue much the same the next day, albeit minus an employee. But perhaps that is part of the point: life goes on, staff and crises come and go, but there will always be offices with snarky workers and drunken, regrettable Christmas parties.

Definitely not a family show – heed the 16+ guideline! But if you fancy a biting, funny antidote to Christmas schmaltz, then Saxon Court is well worth seeing. It runs at Southwark Playhouse until December 13th; click here for showtimes and tickets.

 

Posted in Adam Brown, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

‘Minister of Chance’ second series for 2015

MofCOur good friends over at The Minister of Chance have let us know that the second series of their popular podcast will be available to fans in 2015. Their press release tells us, ‘Radio Static, the company behind the groundbreaking Minister of Chance franchise, have delighted geekdom by announcing the production of a second season of the award-winning podcast series.’

There are also still plans in the works to create a film of the series, which would include actors Jed Brophy and Sylvester McCoy, reprising their roles from the first season; and we’re also told, ‘A Minister of Chance convention is now in the works for autumn 2015 which will also be held in the county [of Cheshire in the North West of England], and this is also expected to bring in a legion of fans to meet the famous names involved.’

Read more at the series’ website, here.

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Radio, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

Pub Moot with TheOneRing.net in London – Nov 30th

Just a week to go until the World Premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in London’s Leicester Square! TheOneRing.net will be there – and don’t forget, we’re holding a pub moot the night before.

We’ll be gathering with fellow fans at Waxy O’Connor’s, near Leicester Square. The good folks at Waxy’s are reserving the ‘Cottage Bar’ as a private space for us – our own cosy hobbit hole complete with fireplace!  We’ll be there from 6pm to closing.

waxy's LondonNo need to buy tickets for this event – just show up on the night! Waxy’s have an excellent menu, so you can buy dinner there – and of course their well-stocked bar will be open. This is a simple event – basically just show up to the pub, buy yourself a pint and chat with fellow fans!

We will have prizes for the best costumes, so you are warmly encouraged to show up in Middle-earth finery!

And you never know who may show up to a TORn party…  Hope to see you there – The Cottage Bar at Waxy O’Connor’s, 14-16 Rupert Street, 6pm, Sunday 30th November.

[Please note: because of pub licensing laws, you must be 18 or over to attend this event. Sorry!]

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Meet Ups, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheOneRing.net Community

Adam Brown appearing on stage in ‘Saxon Court’, London

Adam_BrownOur favourite scribe dwarf Ori, aka actor Adam Brown, is appearing on stage in London! Brown will be in Made by Brick’s production of Saxon Court, which runs at the Southwark Playhouse from November 19th to December 13th.

The theatre’s website describes the play as ‘a razor sharp satire to darken your Christmas’ – and warns that ‘this production contains graphic language and scenes of violence (as any good Christmas party should)!’ It sounds like the perfect comedic antidote to festive glitter – watch a trailer here:

 

 

Tickets are available from the box office – click here to purchase.

Posted in Adam Brown, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

SAVE THE DATE – The One Last Party, February 2015!

one last party logo SAVE THE DATE and get ready to celebrate at The One Last Party – There and Back Again. As we get ready for the release for the final film in the Hobbit Trilogy, we couldn’t let Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies sail into the West without one final, big celebration!

TheOneRing.net is planning to hold a Party of Special Magnificence next February — a final toast to all SIX movies, both The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy.

This will be on Saturday 21st Feb 2015 – the day BEFORE the Oscars – at a venue in Los Angeles, TBA. There will be music, food, drink, entertainment and all kinds of fun! We hope to host a special performance, with cast members appearing on stage to entertain you all!

But here’s the thing… (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, The Hobbit, The One Last Party, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

Pub Moot with TheOneRing.net in London – Nov 30th

Going to the World Premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies? Planning to camp out to secure a good spot at the red carpet? Fancy meeting with some fellow fans beforehand?

TORn can help you with that last one! We’re holding a ‘pub moot’ in London on Sunday 30th November, the night before the World Premiere. We’ll be gathering with fellow fans at Waxy O’Connor’s, near Leicester Square. The good folks at Waxy’s are reserving the ‘Cottage Bar’ as a private space for us – our own cosy hobbit hole complete with fireplace!  We’ll be there from 6pm to closing.

waxy's LondonNo need to buy tickets for this event – just show up on the night! Waxy’s have an excellent menu, so you can buy dinner there – and of course their well-stocked bar will be open. This is a simple event – basically just show up to the pub, buy yourself a pint and chat with fellow fans!

We will have a couple of prizes for the best costumes, so you are warmly encouraged to show up in Middle-earth finery!

And you never know who may show up to a TORn party…  Hope to see you there – The Cottage Bar at Waxy O’Connor’s, 14-16 Rupert Street, 6pm, Sunday 30th November.

[Please note: because of pub licensing laws, you must be 18 or over to attend this event. Sorry!]

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Meet Ups, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheOneRing.net Community

Richard Armitage in The Crucible – cinema screenings

Crucible_shot_10191_FZ_edit_ff_pressReaders will remember that Richard Armitage appeared as John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at the Old Vic theatre this Summer. Many fans were able to make the trip to London to see the show – and TORn staffer greendragon’s review can be read here.

For those who weren’t fortunate enough to see the production live, the good news is that it was filmed and will be shown in cinemas. Currently there are only dates in the UK – December 4th and 7th – but ‘with further worldwide territories to be announced shortly’.  We’ll bring you that updated information as soon as we have it!

Meanwhile, if you’re in the UK, buy your tickets to see a screening of The Crucible here.

Thanks to Ringer kiwifan for the heads up!

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Richard Armitage, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

Help HobbitShop.com choose a shirt design

BotFA shirtsWith the announcement yesterday that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will have its World Premiere in London on December 1st, the final part in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy seems just around the corner! Our friends at the official Hobbit Shop will release an ‘Opening Date’ T-shirt for this third movie, but they want YOU to help decide what the design should be:

Help HobbitShop.com choose this year’s official Opening Date T-Shirt for #TheHobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies! Take this quick survey to select your favorite design: click here.

There are five designs to choose from – one might even call it the Battle of the Five Shirts…  I know which one is my favourite! Which gets your vote?

[click here to take part in the survey]

Posted in Clothing, Clothing, Events, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Premieres, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Peter Jackson’s Battle Plans – SPOILERS!

battle-dwarvesEntertainment Weekly posted this fascinating article, giving some insight into Peter Jackson’s plans for what must surely be the epic battle to end all epic battles. Just how do you stage the fight which is the title of your final movie in Middle-earth?

“There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through,” says Jackson. “We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics.”

The EW article contains a particularly interesting ‘map’, showing the different groups and their positioning in the battle at the gate of Erebor. Exactly what/who those five armies will be in Jackson’s movie has been a subject of speculation – and if you’re avoiding spoilers, now would be a good time to stop reading!

Tolkien wrote, ‘Upon one side were the Goblins and the Wild Wolves, and upon the other were Elves and Men and Dwarves.’ Readers have often wondered, however, why the Eagles don’t count as an army; Douglas A Anderson notes, in The Annotated Hobbit, that ‘in the 1977 Rankin/Bass animated television program of The Hobbit, the Five Armies specifically include the Eagles instead of the Wolves.’

Some TORn staffers have suggested that, having experienced battle in the First World War, when flight was still in its infancy and the idea of an air force was new, Tolkien perhaps didn’t consider battles as taking place in the air. It could, however, be a simple question of semantics: the word ‘army’ actually means ‘the military land forces of a nation’ (according to Collins English Dictionary). The Professor, being a stickler for precise meaning, perhaps dismissed as too clumsy ‘The Battle of Five Armies and Two Air Forces’ (if we include the ‘bat-cloud’) – so his ‘five armies’ would only refer to the land forces involved.

None of this necessarily means anything when it comes to Peter Jackson’s movie! He’s already strayed from Tolkien’s outline of the battle participants; the official synopsis for The Battle of the Five Armies states, ‘Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain’. In the book it is the goblins from the Misty Mountains who instigate the war, gathering forces with their kin at Gundabad, and coming down from the North led by Bolg (Azog, his father, having been slain at the Battle of Azanulbizar) – Sauron isn’t involved at all.

The map in EW’s article shows six different colour-coded groups – goblins and wargs are one colour, with eagles, elves, men and dwarves each having a different colour. This would seem to confirm what we at TORn have speculated in our panel presentations at various conventions – that Jackson’s five armies will in fact be men, dwarves, elves, orcs and eagles, with the wolves/wargs being a part of the orc army. The sixth colour on the diagram is for Beorn and Thorin – perhaps to highlight the key players of the battle (although Bard, though having his own spot on the schematic, does not share this orange colour – and it’s interesting to note that Dain, surely a key player, is not mentioned by name on this map; nor is Azog).

There’s much food for thought in this simple diagram. It appears that Bard leads men attacking from the East (from Dale, whither Lake-town refugees have fled after Smaug’s attack?). Elves come in from the West – presumably direct from Mirkwood. Beorn is coming up from the South, and the Eagles down from the North. There are also numbers on the chart – and Jackson is quoted as saying, ‘We could then start drawing the arrows on the schematics’, suggesting this is just one of several. Perhaps these numbers indicate a sequence of events? Beorn is the highest number on this image – meaning he arrives late in the battle, as in the book?

Lonely-Mountain_990x385Also in the article is a wonderful piece of artwork, showing a mighty battle outside Erebor – if you click on the image (at EW’s site), it links to a bigger version. This picture seems to include cave trolls and other strange, giant creatures – and siege towers? Is this just an artist’s vision of the battle, or does it offer more insight into what we will see on the big screen?

Questions still to be answered include: when/how does Dain arrive from the North? Will Tauriel fight with the dwarves or with her Mirkwood kin? We’ve seen, in the trailer, Legolas in Dale with Bard; will he fight alongside men? The newly released Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition contains dialogue between Thrain and Gandalf, emphasizing an alliance between Smaug and the Necromancer – is it even possible that Smaug’s death will be delayed until the start of the battle, so we see him helping the attacking orcs??

And a final question – is it December yet….?

[Read the Entertainment Weekly article here]

 

Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Tolkien

EXCLUSIVE – Jed Brophy talks to TORn: Part Three

JedAsNoriAt the start of the summer, TORn staffer greendragon had the chance to continue her series ‘Inside the Middle-earth actor’s studio’ – discussing the craft of acting (and other things!) with cast members from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. This time she sat down with an actor who has been involved since the beginning of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth films – the fabulous Jed Brophy. To celebrate the release of TORn’s new book Middle-earth Madness, which features this and other interviews, here’s your chance to read what Brophy had to say.

This is the third and final part of a long interview; you can find Part One here and Part Two here.

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Posted in Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, The Hobbit

New York ComicCon is here!

gandalfNew York ComicCon starts today, and TORn staffers are looking forward to meeting with fellow fans! We’ll be at Booth 3040 today – and every day this weekend! – with shirts, lanyards, posters and magnets for sale, and many fabulous prizes to be won!

We’re also getting ready to party with WETA and others tonight at The East Wing – sorry, we’re sold out, but for those who have purchased tickets, see you there!

And finally, don’t forget our panel on Saturday, 9pm, room 1A21: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - an Unofficial Look!’

Ringers take the Big Apple by storm -we hope to see YOU!

 

Posted in Conventions, Events, NYCC, Other Events

Jed Brophy confirmed to appear in ‘The Minister of Chance’ movie

Last week we let you know that Sylvester McCoy is confirmed to appear as The Witch Prime in the planned movie of The Minister of Chance. It has now been officially confirmed that Jed Brophy will also take part in the film, reprising his role of the mysterious and impish Pilot, who in the audio series ferries Kitty and The Minister across the mythical River Hex. Jed has a message for the fans who know him as Nori:

 

The Minister of Chance is shaping up to be a great movie for Hobbit fans! Find out more about this exciting project here.

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit