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Thursday, 9 April 2020

The Corona Diaries: Alex Lodge


These recent times have been some of the hardest challenges we've faced and as a community, its hit us pretty hard. However during these difficult times, here at Pocket Size Theatre, we wanted to spread a little positivity and share some peoples experiences because we are all in this together. Each day we'll be speaking to our friends in the industry to share their experiences with you all so take a read and see how people are getting through these hard times.


Lets stick together, share the love and get through this as a community!

Alex Lodge is currently playing Ledoux in the touring production of Bat Out of Hell and was also most recently playing Jon in tick, tick…BOOM! at the Bridge House Theatre which earned him an Offie Nomination for Best Male Performance in a Musical. His other credits include understudy and played Elder Price in The Book Of Mormon (Prince of Wales); Jay Osmond in The Osmonds Musical (The Other Palace); Frederick Fleet in Titanic (Princess of Wales, Toronto); Bobby C in Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour); Sam in Romance Romance (Above The Stag Theatre); Straight Dave in Closer to Heaven (Union Theatre); Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (Landor Theatre); Jess in See Rock City and Other Destinations (Union Theatre) and Herschel in Rags (Lyric theatre). 

On Monday 16th March 2020, The Society of London Theatre announced the closure of all Theatres in London. This followed suit with regional venues. Where were you when you found out and what was your initial reaction? 

On Bat Out of Hell, we actually found out the Friday before (coincidentally, it was Friday the 13th). Our first venue of the tour was due to be out in Atlantic City, NJ in the USA. We were in rehearsals. We were doing an evening session that day, so would have been working through until 9pm. We broke for dinner at 6pm and found out then that the Governor of New Jersey had closed all public performance spaces, which meant our first venue had to be postponed. Then, the following day on the Saturday, the President announced the travel ban on flights from the UK to the US, so we knew then we definitely weren’t going to be able to fly over the following week, as per the production schedule.

We were gutted, obviously. We’d worked our butts off to put the show together in 2 weeks before flying out to start tech. But I think a lot of us knew it was coming. As days went by and we watched as the global situation developed, it became more a matter of “when it happens” rather than “if it happens”. And as disappointing as it was to know we weren’t going, I would much rather have found out here in the UK, rather than have flown out to the US only to have the theatres & borders closed, and then face the stress and struggle of trying to get everyone home safely. Our general managers and producers were really fantastic about the situation, which has been a massive positive in a time of such uncertainty.
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The Corona Diaries: Sarah Naudi



These recent times have been some of the hardest challenges we've faced and as a community, its hit us pretty hard. However during these difficult times, here at Pocket Size Theatre, we wanted to spread a little positivity and share some peoples experiences because we are all in this together. Each day we'll be speaking to our friends in the industry to share their experiences with you all so take a read and see how people are getting through these hard times.

Lets stick together, share the love and get through this as a community!

Sarah Naudi most recently appeared in Evita at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park. Her other credits include Carla & Vanessa in In the Heights (King’s Cross Theatre/Southwark Playhouse); Spring Awakening (St James Cavalier Theatre, Malta) and Warheads (Bernie Grant Arts Centre). Sarah is also a screenwriter and producer. 

On Monday 16th March 2020, The Society of London Theatre announced the closure of all Theatres in London. This followed suit with regional venues. Where were you when you found out? 

I was at one of my best friend’s houses, Courtney-Mae Briggs and she had just done her press night for Back to the Future up in Manchester the week before.

Can you tell us anything productive you’ve been doing? 

I’ve been using the time to fix my script. I’m writing my first feature film and I have so many notes on it to fix. You’d think with all this free time it’s helpful but I’m actually finding myself very distracted and far away from the state I was in when I originally started writing it. I’ve discovered MASTERCLASS online which I highly recommend as there’s so many topics on there you can learn. I’m currently doing the screenwriting one.

Whenever you log onto social media there is so much negativity circulating. How have you been trying to keep a positive mental attitude during these times? 

I think the social media I’ve been seeing on twitter and Instagram is just loads of theatre and film performers using their time well and doing online classes which I highly recommend. Also a couple of comedy stunts too which always brightens up my day.
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Wednesday, 8 April 2020

15 Production Shots that describe the struggles of a Lockdown



With all this spare time we now have we have decided to bring back our most popular article to date but this time, with a twist. So here it is: 15 Production Shots that describe the struggles of being in a Lockdown! (P.S. before you all come for me, I know this isn't an official lockdown. Its just catchier than Quarantine. Ok thanks.) Enjoy! 

View Part 1 and Part 2 of the Production Pictures articles!


When your partner tries to make you go to the supermarket for supplies but you're too scared. 

Alistair Brammer and Laura Pick in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre 
When the supermarket is out of bread. AGAIN. 

Jon Robyns in Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre
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The Corona Diaries: Savannah Stevenson



These recent times have been some of the hardest challenges we've faced and as a community, its hit us pretty hard. However during these difficult times, here at Pocket Size Theatre, we wanted to spread a little positivity and share some peoples experiences because we are all in this together. Each day we'll be speaking to our friends in the industry to share their experiences with you all so take a read and see how people are getting through these hard times.

Lets stick together, share the love and get through this as a community! 

Savannah Stevenson is probably best know from her time playing Glinda in the hit musical WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Her other credits include Theresa in Sense (The Other Palace); Guinevere in Camelot (London Palladium); Sybil Evers in Chariots of Fire (Gielgud & Hampstead Theatre); Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory); Martha in The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Cinderella in Simply Cinderella (Leicester Curve); Understudy Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (New London Theatre); Young Sally in Follies (Northampton Royal Theatre) and Understudy Mary Poppins & Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre). 

On Monday 16th March 2020, The Society of London Theatre announced the closure of all Theatres in London. This followed suit with regional venues. Where were you when you found out and what was your initial reaction? 

I was at home when I found out. To be honest, I was waiting for the announcement as it felt inevitable as the government started to stop gatherings. It felt truly sad. I was due to join a production in just a couple of weeks and all of a sudden that wasn’t happening any more. Really sad creatively and scary to have your livelihood taken away for an unknown time.  

Can you tell us anything productive you’ve been doing? 

I’ve just had a baby so actually for me the positive of all of this is family time. Lots of it. My husband and I have both been able to really enjoy our little one at home, so really that has taken up all our time. I suppose my new skill is learning to be a new mother! 

We also did do our first Insta Live, I would never normally do that kind of thing but we wanted to reach out to others, connect, offer a song and a few laughs. It was actually really good fun and our baby managed to not cry for an hour! We might do it again!
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The Corona Diaries: Jacob Yarlett



These recent times have been some of the hardest challenges we've faced and as a community, its hit us pretty hard. However during these difficult times, here at Pocket Size Theatre, we wanted to spread a little positivity and share some peoples experiences because we are all in this together. Each day we'll be speaking to our friends in the industry to share their experiences with you all so take a read and see how people are getting through these hard times.

Lets stick together, share the love and get through this as a community!

Jacob Yarlett is currently is The Book of Mormon in the UK & International touring production. He is making his professional debut standbying for the role of Elder Cunningham after graduating from the London College of Music. He also made his West End debut in the show, saving the day as an emeercany cover for the London Production! 

On Monday 16th March 2020, The Society of London Theatre announced the closure of all Theatres in London. This followed suit with regional venues. Where were you when you found out and what was your initial reaction? 

We were at the Birmingham Hippodrome and we’d just had the call to stage for the company warm up before the show and then all of sudden everyone was there. All the cast, crew etc. and the news was broke to us that all theatres were closing for the foreseeable. So we said our goodbyes and packed our dressing rooms up. I don’t think it quite sunk in at the time ( I still don’t think it has now) as I just kept nervously laughing whilst packing my things away. Everyone was in shock as we didn’t really know what was happening because something like this has never happened before on this scale in the industry.

Can you tell us anything productive you’ve been doing? 

I’ve listened to Patti LuPone’s audio book (several times), done two workouts and ate absolutely everything. I’ll be honest, I’m really bad at keeping myself productive unless I’ve made plans to go out which is quite difficult to do at the moment. So please send some tips my way. However, I did pick up my very dusty guitar the other day having not played it for quite sometime so I’m definitely going to crack on teaching myself again.
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