Steven Berkoff hot news
An article by Steven in The Jewish Chronicle,
8 Sept 2022.
An Evening with Steven Berkoff – They Shall
Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street followed by a discussion with
Threedumb Theatre present two one-man Berkoff plays, Dog and Actor from 4-26 Aug 2022.
"Two hilarious and explosive plays written by Steven Berkoff, performed back-to-back by the same actor. Dog follows a day in the life of a racist football hooligan and his beloved pit bull terrier Roy, who changes his life. Actor is a spoken-word monologue which delves into the heart of the acting industry, humorously and poignantly portraying the trying life of a struggling artist. Without the use of any set or props, Dog / Actor presents a masterclass in physical theatre and comedic storytelling, promising a thrilling theatrical experience".
The venue is Greenside @ Infirmary Street -
Olive Studio in
Edinburgh. For more details click
Steven Berkoff has a supporting role in The Prizefighter, released on Amazon Prime on 22 Jul 2022. Russell Crowe and Matt Hookings take the lead roles.
"In 1800 Jem Belcher became the youngest ever
world boxing champion. Belcher, played by Matt Hookings, dominated his
early fights with his unique skill, speed, and scientific approach and
soon became Champion of England, a natural talent oozing with charm,
style, and grace. After a life-changing accident risked ending his
career forever, he begins a long, grueling road to recovery which
eventually sees him compete in a death-defying standoff – known only as
The Forgotten Fight of the Century – to reclaim his title once and for
all as England’s youngest boxing champion".
Steven on recent events in Ukraine.
As Russian leader Vladimir Putin appears to be playing from the Hitler playbook one cannot be more acutely aware of such ‘gangster’ politics than Bertolt Brecht in his formidable play ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’, 1941, when in the final lines he writes;
It is on facebook here.
Steven has recorded a message ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and he reads a short extract from his poem Requiem for Ground Zero. It is on facebook here.
Brighton is based on Brighton Beach Scumbags but updated to 2005. The actors are Larry Lamb (playing Derek), Phil Davis (Dave). Lesley Sharp (Doreen) and Marion Bailey (Dinah). The director is Stephen Cookson who also directed other Berkoff work- Tell Tale Heart, Heroes and Villains and They Shall Not Pass.
It is released on digital channels (not sure which). Images from the trailer.
You can get Steven to record a personalised message for you. Details are here.
There is now a DVD of a live performance of Berkoff's play Six Actors in Search of a Director, with Berkoff directing but not acting.
Recent work by Berkoff in films and television include the television series The Vikings.
Too late, you missed it
A double bill of one act plays by Steven
Berkoff and Caryl Churchill presented by Potomac Theatre Project. Berkoff's play
is Lunch in its New York premiere directed by Richard Romagnoli. The two actors are Bill Army and Jackie
Steven Berkoff's one-man show They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street in the Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm on 18 May 2022. The show if followed by a Q&A session.
"A performance of Steven's most recent one
man play, They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street, followed by a
Q&A session with Steven hosted by actor and director Rob Clilverd.
For more details click here.”
Greenwich Theatre in London are staging a revival of Berkoff's The Secret Love Life of Ophelia. Helen Mirren will play Gertrude and the roles of Hamlet and Ophelia, told in letters to each other, will be performed by 39 actors each reading a letter, giving each actor the chance to play Hamlet or Ophelia.
I saw the original production (in a theatre) and it is highly recommended.
It is on 31 Jul- 14 Aug 2020 on the Greenwich Theatre's free YouTube site.
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