An entertaining and educative follow on Twitter, Teddy Lamb’s apologetically queer presence is further establishing itself theatrically as they look to take Edinburgh by storm this summer.
Where were you 10 years ago?
10 years ago I was working Front Of House at the Playhouse Theatre, watching Dreamboats and Petticoats 8 times a week. it was…. um, it was.
Best show you’ve seen in the last 10 years?
Its a tie between Gatz by Elevator Repair Service and And The Rest Of Me Floats by Outbox Theatre
What has been your professional highlight of the last 10 years?
I hope its just about to happen! My play Since U Been Gone has just been commissioned by The Queer House & High Tide
Top flavour of interval ice-cream?
Obviously Honey & Ginger. There is no other option
What show do you wish theatres would give a rest for a few years?
Hamlet. Bore off. We get it, you’re sad/mad.
Name someone who you think is a really underappreciated talent (in the world of theatre)?
Again I’m cheating and having a tie. Everyone in the industry knows the work Jules Haworth and the team at Soho Theatre Writers Labs do to uncover and develop new writing talent is incredible but outside of the industry, no-one would know the effort and support they all put in. Also, the work that The Queer House do to support trans & queer artists is invaluable and unavailable anywhere else in the country. I certainly wouldn’t be where i am now if it wasn’t for both of these organisations.
Elphaba or Glinda?
OK this is getting old now but once again its a tie, but a very specific tie: Megan Hilty as Glinda and Shoshana Bean as Elphaba.
What is one thing that you think would help theatre survive and/or thrive the next ten years?
DIVERSITY! Let artists from all walks of life tell their own stories and share their talents with the world. We’re slowly starting to see this happen, but we need more commercial support for marginalized voices.
Which is your favourite theatre?
The Dream Factory. its the home of Playbox Theatre in Warwick, and its where i first fell in love with theatre as a child, and where i go if i ever need to be reminded of how important theatre is. The work they do with young people is always of such a high quality and the kids from it go on to do amazing things in all walks of life, from lawyers and architects to YouTubers or Game of Thrones stars!
Can you say anything about what’s to come for you, (in the next ten years or otherwise)?
In the short term, my show Since U Been Gone is in Edinburgh all summer , and after that… who knows! I’m looking to write and direct more so if anyone has a job, @ me!