The Scottish Sun: Meet the Massons

Forbes Masson, with his wife Melanie, and children Rua and Ramsay. Photo David Jensen

Forbes Masson, with his wife Melanie, and children Rua and Ramsay. Photo David Jensen

Forbes Masson, a ‘droll delight as the kvetching shopowner Mr Mushnik” (The Arts Desk), on his showbiz family, and how fun it is to be working in the West End at the same time as his son Ramsay, “Ramsay is one of the lead parts as the youngest child John and he’s loving it. It’s so nice as we head off to the West End together. I take him to the Young Vic then I go off to Regent’s Park Theatre.”

Read the full interview here.

Costumes, Camp and Colour: Designing Little Shop of Horrors

Marc Antolin and Jemima Rooper as Seymour and Audrey, and Company. Photo Johan Persson

Little Shop of Horrors set and costume designer, Tom Scutt, returns following his Open Air Theatre debut with Jesus Christ Superstar. It was his designs for Superstar, “tricked out with glitter dust and an industrial-looking set” that “contributed to the heard-edged feel of the whole”. “Its rusty cruciform walkway, sets the tone for an evening that may not be subtle but genuinely pulsates with emotion” (The Guardian). During its run at the Lyric Opera of Chicago earlier this year, The Chicago Sun Times confirmed that his “smoke-coloured costumes give the piece a timeless feel, as does his towering, sleek, steel-and-scaffolding set”.

On tackling Little Shop of Horrors, Tom got to thinking about the original 1960’s black and white film by Roger Corman “which had a completely subversive, anarchic quality”.  The musical version by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken has been around for 36 years “and it has slipped into musical theatre history.

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Q&A: Maria Aberg

Blog Maria Aberg

The Stage newspaper recently caught up with Little Shop director Maria Aberg, and quick-fired some Q&As about her career and influences.

What was your first non-theatre job?
Working for my dad’s business, which made shop fittings for stores such as H&M. My sister, my brother and I used to spend the summer welding bits of Perspex together in the factory. It was cool.

What was your first professional theatre job?
Literary assistant at the Royal Court.

What’s your next job?
A big project for the Royal Shakespeare Company that will culminate in 2020. I’m not allowed to talk about it yet because it hasn’t been announced.

What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
Dominic Cooke came in to talk to the directors on the course at the National Theatre, and he said: “Don’t worry about the career,

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Little Shop Trailer

In case you don’t know what you’re missing…then this is what you’re missing!

“This production is like you’ve never seen it before” The Times

“A joyous, sweetly subversive romp in a magical horticultural setting” The Sunday Times

 “It’ll be hard to find a production of this classic musical that will ever delight and amaze as much as this one” A Younger Theatre

“Riotously fun…a surefire contender for bags of awards come the end of the year” CityAm

 “What Bob Flowerdew would make of it is anyone’s guess” Daily Express

 

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