David Balcombe

David is a graduate of Manchester University's Drama Department and has enjoyed a career in theatre administration and production, television and the voluntary sector. As General Secretary of the National Youth Theatre he worked alongside its inspirational Founder and Director Michael Croft, until Michael's sudden death in 1986. David moved into television and spent seven years in production at ITN. After redundancy and various positions in the voluntary sector, David returned to the theatre and spent the best part of 10 years as Chief Executive of Chickenshed Theatre Company. As well as his passion for the performing arts, David greatly enjoys most sports and, having taken the plunge, is currently trying to forge his own career as a writer.
Dying For It at the Bridewell Theatre

Semyon is cold, jobless and hopeless. His life means nothing, so he will end it. But no sooner has he determined on this action than his meaningless life becomes the meaningful death that many interested parties crave. Suitor after suitor visits, begging him to turn his suicide into a martyrdom for their cause. Never was suicide so full of opportunity - and potentially so funny. At The Bridewell Theatre.

Sunday 4th August 2013 Read more...
Bottom's up! A lunch-time Midsummer Night's Dream at St James Theatre

Butterfly Theatre Company presents A Midsummer Night's Dream in just under an hour - a breakneck romp through Shakespeare's court and country comedy. Don't expect an in-depth interpretation of a timeless classic; but do expect a frolicking distraction from your daily routine. An entertaining way to enjoy your lunchtime salad and an escape from the heat, hustle and bustle of Victoria. At St James Theatre.

Tuesday 23rd July 2013 Read more...
No short-changing: The Damsel in Shining Armour at Mimetic 2013

Damsel Sophie was in residence at the Dugdale Centre with a story of melodrama and self-discovery – told through finger puppetry and the selected works of Celine Dion. An enticing cocktail if ever there was one, and a very entertaining one at that. At Mimetic 2013.

Monday 22nd July 2013 Read more...
Full board: The American Plan at St. James Theatre

Lili and her mother Eva are in the Catskill Mountains for the summer. Nick appears from the hotel across the lake and courts Lili. Once they are engaged, Eva's overpowering maternal instincts go into overdrive. Add a murky figure from Nick's past into the mix and the youngsters' relationship is doomed. This is a richly written play brought to life by some tremendous performances in a near perfect production. At St. James Theatre.

Thursday 11th July 2013 Read more...
Meet their match: The Matchgirls at Wilton's Music Hall

In 1888 the women who worked at the Bryant and May factory in the East End of London were subject to the most appalling working conditions. The strike action by the eponymous matchgirls became a landmark in industrial relations, an early beacon in the dim and grim history of women’s rights in the workplace, and the subject of this 1960s musical. At Wilton's Music Hall.

Monday 8th July 2013 Read more...
Miss Marple investigates: Murder, Marple and Me at the Ambassadors Theatre

Murder, Marple and Me charts the relationship between Margaret Rutherford and Agatha Christie when the former is cast to play the latter's ageing spinster sleuth, Jane Marple. It follows the development of their association from early, guarded exchanges (bordering on contempt) to a more healthy mutual regard (bordering on friendship, but never so intimate). At the Ambassadors Theatre.

Wednesday 12th June 2013 Read more...
A Tribute: Don't Wake Me at the Cockpit Theatre

Following an appalling, mishandled, traumatic delivery, Nihal is born with cerebral palsy and many other complications. This is his story, told by his mother, in a monumental tour-de-force of a one-woman show performed with incredible energy, sensitivity and skill by Jaye Griffiths. At the Cockpit Theatre.

Friday 7th June 2013 Read more...
Defined by the single frame: Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre

Joe Schofield is the photo-journalist who took the iconic photograph of the man with the carrier bags confronting tanks in Tianenman Square in 1989. As he covers the 2012 US Presidential election he receives a tip-off as to the identity of "Tank Man" and he sets out to track him down. This is his story and it's a thrilling triumph for Headlong and the Almeida Theatre. 

Monday 3rd June 2013 Read more...
A series of uncomfortable truths: Disgraced at the Bush Theatre

Amir and Emily are the perfect young couple, living the American Dream. He’s a hugely successful corporate lawyer, on the brink of the most significant development in his career. She is an artist, on the verge of recognition in a major exhibition. They enjoy the good life in their New York Upper East Side apartment and the future is theirs. What could possibly go wrong? Well, everything, really. At the Bush Theatre.

Saturday 1st June 2013 Read more...
A rare opportunity: A Taste of Catalan Contemporary Theatre at the Arcola Theatre

The Arcola brings us a little touch of Catalan in the Tent. It's an evening of two halves - the first straightforwardly dark, the second darkly humorous. Stick with it: the second half is more rewarding, and worth the wait.

Monday 20th May 2013 Read more...
Unapologetically Big and Bold: Public Enemy at the Young Vic

Dr Stockmann has discovered that the public spa – the pride and joy and economic hub of his community – is riddled with poison. He expects gratitude and praise for revealing this inconvenient truth. Instead he becomes Public Enemy, as individual greed and personal self-interest overrule any sense of community and the common good. At the Young Vic.

Wednesday 15th May 2013 Read more...
Genuine: All I've Known At Chickenshed Theatre

Harry reappears in his Mother's garden seventeen years after disappearing from home. They have a lot of catching up to do. And in telling their story, Chickenshed has a lot to tell us about the fostering and adoption systems.

Thursday 9th May 2013 Read more...
Examining disability: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the Rose Theatre Kingston

Peter Nichols' hugely autobiographical 1967 play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is firmly rooted in its time. But it still packs a punch and makes us question our own attitudes towards disability, even in the supposedly enlightened 21st century. At the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Friday 3rd May 2013 Read more...
Ensemble playing at its best: The Taming of The Shrew at the Rose Theatre Kingston

Edward Hall's Propeller Theatre Company has landed in Kingston upon Thames with their all male double bill of Twelfth Night and The Taming of The Shrew. While the former is playing out its complicated tales of mistaken identity and duped egos, its less sophisticated sibling is a riot of colour and irreverence. At the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Sunday 28th April 2013 Read more...
Beep, beep: My Robot Heart at the Battersea Arts Centre

Confused by a failed relationship and intrigued by Japanese scientists' efforts to programme a robot to love, Molly Naylor embarks on her own attempt to define love by creating three interweaving characters and one wedding. There's music, wardrobe snobbery, a dead dog and a tour-de-force performance from Naylor herself. At the Battersea Arts Centre

Thursday 28th March 2013 Read more...
A Riot of Activity that Somehow Falls Flat: The Nose at the the Little Angel FIRSTS Festival

Carnival of Objects uses puppetry, animation and music to give a faithful adaptation of Gogol's satirical short story The Nose - man loses nose, man seeks nose, man finds nose. It's a riot of activity that somehow manages to achieve a result that is less than the sum total of its parts. At the Little Angel Theatre.

Wednesday 20th March 2013 Read more...
The hype is justified: Mies Julie at Riverside Studios

Many productions come into London burdened with the success that they have achieved elsewhere, and can therefore be forgiven for being a comparative disappointment. Not so Mies Julie. This production justifies every syllable of its hype, with interest. It grips, turns, grips again and finally explodes, spitting you out onto the streets of Hammersmith as exhausted as if you had lived the performance yourself. At Riverside Studios.

Wednesday 13th March 2013 Read more...
A "Play for Today" Written Over 30 Years Ago: Sus at the Lion Unicorn Theatre

Delroy assumes he is in custody on Sus – the law that allowed police to detain suspects on suspicion of undisclosed crimes. What he doesn't know is that his wife and their unborn child are dead – and that he is in fact the prime suspect. An evening of interrogation, verbal and physical violence ensues until the uncomfortable truth emerges.

Saturday 9th March 2013 Read more...
An Even Greater Resonance Today: The Voysey Inheritance at Bridewell Theatre

There can't have been a time in the century since its first performance when The Voysey Inheritance wasn't relevant. But today, with Madof serving 150 years for fraud, and Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and plain old Mr Fred Goodwin all bywords for incompetence and greed, this tale of trickery has even greater resonance. At at Bridewell Theatre.

Thursday 7th March 2013 Read more...
Achingly topical: The Pinstripe Trilogy at Theatre Delicatessen

This trilogy of short plays has been created by the Lab Collective. The topicality of "Matador" and "The Bean Counter" is achieved by directly involving members of the audience; "Trust Fund" is more knowingly satirical and less participatory. Reversing the order would give the evening a far bigger punch. As it is, having had plenty of bangs earlier, the evening ends with something of a whimper. At Theatre Delicatessen.

Sunday 10th February 2013 Read more...
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