[A follow up to this, based off three months in Burkina Faso. Happy Pride] Xxxiv. Taboo When I feel comfortable enough with him, I say I find attitudes towards homosexuality here difficult. We talk it through, from afar. I say what is legal – and normal – in Britain. He says that in neighbouring Cote […]
Photograph: Alison Baskerville/Graeae Theatre Company Full review here.
Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian Full review here.
[Three months in Réo, Burkina Faso.] PART I i. Nighttime Take the second left off the main road and bump through the dirt track. Follow it down until you almost hit the slab of stone in the middle. Look up and you’ll see there are few lights around: a red one […]
TW/CW Sexual assault [how could we use technology to prevent sexual assault, a brainstorm with my pals on tinder/bumble] *** N: I would say teaching people not to be dicks. Or a small nuke inside guys dicks that girls can flick their fingers to detonate if they’re not down with it. [Would […]
I was honoured to edit National Student Drama Festival’s magazine Noises Off this year. We had a team of 13 and I’m very grateful for each and every one of them. [I will come back to this at some point to detail my favourite articles from the week.] *** My editorials: #1 (on using words […]
Bosnia chokes on its own history. A quarter of a century on from a brutal, bloody war, this heart-shaped country still beats at an unsteady pace. Much of the truth of the past is left unspoken, as regional authorities remain in denial about the violence carried out, the contents of mass graves are dismissed, state-sanctioned memorials for […]
A year and a half ago I sat on my bed googling the definition of rape. A guy I had been casually seeing had left a few minutes earlier. I was confused, upset, disgusted and scared, and I wanted to collapse my body in to the washing machine and rinse myself out. A year and […]
Over Christmas, my grandma knitted baubles to hang on the tree in her communal front garden. As people walked past, they’d look up and notice the woollen snow drops. Kids especially, they’re far better at spotting things than adults. They’d grab a sleeve, point upwards and giggle at the tree’s winter gear. One morning someone […]
Just over 20 years on from its Royal Court debut, Conor McPherson’s haunting drama has been resurrected once more, this time for a co-production by English Touring Theatre and Colchester’s Mercury. In a remote pub in rural Ireland, the locals avoid the solitude of their homes by clinging to each other’s stories, as Adele Thomas’s revival reveals the horror […]
Put together in under a month and rehearsed in three days, The Words Are Coming Now is a rapid response to the #MeToo moment, presenting 10 short plays (all under 10 minutes long) accompanied by post-show discussions. Featuring established and emerging playwrights, the production avoids the stark polarity of debate about consent that it is easy to […]