Minefield

This poster makes Minefield look like an awkward school trip when actually it’s a fucking great explosion that could be the start of a new era of documentary theatre. * The bit with the yelling and the smoke and the…

Portraits in Motion

Jóhann Jóhannsson – Forces Of Attraction Portraits in Motion is a theatrical version of Humans of New York. Volker Gerling goes on long walks in Germany and gets by via the kindness of strangers. He photographs these people he meets…

“Scare yourself as safely as you can”: NSDF 2016

Lessons I learnt from NSDF: Calamity is a shared experience. Chris Thorpe should run international peace relation talks. What CMS means. The password to the NSDF taxi account. Cock jokes never get old. Last week I had the privilege of…

Pink Mist

Note: I know next to nothing about the army. I get the technical details in this from my plus one. ‘We didn’t know it but we were already history. And history’s what we’ve become. Not the kind that’s recorded or sung,…

I wanna hold your hand

A collection of thoughts about the refugee crisis, theatre and Valentine’s Day. Yesterday it was announced that half of the Calais migrant and refugee camp, known as the ‘jungle’, was to be knocked down. Last week the French authorities started…

2015

In 1972 my grandma started keeping a visitors book but lost it in 1983. In the years that followed so many people who stayed with her, chatted, laughed and knowing grandma, probably danced in that house, will have been forgotten. If…

Men In The Cities (ish)

Our washing machine sounds like it’s having a heart attack. It’s rumbling around so violently it has actually managed to dislocate itself from the wall and twist to the side, like it’s running away. *** Two years ago at the…

And Then Come The Nightjars

The language of loss is sprayed over us like disinfectant in Bea Robert’s play And Then Come The Nightjars. It’s about loss of love, loss of land, loss of livestock, loss of dignity, loss of every little thing that makes…

Every Brilliant Thing

I have rarely felt so full of love walking out of a theatre. I want to go and make a playlist of all the songs. I want to tell everyone I love that I love them. I want to go…

Duncan Macmillan- Every Brilliant Thing (with extra thoughts on Denise Gough, ice …

I wrote this preview for Every Brilliant Thing for one of my University magazines, Intermission. Unfortunately Duncan Macmillan is too interesting for 800 words so here’s the original article with some added extras. After several failed attempts at Skype where…

Jane Eyre (Preview)

Dear Charlotte Bronte, I would like to apologise for saying Jane Eyre was: Boring Dull Wimpy And: Nothing happens for ages Do people who label things ‘classics’ actually read them? I wouldn’t want to be her friend Please accept my…