It’s hard to believe that Conor McPherson’s play about four lonely men and one woman in an Irish pub is already seven years old, but Josie Rourke’s production at the wonderful Wyndham’s Theatre (possibly the most old-school English theatre in London) is magnificent and still as intimate as it was at the Donmar. I’m allergic [...]
The irony won’t have been lost on the cast currently appearing at the Young Vic in Waterloo.
Eighty-two years and eight months after they were framed for supposedly raping two women on a Memphis freight train, justice has finally been served for all of the Scottsboro Nine, though none are alive to enjoy the moment.
Alabama’s parole board [...]
Cultural differences are what make visiting other lands so much fun, and although they’re fast smoothing out on the surface (thanks, Starbucks) they still exist beyond cities. But we live in times of the cultural export, when everything must work on a global level. America has successfully exported itself as a brand value – we [...]
Travelling up the escalator at Piccadilly Circus last night I was confronted by those annoying moving ads in which a girl in face paint mimes being an antelope, and marvelled that ‘The Lion King’ was still running, but it got worse when I had to pass ‘Stomp’, ‘Rock Of Ages’ and ‘The Mousetrap’ in quick [...]
‘Remember when we were young and you still had an open mind?’ says a character in a film time has now erased from my atrophied brain. One of the challenges faced by an author is how to maintain an open mind as the passing years insist on proving that one’s instinctive fears were in all [...]
I’ve recently been involved in a new project to ‘redesign’ fairytales by deconstructing them and returning them to something dark and adult.
The resulting book, ‘Feary Tales’, is out later this month, edited by Steven Jones, and contrasts the new stories with the originals. The result, from Neil Gaiman, Joanne Harris, Reggie Oliver, me and others, [...]
‘You dare speak to an officer of the law like that and I’ll scream the place down.’ So says Captain Dennis of SADUSEA, Song And Dance Unit South East Asia, in Nichols’ autobiographical play ‘Privates On Parade’, his best known work. It’s a bravura piece that’s funny, gruesome, tragic and moving. ‘Vaudevilian’ is a good [...]
Wristwatches. Cufflinks. Neckties. Tea-cosies. Newspaper critics.
What do they all have in common?
They’re all still available long after their original need to exist has vanished.
The future is never quite the future. Much of the past clings to it; retinal-display phones exist in the same world as letter-openers. For over 200 years newspapers provided us with essential [...]
An excellent article by the ever-readable Mark Lawson here points out the new crazy-like-a-fox thinking of British theatre prices. As arts funding gets slashed across the nation, theatres have to find new ways of bringing in revenue. One way is to stage something cheap-looking and take sheds of money for it (step forward Punchdrunk and [...]
When you went to the theatre back in the 20th century, the curtains opened and you saw a representation of a drawing room onstage. The son came in from the tennis court, the mother arranged daffodils, and eventually the curtains closed again.
A few nights ago I wandered around an empty printing house in the dark wearing [...]