Pot shots at the likely discussions of backstage crews, the KGB, typical audience behaviour and the incomprehensibility of some contemporary performance styles were interwoven with surprisingly touching treatises on love. My review of Dmitry Krymov's interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream (As You Like It) for the Edinburgh International Festival blog.
I'm delighted to be one of the literary-types from the UK selected to attend the World Event Young Artists showcase in Nottingham in a couple of weeks. Four of my short stories will be exhibited at the Backlit Gallery during the 10-day extravaganza- posters of the openings, with QR codes for you to read the … Continue reading World Event Young Artists 2012
Naked, vulnerable and confined to a wheelchair, the Gulliver figures repeatedly wails ‘I don’t want to be a Yahoo’ before rolling off in clouds of mist. My take on the opening night of Gulliver's Travels, (directed by Silviu Purcărete, performed by the Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu, Romania) for the Edinburgh International Festival blog.
'Pared-down and contemplative, in the second half it is Tatyana who is in control and Onegein who is broken. The tree has gone and in its place are layers of material creating the effect of an industrial smog, intercut by slowly encroaching thick lines of light...' I'm doing some reviewing for the Edinburgh International Festival … Continue reading Tatyana
The House of Curious Engagements series is now finished over on The Peripatetic Studio, but you can still catch The House- a portable public art gallery that has been touring the South East of England - at the Smuggler's Festival in Kent at the end of this month. The House is touring with a circus … Continue reading The House of Curious Engagements Series
Last week the wonderful and eclectic poetry and music night, Trashed Organ, curated the fringe programme for the NCLA Festival of Belonging. As well as a series of workshops, they put on a stonking four night of diverse performances themed around different aspects of 'belonging'. The final night was called 'I Don't Think We've Met … Continue reading Once upon a Tyne
The August/September issue of Mailout Magazine is now available, including a interview with your truly about my most recent project, Write Around the Toon. As Mailout phrase it in the intro: 'Write Around The Toon (WATT) is a self-guided creative writing tour based in Newcastle-Gateshead, which recognises the powerful potential creative writing holds for young … Continue reading Interview with me in Mailout Magazine