Monday, 18 August 2014

Made in Dagenham

Usually Haiku Review is just about shows I have seen, but I'm excited enough about this one to let you know about it in advance. Made in Dagenham thrilled me as a film, and I can't wait to see it onstage - as a musical - directed by Rupert Goold.

Here's a taster. Watch out for the feminist mining strike poem in due course.

Made in Dagenham opens on 5 November at the Adelphi Theatre.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Hampstead Theatre
12 July

Down pit you're dark as death
and hot as hell, sweltering, swearing
in relentless pitch,
up to your waist in water,
rubble, grit, coal in your eyes
and lungs, coal in your shit.
You hold the picket line
against all odds, fighting for what
you know to be man’s right;
brought to your knees for scraps
you rage and weep, as all 
you ever worked for slips from sight.

Wonderland runs at Hampstead Theatre until 26 July

Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Kindness of Strangers

Southwark Playhouse
4 July

2 am, the roads are quiet now
but for the drunks
in yellow moons of light
on corners,
and a tawny coated fox,
light-pawed on the pavement,
padding home.
We cruise the slick black roads,
headlights on windows,
waiting. Tea, chat, radio.
Waiting in silence
for the bells, blue lights
and speeding, stretchers, doorbells
and a woman scared, a child
crying on the stairs,
clutching the dog,
afraid to look
at breath, blood, sick. We know.
Hold hands, lift him into the van
and drive him back through thin,
fine-falling rain.
Dawn on the river.
Back to the hospital. Out again.


The Kindness of Strangers by Curious Directive 
runs at the Southwark Playhouse until 16 July 

Monday, 30 June 2014

Adler and Gibb

Royal Court Theatre
24 June

You broke the locks
and forced your way into a world
where you are not wanted.

Deep in the woods,
a house that once was love
and now is nothing.

Leave us alone here, the house
we built, the little bird
we grew, like trees

that creep now on the kitchen floor,
all gone. The work torn up.
Nothing to steal anymore but scraps;

nothing is left of her
but memories of wild, woodsy love
and mouldered bones.

Adler and Gibb runs at the Royal Court until 5 July

Wednesday, 11 June 2014


Union Theatre
7 June

She is old now, slowing down
and losing sight of things
like where the fine lines lie
between duty and friendship,
love and artifice; picking at holes
in what was motherhood,
and leaving tatters
where a queen once stood.

Ursula Mohan as Lear

Lear runs at the Union Theatre until 28 June

Thursday, 22 May 2014


V&A Tunnel Theatre
15 May

Dormice are a comfort 
you know, and who can say
that soldiers do not dream
of them and think of stories
they heard long ago,
as the war goes on, 
bombs fall, and loving sons 
turn into telegrams
and flutter home.

Monday, 19 May 2014

King Charles III

Almeida Theatre
16 May

Trouble at Whitehall
as a wilful king
steps in to stop
the well oiled wheels
of the state.

Trouble at home
as he exerts his right,
pissing off people,
and Kate.

Image NB Studios

King Charles III runs at the Almeida until 31 May