Friday, 17 July 2015

An Oak Tree

National Theatre
15 July

Here, a bend in the road
where our lives change
forever. Here an oak tree stands,
our little girl, our love,
head full of music,
dancing fingers,
feet that kiss the ground.
Her heart is cold
but she will live forever,
young green leaves and acorns,
all the colours of the sky at dusk.

An Oak Tree, by Tim Crouch. Performed by the playwright himself and a different second actor at each performance. 

I saw the show at the National Theatre, performed by Tim Crouch and Samuel West.

An Oak Tree will also run at the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe, 9 - 16 August 2015

Monday, 13 July 2015

The King of Tiny Things

Udderbelly Festival, London
12 July

Better than fairies
these strange-legged creatures
that dance in the moonlight
and juggle with magic.

The King of Tiny Things, by Metta Theatre

The King of Tiny Things is on national tour until 1 November 2015

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Romeo + Juliet

Rose Theatre, Kingston
10 March

Like spots of light
they dance together,
moving close
for the inevitable kiss.
They are but children
brought to flower suddenly,
alike in beauty,
all too soon extinct.

Joseph Drake as Romeo and Audrey Brisson as Juliet
Photography Tristram Kenton

Romeo + Juliet runs at the Rose Theatre, Kingston until 21 March

Monday, 9 March 2015

Man and Superman

17 February
National Theatre

Woman of wealth
and willpower:
a bastion of morals
and a sledgehammer
of sleek manipulation.

He would rather run
than face those wedding bells,
pick up his heels,
head for the hills
and drive like the devil.

Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma
    Photo by Johan Persson

Man and Superman runs at the National Theatre until 17 May 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


Vault Festival
13 February

Blood-smeared, scarlet,
hands and face attesting murder
that his pale heart would quail at.
Holding the daggers out
with utmost care; his fingers shake
at what they could commit.
There's too much blood in it
but on he goes, deep desperation
driven by despair;
he wanted to be king
but not alone - there's no delight
left in it without her.

Ferdy Roberts as Macbeth
Photograph Tim Morozzo

Macbeth by Filter is on tour until 14 March 

Made in Dagenham

Adelphi Theatre
6 November

I'm not a Commie on a mission,
or a Labour politician,
I'm just a woman,
a mother and wife
and I'll probably work
for the rest of my life,
cos I'm not here for pins
I'm just earning the rent
and a fair, equal wage
is what I must expect!

Gemma Arterton as Rita

Made in Dagenham runs until 11 April 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

Bristol Old Vic
25 October

Sleek as a cat, Macheath,
a silver-tongued hipster,
a hit-man, a thief,
dancing the night away
at his own wedding,
leaving his bride 
on her suitcase, slowly slipping 
from her sunny dreams
into the freezing, foaming sea
not far beneath.

Dominic Marsh as Macheath
Photo by Steve Tanner

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) ran at the Kneehigh Asylum, 
Liverpool Everyman and Bristol Old Vic in 2014