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

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Stop Press - publication announcement!

Happy National Poetry Day! 

I'm thrilled to announce that the first Haiku Review publication is on its way. 'Theatreland', a collection of poems inspired by theatre, will be published by Indigo Dreams in 2015.

Watch this space - more information coming soon!

Sophie x


Monday, 29 September 2014

Great Britain

Theatre Royal Haymarket 
26 September

She's a page one whip,
making the headlines,
going out teeth and tits
for the perfect pitch.

She knows the game,
laying down lies and sex
to break a story
and some hapless neck.














Great Britain is playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket 
until 10 January 2015

As You Like It

Southwark Playhouse
25 September 

Where first the snow fell
now there flutters spring,
bursting in flower and song,
falling in floods of green;

a flurry of lovers sigh
beneath the trees,
barely aware that they
are not all as they seem.












Samuel Townsend, Sally Scott and Kaisa Hammarlund
Photography © Robert Workman 

As You Like It runs at the Southwark Playhouse until 18 October

Once

Phoenix Theatre
6 September

There are boys like this,
silent and strong,
better in song than speech,

better in love than grief,
lugging their hearts along
with them like rocks

and wishing they were light.
Wishing for gentle words
and easy flight

to carry them away
above the sea, but scared
they'll fall onto the rocks beneath.










Once is playing at the Phoenix Theatre 
Currently booking until 4 July 2015


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.
www.madeindagenhamthemusical.com/
 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Wonderland

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
http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2014/wonderland/