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/
 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Shakespeare in Love

Noel Coward Theatre
10 July

Playwright of the river,
drinking with whores
and mongrels
in a backstreet tavern;

Poet of Cheapside,
pressing love
onto a page
with a sigh of ink.

For all your words
was there a girl
who would have been a boy
to tread the boards with you,

a girl whose heart you met
like twin souls on the stage,
before she was 
forever wrenched away?














Shakespeare in Love runs 
at the Noel Coward Theatre 
until 25 October 2014

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

http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/index.php/outandabout/the-kindness-of-strangers/ 

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

Lear

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
http://www.uniontheatre.biz/lear/4584217902
 

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Alice

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

Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies

Aldwych Theatre
17 May

Katherine: face of an angel,
niece of an emperor,
hard as nails. She will not bend
like a sapling, though
she is dragged of her queenship
and left out to die like a dog.

Anne, dancing in yellow
on her grave: a virgin bride,
eye like a hawk, a mouth full of serpents.
Maybe a step too far, maybe a bed
or guilty door that leads her at last
to the headsman.

Jane, a dormouse creeping
into conversation: quiet, sweet,
with skin and will like thick, rich cream,
and on her cheek a blush
that is like nothing more than a pink rose,
thorns carefully plucked.

 







Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies run 
at the Aldwych Theatre until 6 September 2014