Sunday, 28 July 2013

The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable

Temple Studios
26 July

Here in the gloom you float through trees
and down abandoned streets,
looking through windows,
nothing to stop you looking
for a stolen kiss or catching a glimpse  
of a knife blade in the dark.

They know they are watched,
used to an eye always
on the back of the neck,
used to the mask they wear,
the smile set, lipstick in place.
They are used to this, to wooden walls

and doors that lead on anywhere,
to labyrinths instead of houses,
rooms of dresses that are not their own.
Used to the clothes that turn them
into other people, and the taste
of a script as it clings to the back of the throat.

The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable runs at Temple Studios until 30 December 2013

Monday, 22 July 2013


NT Live
20 July

A church of mud
with high walls shadowy
and full of spirits,
battle blood that clings
to hands and face
and in their bloody dreams
the stuff of fear wailing
sleep no more.

Macbeth ran from 3 - 20 July at St Peter's Church, Manchester,
as part of the Manchester International Festival 

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


Unicorn Theatre
9 July

The Lionboy
with shaking heart
and brave brown eyes
races around the world

on circus boat and air balloon;
a cat-speaker whose tongue
knows how to purr and mew
and speak with lions.

Down river, desert,
mountainside he is pursued,
a red foot enemy hot on his tracks
and growing close.

Lionboy by Complicite runs at the Unicorn Theatre until 21 July

Monday, 8 July 2013

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Lyric Theatre
6 July

It’s a beautiful day
for a walk in the woods
and a swim in the river
and play in the snow,

and a hunt for a bear
through the high and the low,
till the moment it’s there
and then run away home!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt runs at 
the Lyric Theatre until 1 September 2013

Thursday, 4 July 2013


Young Vic
3 July

We start with darkness,
sleep or not sleep, lights
that leap and follow,
full of magic,

moonlight casting beams
like scattering snow,
a yellow moonrise
in a dark bedroom. 
Brilliant runs at the Young Vic until 13 July

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


Royal Court
30 June

Here are the lives of pigeons
squabbling in shit, tripping
from pill and spraypaint highs
to bloody gutter in an instant.

Pigeons ran from 25 - 29 June as part of Weekly Rep at the Royal Court