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A Midsummer Night’s Dream with its self-punishing nobility making non-sensical and unmotivated cruel decisions towards their own children; its sickly sweet world-building of the fairy kingdom and the inevitable dishing up of the umpteenth clever clever twist on the play-in-the-play-in-the-play is a hard text to like, if pure entertainment is not necessarily the reason why […]
This is just a quick note after reading some of the reviews for The Encounter. There are at least two pieces and quite a bit of social media buzz accusing Simon McBurney’s piece which he loosely adapted from Petru Popescu’s book Amazon Beaming of white blindness for colonial issues. One is Michael Billington who in passing […]
A figure on a chair. The right hand belongs to the right knee. We’ll get there in stages. First place the elbow but then it slips off the knee. Try again. Elbow onto the knee. Wait. Will it hold? No. Again. Again. Again. This is ugly and disturbing to watch in a way that means […]
In association with Nick Hern Books. In this episode, we take an in-depth look at the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Presenter Tim Bano follows the progress of scripts from submission to shortlisting by speaking to judges, readers and writers. Featuring interviews with: Michael Oglesby, Anna Jordan, Sarah Frankcom.