Road, Royal Court

I’ve written about this before and now I’m writing about it again: I’m a firm believer in Rupert Goold’s statement that the director’s job is to cover up the bad bits in the text [links to paid content]. This is exactly what John Tiffany doesn’t do. If anything, his direction exacerbates the weaker parts of Jim… Continue reading Road, Royal Court

A condensed version of Simon Stephens’ A Working Diary

A Working Diary. Simon Stephens. The condensed version.   1st January   At [the Court/the National/the Royal Exchange]. I like it here. Saw [insert playwright]’s new play. It was ok. /profound line break/ I know so much about theatre. I know the ins and outs. I know what makes theatre function. I know audiences. I… Continue reading A condensed version of Simon Stephens’ A Working Diary

The Winter’s Tale, Cheek by Jowl at the Barbican

act one I love (most of) Shakespeare but I’m not afraid to admit that sometimes I struggle. Cheek by Jowl’s Winter’s Tale is a no-struggle zone. It’s not ‘dumbed down’ (whatever the fuck that means) and it’s not pretentious. It’s simply really great theatre. It’s pristine. This is probably some of the clearest Shakespearean acting… Continue reading The Winter’s Tale, Cheek by Jowl at the Barbican