In The Republic of Happiness


In writing about this production, I’ve taken something of a counter-intuitive approach – or if not counter-intuitive, then certainly counter to conventional critical practice. I saw the show before Christmas without any intention of writing about it, subsequently discussed it in a seminar group, read all the reviews I could get my hands on, and … Continue reading

Review: No Quarter, Royal Court Theatre


Originally written for Exeunt. Ever since J.M. Barrie first gave us the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan figures have consistently captured the imagination. Robin, the damaged, boyish figure at the centre of Polly Stenham’s new play, is a direct descendant of this tradition, a self-declared “landed gypsy” whose not so magical but no … Continue reading

Interview: Dawn King, Playwright


Like all writers, Dawn King has a skill for procrastinating. We are chatting about getting into a regular routine, something of a challenge for anyone who has eschewed the regular nine to five. ‘You can procrastinate really effectively if you’re at home writing,’ King admits with a tinge of guilt. ‘You can clean your house, … Continue reading

Theatre on a Shoestring

As a student of limited funds, I have lost count of the number of times people have asked me how I afford to feed my expensive theatre habit. Admittedly a fair number of my theatre trips are facilitated by free press tickets, but when I do fork out for a night at the theatre I … Continue reading


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