Monday, April 19, 2021

I was on holiday last week, not that this poor blog felt the benefit of that. But spent most of the week writing and writing or lurking in parks. 

A moment or two before that, I enjoyed some of The Tron's 'sonic plays' including a beautifully scripted piece by Stef Smith. More of this here

Do let me know what you think of the other three, should you get that far.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

I had such a beautiful dream that I somehow won a competition to shadow a director of the third in a trilogy of plays that was some sort of gangster musical hybrid where they all wore sharp suits and did sharp dance routines. 

It may have been called The Slab Boys which is peculiar as I know nothing about these plays - but I was looking at a biography of John Byrne yesterday so that would make some sort of illogical sense to a befuddled mind. It was wonderful yet alarming as the cast was huge and none of them were socially distancing... 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

I've been keeping myself pretty gainfully occupied though not in a very blog-friendly way.

I've guzzled up this, which was excellent.  (BS, don't read the review until you've read the book!)

And this which was less remarkable but still, a cracking read. And brilliant escapism in these stay home times. 

I really enjoyed The Band Plays On this week just gone. It's on for a little while yet. 

I watched the strangely compelling madness that is Rocketman last night. Peter Bradshaw liked it less than Mark Kermode but it got Taron Egerton an Oscar so who cares what Peter thinks?

And the National Theatre's Yerma was wonderful.

Around the edges, I'm busy trying to figure out what next (and persuade BS to be in it - but that's another story.)

Friday, March 19, 2021

This is a wonderful thing. An interview with David Calder for his Porty-focused podcast. 

He graciously consented to interview both Ross and I. I thought that would surely be more interesting for his listeners than listening to me fetching and barking on again. 

And he edited it together so marvellously you'd have thought we were all in the same room rather than sitting in our respective houses and chatting via the medium of zoom. 

Hats off to the skills and professionalism amidst the ashes of the pandemic. 

Monday, March 08, 2021

I still owe you some of our reviews - we got several which was a total treat. 

Here's a lovely piece from Mr Corr.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

 Lots of reviews which is pretty exciting. 

"Racy new play." 

Words I never imagined being written about me!

Thursday, February 11, 2021


Cracking piece from Mr D here. Thank you, sir.