‘Hamlet’, Harold Pinter Theatre

There’s a heatwave in London, and Hamlet’s not coping. Here’s the rundown: the palace is more penthouse, with a multi-purpose conservatory-like structure – sometimes a hallway, wardrobe, but mainly a recurring memory of Claudius and Gertrude’s wedding on the patio. Hamlet and Ophelia are an item, and Hamlet is drowning in a grief-stricken psychosis over…

‘Glory on Earth’ (preview), Lyceum Theatre

“Don’t take it to extremes, John”. Glory on Earth is “a meditative look” at a very unsettled and volatile time in Scottish and Unionist history, not least due to the Reformation. Consisting of only two characters – John Knox and Mary Queen of Scots, along with a six strong cast of her ladies-in-waiting/’Marys’ – the…

Tonight’s the Night: ‘King’

About a month ago, I created a short called ‘King’: Now in his thirties, Man conjures up three younger versions of himself – Mini, Midi and Maxi – to explore the worst decision he ever made. For the next three nights, Girls Like That will be performed at the Traverse Theatre in collaboration with the…

‘Jumpy’

“Hilary is 50, a strong intelligent woman who once protested at Greenham Common. Then she felt she could change the world, now, she can’t even change her daughters mind about wearing that skirt. Hilary’s job is on the line, her marriage is on life support, her best friend won’t grow up and her teenage daughter has gone off the rails…” A…

The Suppliant Women [aftermath]

Saturday 15th marked the grand finale of our two week show run. Even now, it still hasn’t sunk in that it’s all over, our actors have finished up in Belfast and will soon move on to Newcastle, or that my particular walk to the West of the city will now return to a weekly event…