‘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…

“Life’s a marathon, not a sprint”

It’s been a while since I posted any theatre chat, so to hell with recent tradition and let’s go oldschool. For the newbies, I’m a theatre-maker from Scotland, my trade being in performance and writing for the stage. After my masters, several things went wrong, and I’ve spent the last two years putting all the…

Testing 1 2 3

Thanks to the last month or so, I haven’t had the chance to properly check in, so here we go. Somewhere in between working a festival and hacking the life out of the garden (although I might argue hacking life back in), the festival ended, a skin treatment plan (finally) began, and I had my second ever…

‘Hamlet’, All is Not Well

All is not well in the state of Denmark. Hamlet’s lost his marbles, and people keep dying. What a to do. Staged at London’s Barbican, and live-screened internationally, Hamlet begins with Mr H listening to his father’s gramaphone records alone and not with the ghostly appearance upon the battlements. Nicking, fiddling and giving Bernardo and…

Chicago | ‘Marie Antoinette’

France. Monarchy. Opulence. Chaos. Set in traverse on a gem-shaped catwalk, the kingdom of Queen Marie and King Louis XVI is revised, revamped and turned up to eleven. Portrayed in full glamour, with a bass-heavy French soundtrack, the court of Louis XVI is pompous, extravagant and woefully naïve. Let’s start at the beginning: why this…