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July 5, 2019

Last night I went to the Manchester International Festival to see Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah's TREE and I think it's important to share a few thoughts on it.

Firstly, BORING, need to talk about the controversy around it. I'm going to skim over it because it's the l...

June 8, 2019

Last night I watched YEP young directors version of Crave. Thinking about Crave and 448 Pyschosis all I can see is pain. These are plays that document the pain of existence, the burden of depression, and the weight of the idea of death as liberty.

Now firstly I'm going...

June 7, 2019

Last week I had the privilege of spending a week in Hull talking to retired people about advice they'd give to generations below them. It was all great. Here are some highlights:

"Take Your Time" (nearly everyone said this)

"Enjoy it"

"Don't Worry About Other People".

The...

May 28, 2019

For as long as time remembers we've treated Drama Schools as conservatoires - places to go to make people "good actors" for television, theatre and film. Some of these schools are very sucessfull at doing so but watching this show tonight I can't help but think we've g...

February 5, 2019

I'm about to engage on a project with a large group of refugees for Leeds Playhouse and the Young Vic and, before I could agree to it, I had to ask myself whether I was the right person to be involved in this project.

Now the first thing to say is to ask what the functi...

January 8, 2019

Today I was flicking through my bookshelf and found a copy of DANCE NATION which was on at the Almeida Theatre last year and I couldn't stop thinking about the last speech in it. It read

"For eleven years

... twelve years

.. thirteen years

I rode the wave -

For twenty years

...

November 27, 2018

All Theatre is for the community. Whether or not it's a community like Waltham Forrest (that I just saw Soho Theatre do) or whether it's for the National Theatre Olivier stage it's all for a community (At the NT or RSC or Edinburgh Fringe your community won't be geogra...

November 11, 2018

Firstly I just want to say I'm coming off the back of a week of celebrating All We Ever Wanted Was Everything opening at the Bush Theatre and I'm feeling a bit pickled. Excuse the invetiable incoherance of all this.

Today marks 100 years since the Armistace to end World...

November 7, 2018

Humans started telling stories around camp fires with a very simple purpose: To share stories in the hope that the world would become easier for others. Since those days the world has changed but our reasons for telling stories stay the same. We tell stories with an in...

November 7, 2018

We have just opened ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING at the Bush Theatre. It's been a hell of a journey and I have to say that sitting in the theatre on Friday with my friends, family, and my beloved Middle Child that I felt the happiest I've felt in a very long time....

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