I’m in an Ibis ‘Styles’ hotel* in Birmingham, having just got in from seeing the new Tania El Khoury show for Fierce festival. Like all live art festivals, Fierce is a place where I can feel exceedingly content — this work is so exciting and stimulating — and, at the…


It’s been a big year. I left my job, moved out of London, put my first book together, and somehow still haven’t fucked up my PhD (yet). Thanks to the combination of a very ill housemate, residual break-up fallout, and some hard-going #MeToo politics, the first few months of the…


Leo Butler has a new play about LSD, but the interview with him in The Guardian has really just got me thinking again about how absolutely devastating his play Boy was a couple of years ago. It was like a velociraptor pincher movement of devastating. …


And I’m about to tell you what happens in it, so if you’re planning to go, think carefully before you keep reading.

Phobiarama, the theatrical installation thing by Dries Verhoeven that’s in LIFT this year, is a bit like a ghost train. In pairs, we get into small cars on…


First things first: how great is it to see a Tom Scutt design in action again?! I sometimes worry that since he’s returned from his showbiz MTV exile he’s been kept under some kind of emprisonment spell by the Donmar and honestly, who goes to the Donmar?

You don’t really…


Simultaneously the most interesting and most boring play I’ve seen in a long time.

There will no doubt be many takes. Mine is that it’s about the way we are haunted by our past relationships in the same way the ground is haunted by bloodshed. It’s set in a Gettysburg…


This collaboration between Kim Noble, the guys at CAMPO, and a bunch of the most brilliant teenage musicians ever is a weird mix of the effortlessly cool (I mean, come on — Kim Noble, CAMPO, teenagers making beats and singing and playing the fucking HARP — you can’t tell me…


This was FANTASTIC. Like, startlingly good. It’s a period of history that interests me culturally (from a privileged white British perspective obviously, growing up with Rage Against The Machine albums and, more recently, absolutely lapping up that massive OJ documentary series and the NWA biopic) so I was always going…


I was disappointed by this, but I think I am partly guilty; I had somehow convinced myself that it was going to be electrifying. Thinking back, I know what influenced my pre-impressions, but I know I should know better than to fall for them.

Parliament Square won the Judges’ Prize…


Him off of Breaking Bad! In the flesh! Having a breakdown! OMG!

This is going to be a quick blog because TIME, but also because there isn’t really much to say.

Like Jubilee, Network is the stage version of a film I’d never heard of before. Also like Jubilee, the…

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