Category Archives: Theatre

Portable Theatre

I’ve recently been working in the V&A Archives to complete a critical history of Portable Theatre – the short-lived, controversial and influential theatre company founded by David Hare and Tony Bicât in 1968. My research on the company has now been published … Continue reading

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Bradford Alhambra: ‘archive of our affections’

Like many people, my first experience of attending theatre was the school play, the occasional musical and, in particular, the annual Christmas pantomime. The venue for the latter was the Bradford Alhambra in my home county of West Yorkshire. Built … Continue reading

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Pinter’s Memory Plays

A month or two ago, Mark Taylor-Batty (Leeds University) published his new book The Theatre of Harold Pinter. It’s a terrific piece of work that examines the full range of Pinter’s playwriting and does justice to his implacable imagination: chapters … Continue reading

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‘Not I’ – a visionary rumour

[Lisa Dwan, Mouth in Samuel Beckett’s Not I. Photo: Allan Titmuss.] ‘Something is seen, but one doesn’t know what.’ Carl Jung, Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies (1958). — I have a strong memory from childhood of wandering … Continue reading

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‘After this I shall regard Gomorrah as a spa resort’: Edward Bond’s ‘The Sea’

[This piece appears in the programme for the upcoming production of The Sea at the Court House Theatre, as part of the Shaw Festival, Ontario. Details here.] The Sea is a windswept and atmospheric play about the impact on a community of … Continue reading

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