Fire and Dance

I have a lot to learn about devising drama and, even more, devising dance.  But I took a little step in that direction yesterday, when I sat down for a fabulous chat with Laura Farnworth, dramaturg for The Print Room’s upcoming production where dance realizes the qualities of fire.  It’s called Ignis, the latin word for fire, and here it is the …

Pinter on too much communication

On Friday for the fifth time during this production run of Harold Pinter’s Dumb Waiter at The Print Room, I read my favourite bits from a speech Pinter delivered in 1962 in Bristol at the National Student Drama Festival, and I heard some wonderful woman grunt in agreement after the final sentence — which made me feel that supreme sensation …

Geraldine Alexander’s new play, AMYGDALA

I have had a heady autumn dealing with four plays by four great male playwrights, two dead (Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter), two very much living (Steven Berkoff and David Pinner).  And now the season is closing with a play by a relatively unknown, new playwright, Geraldine Alexander, and I find myself more excited about this play than any of …

David Pinner and his Russian Plays

We had a good pre-show discussion with David Pinner at Getti on Wednesday night, and he pricked interest with comments that a few decades ago would have got people fairly worked up —  about Communists infiltrating the the Labour Party in the 1970s, about him not being able to produce his play on Stalin at the

Dumb waiting

Well, The Dumb Waiter lecture has been delivered twice now at The Print Room, and the first post-show discussion for The Potsdam Quartet was held last week at Jermyn Street Theatre, and David Pinner managed to give a really insightful interview pre-show on the Wednesday for The Potdam Quartet, so everything seems to be humming along.   The Potsdam Quartet is an odd play …

The Potsdam Quartet at the Jermyn Street Theatre

The Potsdam Quartet by David Pinner Directed by Anthony BiggsOct – Nov 2013Jermyn Street Theatre As they headed to the Potsdam Conference with Stalin in July 1945, the most important fact that faced Churchill and Truman was the frustratingly unalterable presence of four times as many Soviet troops in Europe as there were British and American forces. Plus, the Soviets …

The Dumb Waiter at The Print Room

The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter Directed by Jamie Glover Oct -Nov  2013 The Print Room The Dumb Waiter was written in the summer 1957, when it was one of the first three plays that came in quick succession from Harold Pinter, the other two being The Room and The Birthday Party. The outraged reception that greeted The Birthday Party …

Berkoff’s one-act plays, The Potsdam Quartet, The Dumb Waiter

I have too many plays on the brain and can hardly focus at present — which really should be, if this blog calms me down, the most delightful situation in the world, and in truth it is.   Berkoff 0ne-act plays at Jermyn Street Theatre, Religion and Anarchy, have been really amazing.  I run more Q&A’s next week, give some

The Last Yankee at The Print Room

The Last Yankee by Arthur Miller Directed by Cathal ClearySept – Oct 2013The Print Room The Last Yankee began life as a twenty-minute piece about two men waiting in the visitors’ room of a large state mental hospital in a nice New England town. It featured in a one-act play festival at the New York Ensemble Theatre in 1991, and …

Alexander Hamilton and Arthur Miller’s The Last Yankee

I sat down to write programme notes for The Print Room’s production of The Last Yankee today, determined to fit in all this cool stuff I had just learned about Alexander Hamilton, a founding father that I really knew nothing about, except that he got killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804.  But not a word about