Review: NT Live – Coriolanus

Thanks to mega-Hiddles fan Jay I got to see the NT Live production of Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston and a very fine cast broadcast from the Donmar Warehouse all the way to Glasgow, which gave me an excuse to visit that fine city again. My visit included a stop by the Glasgow Women’s Library in…

Flash Fiction Challenge: Zoo Story

Patti Abbott has challenged folks again on the topic of the zoo: here’s mine with apologies to Edward Albee and William Shakespeare and Bruce Robinson as well. So there.  Zoo Story “So, this is the place.” “This? Why?” “I thought it would be dramatic.” “Dramatic? Why? Wolf howls make it dramatic?” “Not exactly. That scene…

Love and Theft

“I’m not quite as cool or forgiving as I sound…”  “Floater” by Bob Dylan I’ll have some lovely photos from the trip to Connemara up soon, but there’s something else I need to deal with first. This week has been a head shaking one in several ways that’s ended up leaving me with a couple…

Much Ado about Ghosts

First things, first: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE QUEEN OF EVERYTHING!! My latest column exploits my theatre madness by making it work (as if seeing a good play were really work, but shhh! mustn’t let people know how much fun we’re having, right?). I ran off to the theatre after a good chat with pal Gordon…

Tuesday’s Overlooked Films: The Tempest

First a quick link: I am the featured writer interview in the latest Text Novel newsletter: “The world is my bison.” 🙂 TextNovel is one of the places that The Mangrove Legacy appeared before its publication and of course, the new serial Airships and Alchemy can be found there as well as on the serial…

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Bend Sinister

It’s a bit cheeky suggesting that a Nabokov book could be “forgotten” but I think I can make a case here. After all, Amazon lists the most recent edition as the one from 1990. But first let me mention this fabulous design by Carol Carson for the Nabokov Specimen Box Project, a fantastic design project:…

Shakespeare-a-Go-Go

I set off Sunday for a Shakespeare double-header with my theatre buddy, Ron, and got all the way to Massachusetts to fill up on cheap gas before I discovered that I had left my check card in the cash machine: D’oh! We got to Shakespeare & Co for the first order of the day: A…

Theatre Round-Up

I’ve been lucky enough to have some great theatre outings in the last few weeks, but I’ve been short on time to talk about them. I slipped off to Massachusetts to visit Shakespeare & Co and catch both The Comedy of Errors and Richard III. The former was in the Bernstein Theatre with the troupe…

The Scottish Play, the Russian Play and Lowe in Basingstoke

Ah, it’s always fun to hit the Globe; I had missed their Macbeth earlier, so was glad to have a chance to catch it before it ended. The staging was a bit more elaborate than the usual plain stage: there was a double ring with chains and drapery over the stage, and a kind of…

BitchBuzz: Shakespeare Lunch

My latest column for BitchBuzz takes up another theatre experience: Shakespeare for Lunch at the Bridewell Theatre If you like your Bard on the light side, C Company and the Bridewell Theatre offer you the chance for a taste of the Elizabethan drama cut down for lunchtime viewing in the intimate surroundings of the tiny…