Tuesday, 19 February 2013

A Chorus Line

The London Palladium
18 February

Hopeful and bright as birds
in finery, pointing their toes
and stretching out their necks;

see them back step and twirl,
the music unfurling like flowers
at their feet. See them unload their souls

of all the dreams and demons
driving them; of how they live
and why they love to dance.
A Chorus Line runs at the London Palladium

Saturday, 16 February 2013

In The Beginning Was The End

Somerset House
13 February
Enter the web:
a gadget universe.
Traverse the corridors,
a silent guest.
Forget the world above
and lose yourself 
in this blissful but broken
prophet house. 

In The Beginning Was The End by dreamthinkspeak
runs at Somerset House until 30 March


Blackall Studios
14 February

These are the children, old before their time,
who eyeball prophecy and smirk at fame;
ahead are crowns and ships and bloody war,
but now they scratch in sticky-fingered game.

Prophecy by BAZ Productions runs at Blackall Studios until 2 March

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Fiesco, Blood Wedding, Three Sisters

2013: a year in theatrical poetry!

This year I will be Poet in Residence at the New Diorama Theatre - a brilliant little powerhouse of exciting new ensemble theatre in central London.

I will be writing a tiny poem for every show at the theatre - starting with The Faction Rep Season: a triple bill of stripped-back, reinterpreted classics presented by the theatre's associate company.

They will be collected on the New Diorama website, and will create a year of theatre in poetry (just as soon as the new website is up and running!). In the meantime, you can find them here and on twitter..!


The city wages war,
flooding the streets
with royal purple, bloody red.

Blood Wedding

Onto this parched, dry earth
falls bitter blood of grief,
tears and sweat of longing.

Three Sisters

Simple things are all:
chairs and yellow lamps, love and
the dream of Moscow.

Fiesco, Blood Wedding and Three Sisters play in rep
at the New Diorama until 23 February.

Friday, 1 February 2013

No Quarter

Royal Court
30 January 

Out there the woods;
within, a wilderness of myth
and fancy dress,
a hoarder’s mess of drugs
and grief, a bellowing bolt hole
of misbelief.

No Quarter plays at the Royal Court until 19 February