Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Merrily We Roll Along

Harold Pinter Theatre
27 May

New York, the grey and glittering,
rooftops at dawn,
the edge of everything.

Later we drank champagne,
blue sky, success, and looked around
at all we had and all we'd lost.

Merrily We Roll Along is now booking until 27 July

Monday, 27 May 2013

Sappho …in 9 fragments

Rose Theatre, Bankside
26 May

Within this tangled web
of ropes and legs,
a woman lithe
upon her spider’s bed;

her words dispelled
in cursory fragments,
she clings to history
on broken threads.

Sappho ...in 9 fragments runs at the Rose Theatre until 2 June

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Something Very Far Away

Unicorn Theatre
22 May

We loved, and felt the rush of stars and space
on hilltop and park bench, our fingers locked
and bodies bent for every utterance.

She was my light and sky and all my happiness,
her every glance and kiss
a lovely lesson in what courtship is;

and now she’s gone I’d give up time and space
for one last glimpse, a final sight of her
across the universe, so very small, so very far away.

Something Very Far Away runs at the Unicorn Theatre until 2 June

Sunday, 12 May 2013

The Low Road

Royal Court
11 May

A penny-poaching, swaggering,
penny-feather-in-his-hat rapscallion, Jim.
A brothel foundling, raised on whores
and honey, out for a gentleman.

Luckless and naked, scaredy cat he swims
in free trade seas, trading in time and sex,
freedom and finery; for here money’s king
and there’s no place in sanity for charity.

The Low Road ran at the Royal Court until 11 May

Friday, 10 May 2013

Mies Julie

Riverside Studios
8 May

Red wine, her father's best.
Red cotton dress, glaring
upon her breasts.
Their evening lust
burning down walls
and spilling blood.

Their fingers worn

upon a bruise red floor,

beneath which history

and hate will beat
and lay to rest
all hope of love.

Mies Julie runs at Riverside Studios until 19 May