Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Hampstead Theatre
12 July

Down pit you're dark as death
and hot as hell, sweltering, swearing
in relentless pitch,
up to your waist in water,
rubble, grit, coal in your eyes
and lungs, coal in your shit.
You hold the picket line
against all odds, fighting for what
you know to be man’s right;
brought to your knees for scraps
you rage and weep, as all 
you ever worked for slips from sight.

Wonderland runs at Hampstead Theatre until 26 July

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Shakespeare in Love

Noel Coward Theatre
10 July

Playwright of the river,
drinking with whores
and mongrels
in a backstreet tavern;

Poet of Cheapside,
pressing love
onto a page
with a sigh of ink.

For all your words
was there a girl
who would have been a boy
to tread the boards with you,

a girl whose heart you met
like twin souls on the stage,
before she was 
forever wrenched away?

Shakespeare in Love runs 
at the Noel Coward Theatre 
until 25 October 2014

Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Kindness of Strangers

Southwark Playhouse
4 July

2 am, the roads are quiet now
but for the drunks
in yellow moons of light
on corners,
and a tawny coated fox,
light-pawed on the pavement,
padding home.
We cruise the slick black roads,
headlights on windows,
waiting. Tea, chat, radio.
Waiting in silence
for the bells, blue lights
and speeding, stretchers, doorbells
and a woman scared, a child
crying on the stairs,
clutching the dog,
afraid to look
at breath, blood, sick. We know.
Hold hands, lift him into the van
and drive him back through thin,
fine-falling rain.
Dawn on the river.
Back to the hospital. Out again.

The Kindness of Strangers by Curious Directive 
runs at the Southwark Playhouse until 16 July