Category Archives: Opinion

Summer in the City

‘Objects of every sort are materials for the new art: paint, chairs, food, electric and neon lights, smoke, water, old socks, a dog, movies, a thousand other thing that will be discovered by the present generation of artists. Not only will these bold creators show us, as if for the first time, the world we […]

Take me to the Theatre

I’m writing this is in part a response to Matt Trueman’s recent post on Bad Theatre, although his article has really just catalysed this post about a bunch of things I’ve been thinking about for a while. An argument against Bad Theatre appears to be the terrible things it does to its audiences, both in potentia and in the auditorium. Things that will put […]

House of wonder

 … or what would you give for magic? There wasn’t much in the way of theatre in Frimley. It’s a small town, smooshing into it’s neighbours to make a kind of suburban sprawl that grants every Englishman a small and homogenous castle. I know my dad was a fan of Shakespeare, I know that because of the […]

Northern Powerhouse

There’s been talk. The politicians from the capital have started their pre-election, regional tour. Nick Clegg – in a radical piece of recursion – instructed the Manchester creative-entrepreneur-set to ape Berlin and ‘use vacant buildings as a base for arty start-ups and collectives‘, which came as some surprise to author and DJ Dave Haslam who points out that the Berlin model had been, […]

Stream Bitterness

We didn’t know the car needed petrol. We didn’t know that plants needed water. We didn’t know that children needed love. It’s Sunday now. The daily twitter stats have landed in my mailbox: 270 tweets, 24 new followers, around the same new followings, 69 retweets & 195 tweets favourited. It must be the day after a Forced […]

A button I can’t unpress

                (So I’m mainly writing this to me and about me and about filling the gaps between articulation, memory and bias.) To sorta/kinda remember what on earth I thought about it and the noise around it, before it becomes a vague word-cloud memory and home to something with […]

On Fairness

“Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies” In a Thatcherite Britain, heavy with the ideological antipathy towards support for culture or anything non-vocational, a company I worked with made a successful application for arts subsidy. Big cheers all round. At the time it felt like a massive windfall, even though it wasn’t enough […]

Down in the Park

Immersive intervention on a budget will still stretch your imagination.     Discovered by word of mouth, an email, tweet or something found by the side of the road. I somehow found myself alerted to a new performance piece happening just off Salford Crescent. Peel Park Asylum promises Immersive Theatre for the Brave created by enthusiastic newcomers Moonstruck Me. […]

A Machine of Loving Grace

Who’s looking at you, kid? UPDATE: APR 2014 We hit a few integration speed bumps on the way to making our lovely Grace, which meant that she wasn’t available for the City Fictions event at the splendid FuturEverything this year. She is still very much in development and will be viciously moping in a corner […]

I’ll Show You Mine – A Storify insertion.

Discussions on Twitter prompted by Bryony Kimming’s passionate blog. It’s all about the Money.