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Jessie Thompson

Editorial Assistant, Huffington Post UK Blogs

Jessie Thompson is the HuffPost UK blogs editorial assistant.

I Watched Romeo and Juliet for the First Time and It Was a Fascinating Experience

I'm sometimes a bit behind when it comes to the cultural scene. I've still never seen <em>Game of Thrones</em> and it took me ages to listen to Beyonce's new album. And I am genuinely about 400 years late to the party when it comes to <em>Romeo and Juliet</em>, which is apparently quite a famous play. It was such a relief that I was able to rectify this philistine-y oversight thanks to dreamboat theatre overlord Sir Kenneth Branagh...
26/05/2016 16:40 BST

'Ophelias Zimmer' at the Royal Court: A Vital Reclamation of Female Agency

The play is framed around the five stages of drowning, which are described to us in forensic detail as each new act begins. Inside each act, inside Ophelia's room, we gradually see her fighting back against a life in which women are supposed to be grateful when they are lovebombed by sociopaths.
20/05/2016 10:40 BST

'X' and 'Cyprus Avenue' Remind Us That We Keep Ourselves in Each Other

I'll name you two things that are very pricey but integral to you not falling apart as a human being. One is therapy. The other is theatre... I can't help but feel like one is a bit like the other sometimes, and if you go to the Royal Court this month you can see two plays which are like an a very intense, cathartic, exhausting (but GOOD) workout for your soul.
19/04/2016 08:29 BST

Oh Boy: Is This Austerity Britain at the Almeida Theatre?

Leo Butler's play takes a day in austerity Britain and zooms in on one boy. Kind of like a condensed episode of 24, except here Jack Bauer is a marginalised teen called Liam. He's not picking off terrorists; he's w*nking on to trees.
13/04/2016 13:00 BST

Hello Sweet Art: Kenneth Branagh's Big Night Out

Kenneth Branagh is actually on ketamine in this play. I mean not actually, he's doing acting, but one of the characters has cruelly injected his character's bum with horse tranquiliser and it's safe to say he struggles. His trousers fall down a lot. He does funny voices. And he does lots of cuddling on the bed with Rob Brydon. And it's hilarious.
29/03/2016 17:01 BST

Hello Sweet Art: The Big Sketch

People want to know because learning about the creative process of artists and writers is fascinating, and it's also a reminder that all great work starts somewhere and changes and grows. That's why it's genuinely such a joy that Grayson Perry has published parts of his sketchbooks from throughout his career...
21/03/2016 17:00 GMT

Hello Sweet Art: Don't Make Me a Cup of Tea

I actually felt a bit bewildered by <em>The Maids</em>. It's about two maids who are obsessed with their employer to the extent that they will dress up in her clothes and pretend to be her, but also hate her so much that they want to poison her tea. I will no longer be drinking any more tea made for me by my co-workers.
07/03/2016 08:30 GMT

Two Fingers to Anyone Who Thought the Canon Didn't Look Like Sarah Kane

If <em>Cleansed</em> has crossed your radar and you're not a nerdy stage-botherer on the regs like me, it's probably because of the news stories about walkouts and people fainting in the theatre. Or it might be because you're aware of the fact that Kane killed herself at the age of 28. But the sensationalism around her work is white noise.
24/02/2016 16:31 GMT

Hello Sweet Art: A Girl Is the Only Thing

The second series of <em>Happy Valley</em>, where the relentlessly awesome Sarah Lancashire plays a police officer who has had the s*** beaten out of her but still sometimes goes out with a hat on, confirms Sally Wainwright as creating some of the most watchable TV we have.
21/02/2016 23:23 GMT

The Royal Court Is Making Women Nouns, Not Adjectives - Get Used to It

Caryl Churchill's latest play, <em>Escaped Alone</em>, is magnificent. It has all the qualities that mark her out as the greatest living playwright - it's funny, it's complicated, and it's sinister. But what's also important is that this is a play about four women in their 70s, sitting in a garden. It's revolutionary.
29/01/2016 10:07 GMT