If we want theatre to give a voice to the invisible and the marginalized, the fed up and the f****d over, then we need more theatre like this. If we want to understand that the erosion of workers' rights extends into the chipping away of their individual humanity, we need more theatre like this.
Istanbul is home to over 14million people, but at 4 or 5am on a May morning, when the sun is breaking through the midnight blue sky, there is virtually no one around. This usually chaotic and overwhelming city has a serenity and peace that is breathtaking.
I'm stating nothing new when I say that imagination is the most powerful tool humankind has. Imagination has put man on the moon. The 'fantasists', science fiction writers and film-makers did it way earlier than the 'realist' scientists, but one certainly fed into the other.
It's Catlin Art Prize time again - the annual exhibition of the shortlisted candidates from the Art Catlin Guide featuring the most exciting new art graduates in the UK. Eight finalists this year have been given space at the Londonewcastle Project Space in London in which to develop themes explored during their art school years.
Most people who come from marginalised cultures (myself included) don't have a problem with people wanting to participate in our culture in an appropriate and respectful setting - in fact, we love it! Under the correct circumstances, cultural exchange can be a truly wonderful thing...
An interview with Peter Murphy, author of a new novel about the Cambridge Spies, And is there Honey Still for Tea? (No Exit Press, publication on 23 A...
The Angry Brigade at Bush Theatre isn't subtle but it is energetic, powerful and brutally effective in punching its message across, that message being: look around you, people! This isn't freedom and we are not free!
The third work of art in this series will be unveiled later this month, hanging high above the Eurostar platforms until October. Each of the pieces we have sponsored so far has inspired travellers to stop, look up and take pictures as they travel through the station - it only takes a minute or two of searching to find thousands of these pictures on the internet. Some are selfies,
The company's non-hierarchical structure which, like any organism, developed its own unique composition, and the collective ethos provides a "deep bench" of artists leading and supporting each others work.
Here at the Venice Biennale Sarah Lucas has seized the crown. Her show for the British Council I SCREAM DADDIO is the star turn at the Giardini. She has painted the whole of the inside a bright canary yellow and filled it with her wonderfully rude pieces.
The reason so many quote from E M Forster's modus operandi - only connect - is that it works. Connecting is the mainstay of all communication. A direct hit of recognition will elicit laughter.
We have the largest creative sector in the EU which contributes over £76.9billion a year and, relative to GDP, is probably the largest in the world. In an odd sort of reversal of fortunes, the problem we now face is that we become too comfortable - convincing ourselves that our creative sector is so brilliant and innovative that we can wipe the floor with the rest of the world.
England's largest arts festival, arrived this weekend with a record 3,584 performances of 784 shows at 171 venues across the city for the entire month of May. Ticket sales are already 15% up on last year, meaning that we should be expecting audiences of close to 290,000 people.
The Danish artist Artpusher is the candy girl that will give you a bitter-sweet caramel. Flashy colours and pretty girls are the promise of a Disney experience.
If there's anything I've come to know over the years, it's that the edge of things is where the arts tend to flourish most creatively and anarchically... I've learned not to underestimate what's truly possible in Brighton, on its bright edge, at festival time, the borders vanished, the arts everywhere you look, everything on the wing.
We're all starting out in our careers, we're all painfully inexperienced and woefully ignorant but each of us in our own small way knows a little something and these somethings are valid.