Revisiting Cathy now, with my forties in clear view, I miss how immense everything felt then (I certainly miss being able to spend an entire evening in the bath with a novel for company). That's why I think Wuthering Heights tugs at the hearts of generation after generation of readers. The vastness of it all.
I love Medea. For me, the horror in this story is when you feel her terrible act was not just inevitable but understandable. Even logical. Yet that descent, that terrifying unravelling, is missing in this new production at the Almeida Theatre.
How is it possible that the greatest lyricist that ever lived could come up with something that reads like the GCSE creative writing coursework of a morbid teenager who has just inhaled an entire thesaurus?
The interpretation is risky, yes, but theatre should be risky. And for all the theatrical spectacle and the clever tricks, you feel for Nancy, you really do. You're rooting for her and at the climax, when she understands what it is she truly needs, it's a great feeling. Tipping the Velvet is a bright, witty production - but it also has a heart.
Nicola De Maine has no previous experience of writing for publication. She recently joined the BATTLE LINES New Writing Programme run by Raise Dark Th...
7: It's only a film. You are not curing cancer, nor rescuing small children from famine or even dishing out soup to the homeless. You're stood in a North Face jacket getting pissed off because the biscuit selection is crap today. Directing is a job, but people have real jobs, people work harder and get paid much less.
I've long extolled the merits of spoken word and Simon Mole has previous for pushing, twisting and manipulating the boundaries of the art form.
I'm not going to go on First Dates. And I'll tell you why. Because I'm not up for having to eat a meal with a man with an oppressive beard who wants to do Jager bombs during a civilized meal as if he's out on the freshers lash at three in the morning.
With British Council funding we were lucky to spend a month in Bengal collaborating with Kolkata based theatre company, Ranan. We worked together in a studio and more significantly visited the Sundarbans - the largest single tract of mangrove forest in the world, three hours south of Kolkata. The Sundarbans is on the frontline of sea level rise.
Hanson is aware that rejection and failure are a part of the acting process, and happily he hasn't been knocked off his stride since Stephen Ward. He has just finished at the Park Theatre in North London, where he played alongside his son Tom (his daughter Molly is also an actor) in 'The Gathered Leaves'...
I think one day in the future someone is going to write a blog about an interpretative dance piece that contains what all of our faces looked like when we watched the news this week. But until that time comes, these are my cultural shenanigans from the past seven days.
I always knew that I had a 'famous' relative who was a scientist from what my family told me, but Miss Bilderbeck was the first person that sparked my interest in science and widened my knowledge of Rosalind's work. Clearly her enthusiasm was infectious and has stuck with me ever since.
I don't know about you but I've always thought that arts criticism would be way better if it read like the diary of a confused teenage girl. Hence my decision to start writing this blog. Here are some things I like this week.
The Arcola Theatre itself was the first character of each piece. It's friendly and hip design and staff welcome you and make you feel warm and safe. I must also applaud them on having fantastic access provision for disabled people like me, which is no mean feat in an old industrial building.
The musical highlight this year was Grace Petrie and the Benefits Culture who roused a damp Monday night crowd with their politically charged folk songs. Grace Petrie is the musical soul of Corbynmania. Heartfelt catchy tunes delivering lyrics of love and protest which sum up her generation of politically engaged youth who despise the political establishment.
Up or down? This is an important question that needs to be asked before you move in with a bloke. And when that bloke is your boyfriend then things ...