Depression bubbling under the surface, or hovering above, never seen by any, only felt by me. I was used to it. Familiar. At times I would think, "I need to sort this out" and alcohol would come along, "remember our agreement? I can take care of this for you." And it did.
Perhaps surprisingly, though, at the heart of a self-reflexive play that explores altered states of consciousness and sets out to 'challenge the materialist view' lies something very tangible, material and immediate: the corporeal, present experience.
The play is now being used by The Children's Society as an awareness raising tool, helping them to lobby the government to improve laws aimed at protecting vulnerable teenagers.
I became really interested in the subject of failure when I was watching my daughter make the transformation from a child unfettered by the constraints of grown-up measurement to one consumed by anxiety over GCSE exams - from glorious freedom of imagination to a dread of failure.
I discussed gender inequality in theatre with actors Jenny Wilford and Charlotte Couture over tea in a draughty south London pub. In spite of our shivering, the conversation was heated. Wilford and Couture could talk for days about sexism and feminism in the acting world.
If Cleansed 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.
I am so grateful to the arts; the power of creativity shines into the face of adversity and for me holds more weight than an official complaint, I will be heard.
The second series of Happy Valley, 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.
I guess there are other attributes I hold that make me a man. My diet consists of meat and chips, my film collection consist of 99% action movies ( 1% Romeo and Juliet and The Great Gatsby - every bloke loves a love story ) I even tried weeing standing up . It works if you lean back far enough!
Everywhere I turn there are headlines and social media viral videos about race. Seminars and panels about race. Outrage about race. Debate about race. Riots and protests about race.
Holly McCarthy Theatre is a form of entertainment that continually pushes boundaries. In a quest to break down barriers for actors and audiences, on...
Curtain Up really is a marvelous celebration of theatre in London and New York. It explores the entire journey of the productions, from conception to centre stage, with a great collection of personal artifacts that rarely see the light.
At 23, I was under the assumption that a shop containing every single domestic cleaning product you could ever want, would be far from my mind; replaced only by casual sex and 'Meeting new people'- something I have not done in a long time.
Anyone who reads my column here in the Huff knows I regularly sing the praises of the Disability Arts Scene. I feel it is a place where art surpasses any constraints of impairment and explodes any stereotypes of disability with creativity and output that challenges the mainstream art world to achieve anywhere near it's standard.
I really believe in the power of creativity to help. For me, it's writing. But equally all forms of creative expression are vital, whether that's doodling on a napkin or listening to super loud music and singing along at the top of your lungs.
MUSICALS IN LONDON "Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize abou...