‘It’s about exploring the male and female that everyone has inside them’: on playing Salomé as a man

Published in The i on May 12, 2017

Salomé: one of the most dangerously seductive female figures ever, often considered the original femme fatale. Yet in a new production of Oscar Wilde’s 1891 play at the RSC, Salomé is to be played by a man. Continue reading “‘It’s about exploring the male and female that everyone has inside them’: on playing Salomé as a man”

Review: Nuclear War, Royal Court

‘A series of suggestions for a piece of theatre.’ So says the introduction to Simon Stephens’ new play, a short piece directed by choreographer Imogen Knight.

Welcome to the Places of my Life

I wrote a piece for Oh Comely about a project with pals: Welcome to the Places of My Life, named after the Alan Partridge guide to Norwich, sees us visiting each other’s our hometowns, and reliving our teenage experiences.

Review: The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios

First staged in 1970, Christopher Hampton’s comedy gets a revival stuffed with comic actors off the telly. You can see why: this groaning period piece, directed by Simon Callow, needs all the comedic help it can get. It’s not enough.

Zip-lining: enjoy a birds-eye view and protect the rainforest in Laos

To one side, the rainforest stretches away in folds of blue-green to the horizon. On the other, a 120m waterfall crashes down a vertical rock face, so close I can feel the spray on my face. And below? Just empty space and rushing air, between me and a canopy of the lush trees

Why the decline of school theatre trips is extremely worrying

Do you remember the first time you were taken to the theatre? If you’re reading this, the chances are, you do – and that first taste might well have been part of a school trip. But recent reports suggest such outings are increasingly endangered.

Simeon Solomon and the Victorian view of same-sex desire

Queer British Art at Tate Britain offers just over a century of works exploring fluid gender identities and same-sex desire. You might expect the show to display a gradual opening up, with increasingly explicit or unabashed imagery. Not so: the work of one of the first artists featured, Simeon Solomon potently telegraphs homosexual desire from as early as the mid-1800s.