Review: Six the Musical, Arts Theatre

Published in Time Out on August 31, 2018

‘Remember us from your GCSEs?’

It’s Henry VIII’s six wives – and they’re back, bitch, to re-tell ‘her-story’ as a slick, sassy girl band. Think Euro-pop remixes of ‘Greensleeves’, Anne Boleyn spouting tweenage text-speak (‘everybody chill/it’s totes God’s will’), and K-Howard warbling #MeToo tales of gropey employers. Continue reading “Review: Six the Musical, Arts Theatre”

The artist who triumphed over her shocking rape and torture

Published in BBC Culture on August 27, 2018

“The works shall speak for themselves.” So wrote Artemisia Gentileschi in 1649, in a letter to a patron acknowledging her rare position in the art world at that time: a painter, and a woman. Although all too aware that she had a harder job being taken seriously, she had faith in her talent, her work. Continue reading “The artist who triumphed over her shocking rape and torture”

Fleabag’s Vicky Jones: ‘After #MeToo, I feel people are more ready to talk’

Published in The Stage on July 10, 2018

Looking back at her first play, Vicky Jones says: “I don’t think I’ve written anything as brutal since,” before adding: “I’m sort of appalled and proud at the same time.” Continue reading “Fleabag’s Vicky Jones: ‘After #MeToo, I feel people are more ready to talk’”

‘Dismantle capitalism and overturn the patriarchy’: Why The Writer is more than just a #MeToo play

Published in The Independent on April 24, 2018

The Writer opens with a crackling interaction between a young woman and an older man. He’s a director, she’s a writer. He has the power – and he’s turned on by the commercial potential of her rage. Continue reading “‘Dismantle capitalism and overturn the patriarchy’: Why The Writer is more than just a #MeToo play”

Opera star Danielle de Niese: ‘It’s good to put a modern face on opera’

Published in The Independent on March 22, 2018

When Soprano Danielle de Niese was asked to present a televised singing competition, The Glyndebourne Opera Cup for young performers, the decision was a no-brainer. “Of course I was going to say yes. I am literally married to this place: in my heart, artistically, and also because of Gus.” Continue reading “Opera star Danielle de Niese: ‘It’s good to put a modern face on opera’”