My debut novel is now out in the world… available in hardback, as an eBook and as an audiobook. For links to online retailers, click here, or The LRB Bookshop and Waterstones in Sheffield have some signed copies!Continue reading “What Time is Love is published!”
Charlie Josephine: ‘The backlash to I, Joan was painful – but we saw it coming’
Charlie Josephine is done writing plays that just point out a problem – they’ve decided their work needs to at least attempt to offer some solution, however imperfect.
“I had never hung out with people with wealth like that”: why social class still matters in relationships
Love across the divide is a common theme in romantic stories – from Pride and Prejudice to Wuthering Heights, to The Notebook and Normal People, differences in wealth, status, family expectations, and cultural capital in a relationship are reliably knotty territory. And the divisive nature of class hasn’t exactly gone away in contemporary Britain.
Travis Alabanza on Sound of the Underground: ‘Who can make a show about money fun? Only drag performers’
Travis Alabanza is taking over: this month, the writer and performer leads a group of London’s underground cabaret legends as they go above ground – all the way to the main stage of the Royal Court theatre.
Review: WARHOLCAPOTE, Rob Roth
Not many stars have stalkers who become as famous as them – but Andy Warhol achieved the same renown as his idol Truman Capote. By 1978 the two were not only friends, but were even plotting to write a Broadway show together based on their taped conversations.
Review: Betty!, Manchester Royal Exchange
Betty Boothroyd might not seem an obvious choice for a musical, but she did begin her career as showgirl with the Tiller Girls – and besides, this gloriously odd musical ain’t exactly Evita.
Review: The Glass Menagerie, Manchester Royal Exchange
At last, Atri Banerjee’s production of Tennessee Williams’s play sees the light: it was due to be staged in spring 2020. While the cast and team have re-assembled, Banerjee and designer Rosanna Vize completely reworked their plans, to take into account what we’ve all been through since then.
Three Theaters, Three Plays, One Cast, All at Once
Rock/Paper/Scissors is a triptych of plays designed to be performed by one cast, at the same time, in three different theaters.
The great 16th-Century black composer erased from history
The Western classical music canon is notoriously white and male – so you might assume that a black Renaissance composer would be a figure of significant interest, much-performed and studied. In fact, the story of the first known published black composer – Vicente Lusitano – is only now being heard, alongside a revival of interest in his long-neglected choral music.
Money matters – financial inequality in straight relationships
Jasmine’s sitting across from David* in the pub. It’s their first date and he’s living up to his Tinder profile – charming, good-looking, ambitious and kind. He paid for dinner, but when she tries to get a round of drinks, he won’t let her.
Why real love stories aren’t about fate or destiny
Have you ever wondered if you would have fallen in love with the same people if you’d lived in a different time? Would you even have met them, in an era with different social mobility – and if you had, would the relationships have worked out?