I was recently very rankled on behalf of my playwriterly friends Down Under because of the appearance of this essay, The Australian Bad Play, by one Jana Perkovic, who amongst other things is a self-described "urbanist," which is unfair but fun to single out. I was rankled mainly because a quick, superficial gloss of the thing seems … Continue reading Dealing with the Bourgeois Play
Bobo and I dragged ourselves out of our homes to visit Books Actually late last Friday night when the bookshop was doing a crazy open-for-24-hours thing. We were there in service of Ms. Pooja Nansi, one half of the hilariously-named Mango Dollies, which hilariously-named duo was performing that night. MD is a poetry-and-blues double act. … Continue reading Mango Dollies
Last Sunday, 30 March, I was roped in to something called Writer X Writer at the Arts House. Even out of context it sounds like two writers thrown into a metal cage and made to mud-wrestle. Which probably isn't too far off from what I think the Arts House --co-organiser with indie bookstore giant (cf. … Continue reading Schlepping at the Arts House Part 2
So I've just emerged from a week at The Arts House 10th Anniversary, which is overstating my actual involvement in the thing. I was mostly there to drink gala night wine, schmooze a bit, watch a play I'd written and bitch with friends. I wrote a short play, Hotel, for the proceedings, part of a multi-site-specific … Continue reading Schlepping at the Arts House Part 1.