Culture
08 June 2009
What is a playwright? Is it someone slaving away alone in their garret at a story they want to tell about the world?...
Culture
12 March 2009
Theatre is a left-wing conspiracy, right? The British stage is a den of pinkos bent on subverting the social order?...
Culture
28 August 2008
Festival: noun, a day or period of celebration; gaiety, revelry, merrymaking. adj, typical of or appropriate to a...
Culture
07 February 2008
Is art funny? Is comedy anything but? In my work as a stand-up critic, I often bemoan the lack of artistic ambition in...
Culture
10 January 2008
Some comedians have nothing interesting to say about the world - and say it interminably. "Their message," says the...
Culture
06 December 2007
Anthony Neilson has a swaggering reputation - partly gained through the scorching "in-yer-face" plays (Penetrator, The...
Culture
02 October 2006
His last two visits to the British Isles have ended with a bang. At the Kilkenny comedy festival in June, the US stand-...
UK Politics
09 May 2005
Not a great election for comedy, was it? There may have been the usual glib satirical parries on Radio 4, but if you...