VOD: Oggs. More poetry for you. OREGON: Right. I’ll get the wheelbarrow. — Fresh Meat. Series 4, Episode 4. On Thursday night, I went to the London launch of Magma, a poetry magazine with a rotating editorship which devotes each issue to a chosen theme. The theme of Issue 64 was ‘Risk’, and guest editors Jon … More Fresh Meat’s Poetry Problem
Judging by the songs available on YouTube, the Broadway musical Something Rotten strikes an interesting balance between propagating familiar pop-cultural myths about the early modern period and unpicking some of those assumptions through playful anachronism. The opening number, for example, welcomes us to ‘the Renaissance/Where everything is new’: far from a transitional period still processing and remaking its … More It’s hard to be the Bard – but why?
This article originally appeared on The Missing Slate. There was a time when poetry and drama were indissoluble. That time was most of literary history: from the theatre of ancient Athens until the English Civil War, the idea that some or all of a play might be written in verse was both conventional and uncontroversial. In … More Whatever Happened to Verse Drama?
This article was originally published by Blogging Shakespeare. ‘This other magic, it will not do, sir.’ – Gilbert Norrell ‘But Shakespear’s Magick could not copy’d be, Within that Circle none durst walk but he.’ – John Dryden It’s entirely possible that my thesis is giving me tunnel vision, but the way characters discuss the ‘wild, cruel, … More Jonathan Strange and the Friends of English Verse Drama
This article was originally published on Blogging Shakespeare. As Christopher Marlowe anachronistically says in Anonymous, six years after his historical death: ‘It’s difficult to write, isn’t it? After watching something like Hamlet. It eats at you – at your soul…’ And it’s especially difficult to write a verse play. I’m a PhD researcher at the Shakespeare … More Speaking the Speech
In the lead-up to the Fringe, two sites have published interviews about Free for All. You can find me discussing the show on Broadway Baby, and on Vile Arts.
This article was originally written as a guest blog for A Younger Theatre. Setting yourself up as a verse dramatist in 2015 is a risky business. As dangerous, old-fashioned professions go, writing a play in iambic pentameter isn’t quite up there with chimney-sweeping. But since the hopefully-fragrant retirement of the last gong-farmers, who carried ‘night soil’ … More How to approach modern verse drama (and why almost no one does)