Tag Archives: Al Smith

Diary of a Madman

Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London (****)

© Iona Firouzabadi, Guy Clark (Matthew White), Liam Brennan (Pop Sheeran)

© Iona Firouzabadi, Guy Clark (Matthew White), Liam Brennan (Pop Sheeran)

Bumptious, mouthy, cheeky – Al Smith’s adaptation of Gogol’s short story, Diary of a Madman is all these things and then some. A metaphor that rages about Scottish independence, national identity and corporate take-over wrapped up in the story of a humble man driven mad by loss, Christopher Haydon’s sparky, irreverent production understandably set tongues wagging during its initial run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Continue reading

HighTide Festival

Aldeburgh, Suffolk

****HighTide at Aldeburgh

This, my second visit to the influential HighTide festival (now in its 9th year) saw it settled into a new home in the small, beautiful Suffolk seaside town of Aldeburgh. More usually associated with Benjamin Britten and the music festival he helped launch with partner, Peter Pears I’ve no doubt future years will see it as associated with HighTide, its drama equivalent. It offers so much for a theatre festival with an array of venues if, strangely, less sympathetic to the spoken words than HighTide’s previous home in Halesworth.HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh, Sept 2015HighTide Festival at Aldeburgh Continue reading