The Government Inspector/Lee Miller, Chichester Theatre
The Government Inspector\Six Pictures of Lee Miller (Chichester) – Carole Woddis
*** (three stars\****)four stars)
It was a strange day to be seeing anything, never mind a double bill in West Sussex. How could anything, even Gogol’s gloriously ripe social farce or a musical about an American social rebel from upstate New York have anything useful to say about the reality of mayhem brought to one’s own backyard. On 7\705, I left London with a strange sense of unreality and returned at midnight with even stronger feelings of misgivings to a reality I really didn’t care to be returning to. Continue reading →
Howard Brenton, extended Q&A interview for The Arts Desk
HOWARD BRENTON – THEARTSDESK – Carole Woddis July 13, 2010
Howard Brenton (b: 1942) is always in the process of being `rediscovered’. Yet Brenton has been at the heart of British theatrical life for the past forty years, since his debut in 1969 with Christie in Love. True he has had the odd decade out of the theatrical limelight – `went out of fashion’ in his own phrase – when he just happened to pen some of the best, liveliest scripts on television with the BBC’s spy drama series, Spooks (2002-2005). Continue reading →
Stevie `Peggy’ Florence Margaret Smith was north London’s singular Palmers Green poet of suburbia. If John Betjeman was sometimes able to cast a rosy glow over suburban life, `Stevie’ Smith is the one who consistently bursts its bubble with a keen eye and acerbic tongue.