Holly Williams

Holly Williams is an arts and features writer for The Independent on Sunday.

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Mother Courage and her Children, Merthyr Labour Club, review: Brecht gets the Valleys treatment

National Theatre Wales offer an imaginative interpretation

Cutting edge: Ragevan Vasan stars in Avaes Mohammad’s Hurling Rubble at the Sun

Avaes Mohammad: Playwright on making two plays on Muslim terrorism and white fascism

'There’s something weird going on when people born and raised here are willing to destroy this country'

The Angry Brigade, Bush Theatre, review: a real play of two halves

James Graham's play tackles explosive Seventies' politics

Janet Etuk as Grace in Beyond Caring

Beyond Caring, National Theatre, review: a stark look at the lives behind the political posturing on zero-hours contracts

Alexander Zeldin's painfully comic play is set in a meat factory

Stephen Wight as the fashion designer and Dianna Agron as Dahlia in McQueen

Alexander McQueen play: James Phillips on bringing the fashion designer's life to the West End

Can the play do justice to the visionary genius?

The Lost Child by Caryl Phillips - book review: Wuthering lows

It’s all buttoned-up Britishness and wasting away in bedsits

Phoebe and Jonathan Pryce in The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe

Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

West is the son of Tim West and Prunella Scales, has starred in plays including 'Hamlet', 'Arcadia', 'Enron' and 'Betrayal', and was artistic director of Sheffield Theatres from 2005 to 2007

At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison - book review: Knee-deep in old England

Carefully crafted writing but a wearyingly elegiac mood bogs the novel down

The playwright Caryl Churchill
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine