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Saturday 02 June 2012
I learned two things while I was reading this book. First, that true stories can be more exciting and extraordinary than fictional ones. And second, that the best books are the ones where you are glued to your seat. This is how it was with The Perfect Storm.
Friday 28 October 2011
Friday 28 October 2011
I just wanted to write a play that told the story of the people involved in an extraordinary series of events. I am not a Stoppard or a Hare, I am neither intellectual nor political but I think drama leavened with humour is the best medium for communicating the complexity of right and wrong, and the shades of grey between. But most of all I want people to be intrigued, and hopefully moved by, the extraordinary story of Mirza Tahir Hussain, who is the subject of my new play, which I'm also starring in, at the Arts Theatre.
Friday 26 August 2011
In 1985 I bought a 30p second-hand paperback because I liked the title: 'The Demolished Man', by Alfred Bester. This fits into a rare category of novel - short science-fiction - and I read it during my first two days as a student. University promised friends, drinks, adventures, but I preferred life on Mars. On the third day, I read it again.
Wednesday 24 August 2011
I really like it up here. If Britain was a house, then Scotland is this beautiful airy loft with hills in it. And catching the train is like climbing the stairs. Climbing the stairs from London for four-and-half hours, after which your legs would be well achey, but the view is worth it.
Monday 01 August 2011
Emma Stone didn't know about 'Spider-Man' before signing up to star in it.
Sunday 24 July 2011
Friday 13 May 2011
I wonder if I understand Jon Fosse's play. What I do know on my pulses is that the 70 minutes of Patrice Chéreau's production at the Young Vic constitute some of the greatest theatre I have ever witnessed. Three men in a boat? No – two men on a sailing vessel. Or maybe one man divided. They are called, slightly irritatingly, The One and The Other and they are played flawlessly by Tom Brooke and Jack Laskey.
Sunday 27 March 2011
Saturday 15 January 2011
Cavernous the main stand at the Stadium of Light may be, but within its bowels, the opposing dressing rooms are just about within earshot of each other and the hosts are determined to test that out tomorrow. Revenge might not be so much a dish served cold, more one laden with decibels.
Friday 14 January 2011
"My sophomore year in high school, I killed a woman", confesses one narrator; "One year a kid brought a gun to school and shot his ex-girlfriend at brunch because she had a new boyfriend", reveals another.
Thursday 06 January 2011
Clinton Cards has emerged as another casualty of the severe winter weather after revealing today that its profits will be significantly short of City hopes.
Thursday 04 November 2010
"Ann Widdecombe is up for a laugh and seems to be enjoying herself. She is being very entertaining – light entertainment harms no one."
Tuesday 02 November 2010
A man faces charges of wearing a mask or hood in public after police arrested him on Halloween night and charged him under a rarely used old law designed to combat the Ku Klux Klan.
Monday 01 November 2010
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
- 1 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 2 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'