the nativity play or we three by hayley lawson-smith

We’re onto our final batch of dinner and a show writers for 2018 and we have the divine Hayley Lawson-Smith here to launch us. Christmas is a weird time. It’s just about the ultimate in religious and cultural perversion at the hands of commercial enterprise. The outward projection of Christmas is of a time to be…

ghostboy by charles o’grady

Charles O’Grady shares some thoughts on our next dinner and a show text ghostboy. ghostboy is an experiment on several levels. First and foremost, it represents a fascination I’ve had for several years with the idea of doing horror genre texts on stage – something I think people tend to assume isn’t possible, given the number of…

part four: sisters

Orc face at the dinner table: three kinds of ugly my pretty sister taught me My sister is the pretty one. She is the thin one. She is the popular one. She is the dark-haired, freckled, blue-eyed-beauty one.   I am the other one. This is how we like to frame the relationship between sisters:…

part three: forgiveness

This is your daily reminder: Scandinavians do everything better (Also, choose love) It was only our third or fourth rehearsal when, after a particularly tense interaction between Belinda McClory’s Tilly and Emily Tomlins’ Egg, Belinda looked at Liv and said ‘you’ll need to remind me to choose love, because it’s so much easier to fight’….

part two: women and surveillance

Watching women: an ode to the eternal inadequacy of pockets on women’s clothing Or, Hey, how come the Western Canon is full of naked women taking naps in odd places. The concept of the male gaze is a recent phenomenon, formally identified by Laura Mulvey in her article ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’ where she…