I ♥ Bobby Briggs by Jane E. Thompson

Really, I’ve found the below much harder to write than it should be. Perhaps because I’m still in the midst of working out what the hell it is I’m doing and I’m not yet ready to articulate it. Excuse me as I bumble through. Read on at your own risk! To put it simply: I’ve…

an essay on failure by angus cameron

When I was much younger I read the Wikipedia page for the Ingmar Bergman film Persona. I identified with it instantly and knew it was going to be one of my favourite films. I had a moment of inspiration and I wrote an idea down in my journal of ideas. It was a film (or…

part three: grief and music

It’s a Sunday night and I’m walking back towards Lygon Street after seeing a friend’s show at La Mama. There’s a double-bass player busking, still playing from when I’d been heading towards the theatre several hours earlier. What is he playing?  Camille Saint-Saëns The Swan. That fucker. It is sometimes a terrible thing that sound…

play thirty five: fewer emergencies

Author: Martin Crimp Published: 2005 Synopsis: “A group of people sit and tell stories. The first is about a woman who realises her marriage is a mistake but stays, colluding with her husband in living a public lie while wreaking damage and violence behind closed doors. In the second a Dunblane type massacre has occurred;…

play thirty four: hippolytus

Author: Euripides Published: 428BC Translator: Anne Carson Synopsis: Aphrodite is furious for Hippolytus’ refusal of her power and his avowal of chastity to the goddess Artemis. She curses him by forcing his stepmother, Phaedra, to fall in love with him. Phaedra wishes to kill herself to be released from this illicit burden but her nurse…