THE PASSOVER FILES – A poem sequence for Easter Week
A trawl through an old school year book and the realisation of how many contemporaries had ended their own lives underlined for writer Pearse Elliott the truth that suicide is so prevalent it has acquired the force of the inevitable.
Birds may be delightfully ever-present in Tim Cunningham’s new collection; but John Forth finds that the poems amount to much more than merely a nature tour
Thomas Ovans finds that Jo Colley’s flying-related collection deals with much more than aeroplanes
Two plays about the black community, one a revival set in Trinidad in the 1950s, one even earlier, set in the US in the early part of the 20th century. Both have plenty to tell us about the communities from which they’ve sprung.
In the weeks leading up to Easter, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs reflects on the surprising longevity of Frank Morison’s 1930 book which examines events surrounding the first Good Friday.
John Ford (1586-c1640) doesn’t make it easy. A play, set in Sparta (in Elizabethan costume) about jealousy, love and revenge, his language and construction not to mention names of characters – Orgilus, Amyclas, Nearchus, Prophilus, Ithocles etc – stretch comprehension not to say pronunciation to an actor’s and audience’s limit.
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.
Thomas Ovans finds it easy to get into the spirit of a post-Cold War thriller by Maggie Hamand
This is political theatre of today at its most dynamic. Lustgarten’s play is set during the controversial 2011 Roboski massacre when Turkish Armed Forces dropped bombs on unarmed smugglers.
This is a modern realisation of Sophokles’ political drama that is as pertinent now as it was in the late 440s BCE.
Merryn Williams is moved by the celebrations of lives of past and present friends in Pat Buik’s latest chapbook.