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The Political Is Personal

I’ll always remember the condescending smile on the face of my interlocutor as I finally walked away. The argument was, unbelievably, about the continuing need for feminism, which my adversary contended was out of date. “Can you name a single instance in your life where you’ve been discriminated against?” My failure to come up with … Continue reading

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Think Drink Do: Innovation from Paper, November 2014

I always enjoy innovation agency Paper’s Think Drink Do events, in which they have a series of speakers focusing on behaviour change and related concepts followed by a practical crowdsourcing innovation exercise. This time we had Cath Richardson from the Government Digital Service providing insights about how to encourage government departments to focus on citizen … Continue reading

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Autobahn at King’s Head Theatre: Review for Everything Theatre

I reviewed Autobahn at the King’s Head Theatre for Everything Theatre: Niel LaBute’s love of language and the anxieties of using it is enormously appealing. In each of the seven short plays that make up Autobahn the characters question whether they’re using words correctly, whether they’ve captured exactly what they mean, whether they’ve cheapened a … Continue reading

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Autobahn at King’s Head Theatre: Review for Everything Theatre

I reviewed Autobahn at the King’s Head Theatre for Everything Theatre: Niel LaBute’s love of language and the anxieties of using it is enormously appealing. In each of the seven short plays that make up Autobahn the characters question whether they’re using words correctly, whether they’ve captured exactly what they mean, whether they’ve cheapened a … Continue reading

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Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can’t See: a Guest Post for Quite Irregular

My friend and colleague Jem Bloomfield has once again allowed me to insinuate myself into his Quite Irregular blog, this time with some thoughts on blindfolded musicians.  I wrote this after the image of a blindfolded pianist glimpsed during the National Theatre’s current production of Edward II put me in mind of blindfolded musicians in … Continue reading

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Merry Widows and Gay Divorcees: Gender & Power in Marriage Narratives

After reading my friend & colleague Dr Jem Bloomfield’s post on Twelfth Night and “Mapp and Lucia”, which focused on the discomforts caused by sexual tension (or imagined sexual tension) between sets of people in social power relationships of inequality, I had some follow-up thoughts.  For Jem, the focus of these two narratives on “the … Continue reading

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The Tempest

I went to see The Tempest at the RSC Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon while I was there. This was the first performance of that particular play I’d ever seen, though I was vaguely familiar with the plot. To start with the theatre itself: what an absolutely remarkable building. The play’s staging made full use of the … Continue reading