Making more monsters: Blood and Ice, Liz Lochhead, Sewell Barn Theatre

“Feminism is like the hoovering: you just have to keep doing it,” once said Liz Lochhead, former Makar (poet laureate) of Scotland; and Lochhead has been true to her word, with a distinguished literary career often featuring feminist icons: Medea, Mary Queen of Scots, and here Mary Godwin, daughter of pioneering thinker Mary Wollstonecraft (author of A…

Midsummer Mischief A at the RSC: new works by Timberlake Wertenbaker and Alice Birch

Libby Purves kindly invited me to review at the RSC for her website Theatrecat.com. There were two plays in Midsummer Mischief Programme A: THE ANT AND THE CICADA – Timberlake Wertenbaker Using intimate family faultlines, strong-armed semi-legal negotiation and the louring shadow of Fascism to create an explosive, conflicting atmosphere of fulfilment and betrayal, Wertenbaker’s…