Writing

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I write both for and about theatre, in both creative and scholarly modes.

I edit or adapt extensively all the play texts I direct, including two full versions of foreign-language texts (Schiller’s Mary Stuart and Erdman’s The Suicide).

I’ve written several essays and papers on Shakespeare and actor training (including a contribution to The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare), as well as full introductions to the plays I’ve directed for casts and creatives, and programme notes for productions. I’m currently working on a chapter on Shakespeare’s dramaturgy for an edited collection, and on a book.

I haven’t written much dramatic criticism, feeling that it perhaps sits ill with making art myself; but I did see one very high-profile production a while back which angered me enough to write a fairly scathing essay on it. I posted it on Facebook, but many readers have encouraged me to publish it elsewhere – so here it is: What makest thou of this? – the Benedict Cumberbatch ‘Hamlet’.