HOW TO WRITE ABOUT THEATRE
by Mark Fisher
"A perfect introduction to what could be a lifetime of pleasure"
British Theatre Guide
With a foreword by Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
23 April 2017 The Guardian
By Mark Murphy. A Mark Murphy and V-TOL theatre review.
IN 2004, Anthony Neilson staged The Wonderful World of Dissocia. It was a play of two halves. It began with an Alice in Wonderland fantasia, equal parts funny, surreal and alarming. After the interval, the scene jumped to an arid hospital ward, making us realise we’d previously been privy to a young woman’s manic episode, before her medication kicked in. Something similar happens in Mark Murphy’s ambitious Out of this World, only much earlier on. The patient this time is Ellen Jones, played by a superb Sarah Swire, athletic, downbeat and desperate. Her Wonderland is somewhere between the gravity-resistant theatre of Robert Lepage and the enigmatic symbolism of David Lynch. Eager to make sense of her surroundings, she finds herself lost in a confounding universe, hampered by officialdom, tossed into the air and dwarfed by the explosive sunbursts and shattering glass of video projections that fill the walls.
31 Oct 2016 The Guardian
A NATION divided. Two factions at war over foreigners. One side claims to tell it like it is. The other cries racism. Neither can agree. Brexit Britain? Well, yes, but also Birmingham in April 1968.That was when the Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West forced immigration on to the political agenda. His name was Enoch Powell and what he called his Birmingham speech would prove even more incendiary than he’d hoped. Reacting to Labour’s Race Relations Act, Powell argued that allowing mass immigration from the Commonwealth was “literally mad” and prophesied doom in the language of the Roman poet Virgil: “Like the Roman, I seem to see the River Tiber foaming with much blood.”
by Mark Fisher
"Every single page of this book is enhanced by Mark Fisher’s lifelong enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the greatest arts festival in the world."
Kath M Mainland
Chief executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
REVIEWS, thoughts and observations about theatre in Scotland.
ARTICLES about theatre published in the daily newspaper and online
RECENT articles about theatre published in the fortnightly events guide.
SAMPLE articles, reviews and CV by the writer, editor and theatre critic.
FEATURES on a range of subjects, plus some reviews.
REVIEWS, articles and extensive database about Scottish theatre.
REVIEWS and news items about Scottish theatre in the US theatre bible.
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