The Guardian 3 Feb 2021

Haruki Murakami would have called it What I Talk About When I Talk About Weightlifting. The title chosen by playwright Stef Smith is The Deadlift. Like Murakami’s book on running, this dreamy meditation on a trip to the gym switches between the physical and the metaphysical, capturing a weightlifter’s meandering thoughts and juxtaposing them with the fleshy reality of joints, hamstrings and shoulder blades.

Drifting and poetic, hers is the first episode of Earwig, a series of six “audio drama podcasts” directed by Finn den Hertog for Glasgow’s Tron theatre. The brainchild of composer Danny Krass, the 15-minute instalments are designed for headphones, their sonic landscapes swirling around you, all echoes, percussive effects and ambient sound. [READ MORE]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).