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Yorkshire Tragedies

10 January 2017

Towards the end of last year, I watched Happy Valley, a BBC crime drama written by Sally Wainwright and set in North Yorkshire. Series 1 aired in April 2014; series 2 aired in February...

How to Know a Good Play From a Bad

10 August 2016

How do we know if a play is good? As I’ve said in previous blog posts, I think a narrow focus on a small number of plays or authors closes off encounters with the startling variety...

The World Beaumont Congress

3 August 2016

This week I’m attending the World Shakespeare Congress, with hundreds of people from around the world. I thought it would be funny to do some (very light) trolling of the...

Tweets to the Tweet

5 July 2016

Last month The Shakespeare Institute continued an admirable recent tradition of marathon play readings. Led by Martin Wiggins, The Institute hosted a succession of readings of the complete...