Literature

A Well-Measured ‘Measure’

Measure for Measure - production poster

Measure for Measure – Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, RSC Measure for Measure is that difficult beast, a tragicomedy, and my experiences have to date been somewhat mixed – but this fine production from the RSC was fresh, innovative and often moving. My previous encounters with the play have tended to stress neither the tragic nor the comic so much…

A Rosy ‘Importance’!

Publicity Poster for Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames Written over a hundred years ago, Oscar Wilde’s comedies remain popular. Last year, it was the turn of An Ideal Husband to grace the West End, alongside countless amateur, school and regional productions. And this year, within the last month, two productions of The…

Who needs The Inbetweeners?

Sunset over Mull

So the Summer Holidays drew to a close with a visit to the cinema to see The Inbetweeners. Of course, I laughed throughout, not least at moments of painful self-recognition. It’s cleverly observed, shrewdly written and somewhere there’s compassion for the characters. But somewhere it’s also vacuous: after the booze and the bonks there’s not…