Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Mon 7 Nov

To those who are less than accustomed to the drama school ritual of rehearsed readings, it may seem like a bit of a cop out when actors keep their scripts in hand. Like a Michelin-starred chef dishing out cookie dough or an estate agent selling you a brick, this style of drama is arguably of little interest to those not involved in the creative development of a work. Indeed, to these doubters, scripts delivered still in flat-pack format can seem like the theatrical equivalent of buying furniture from Ikea. Continue reading “TORTOISE | REHEARSED READING”


Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Wed 15–Sat 18 June

At first glance, Séan Tyrone seems like your average coming of age narrative. Indeed, all the key elements of such a genre are there as Jack O’Brien travels from Country Tyrone to south Wales with a view to follow in his father’s footsteps. Yet, unlike a simple Bildungsroman, this is not a tale of a central character navigating his place in a stable world. Complicating the narrative journey from naïve to experienced, in Mark Ryan’s intriguing play it is not just the protagonist’s identity which is elusive, making for a alluringly unsettling production. Continue reading “SEAN TYRONE | THEATRE PREVIEW”


Chapter, Cardiff
Tue 12 Apr


There’s something very liberating about buses. When you want to stop, all you need to do is press the little square button and you’ll generally be out within the next few seconds. Trains, on the other hand, are very different. Committed to a track and a designated number of stations, they leave you with no real choice but to go on with what you have started. In this way, they are very much like the latest play from Ian Rowlands. Continue reading “DESIRE LINES | REVIEW”


Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Fri 8- Sat 23 April

Glance at any city landscape, and man’s desire to go about his important business in style becomes painfully apparent. To understand this fully, just squint down the grand Champs-Élysées, a dignified pavement designed to lead jubilant parades to the Arc de Triomphe. In the other of the two cities, the tale is still the same; The Mall delivers officials and delegates to Buckingham Palace, making clear they’re not traipsing a dingy cul-de-sac. If it’s God you’re looking for, Via della Conciliazione will take you to the Vatican from Castel Sant’ Angelo, leaving you  no chance of getting lost. Indeed, our cities are marked by an unquenchable desire to walk down roads of pomp and prestige. These are the avenues that deliver us to our Kings and Gods, weighty routes that can only be taken with an air of purpose and direction. Continue reading “DESIRE LINES | THEATRE PREVIEW”


Wed 23-Sat 26 March

Chapter, Cardiff

The timing is impeccable. Just one month after Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, South Wales Theatre Collective prepare to put on their adaptation of Death and the Maiden, a tense moral thriller by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman. Fittingly, this is a play about anywhere that’s moved into a democracy and it explores the personal and emotional repercussions that reverberate after political organisations drastically shift. Continue reading “DEATH AND THE MAIDEN | THEATRE PREVIEW”