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
22 March 2017 The Guardian
NOEL Coward’s silly, subversive 1925 comedy is the missing link between William Shakespeare and Edward Albee. Set in a country house on a humid and tempestuous June weekend, Hay Fever takes four singletons, subjects them to a midsummer night’s dream of misplaced desire and warped romance and, once the spell wears off, sends them home to the rational world of the city. Nobody says “Methought I was enamoured of an ass” – but the sense remains. In the roles of Oberon and Titania are the hosts from hell, David and Judith Bliss (Benny Baxter-Young and Susan Wooldridge), a pair of free-thinking narcissists whose love-hate relationship not only anticipates that of Elyot and Amanda in Coward’s Private Lives but also acts as the model for George and Martha in Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In league with their grown-up children, Simon and Sorel, they play a callous game of sexual one-upmanship using their hapless houseguests as disposable pawns.
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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