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What Makes Us Laugh?: Jesse Armstrong Talks to Ned Beauman at Lutyens & Rubinstein

Love, Sex & Other Foreign Policy Goals, the debut novel by The Thick of It and Peep Show writer Jesse Armstrong, is about a idealistic theatre troupe that travels to the Balkans in 1994. His discussion with Ned Beauman shed light on what it means to be funny. Read more →

Other People

Of all the irritations of the cinema, other people are the worst. A modern cinema audience may chatter, eat, obscure the view, throw litter, snore and confidently make pronouncements on the plot to all and sundry. Friends will shush friends, then giggle. There are people who I know and love and have planned to murder for 90 painful minutes on a weekend, listening to them talk back to the characters on screen, self-censored by a half-whisper, which only goes to show they know that they are doing something forbidden. It’s true: you are. Read more →
Richard Smyth

Short Story: “A Professor on the Lawn” by Richard Smyth

"You must be so brainy," the girl said. I remember that. I think – I think – that when she said that she was perched upon my arthritic old knee. I may have – you know – jiggled her a bit. Playfully. I don’t really recall.
We loved this funny, sad story as soon as we heard it. Read by actor Greg Page. Read more →

“Don’t you love farce?” The Magistrate as tragi-comic hero at the National Theatre

For an abject lesson in how to stage a classic farce, you could do a lot worse than the National Theatre's current production of Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Magistrate. It is the set that immediately captures your attention. Designed by Katrina Lindsay, a wooden city bursts out across the stage, topped with a bow and labelled with the play’s title in scrawled handwriting, creating a chaotic, higgledy-piggledy playground-like arena in which the cast are free to explore their outrageous characters and the wealth of ridiculous scrapes they get themselves into. Those expecting subtlety or a light touch will be sorely disappointed. With performances that match the scenery in garish vivacity, it was obvious that a great deal of effort had gone into every aspect of this delightfully silly production. The play works all the better for this, and sometimes it’s nice to have all the work done for you. Read more →

Part 2: The Road to Edinburgh

Clementine Wade presenting

Whenever we meet someone new, we ask two stock questions in order to identify them:

1. What’s your name?
2. What do you do?

If you ever meet me, particularly after a few glasses of wine, let me apologise in advance for the rather long-winded response that may greet you: “I am a comedian, writer, director, producer, casting director, designer, editor, presenter, teacher, entrepreneur, advertiser, publicist…” The list goes on.

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The Anti-Slam London: Anti Valentine Special

If you Google ‘anti slam’ you get a bunch of information about a pretentious-sounding poetry movement which took place in the Lower East Side of Manhattan a few years ago. Happily this event is absolutely nothing like that. The inspired idea behind this particular type of anti slam is a simple one: bring together a group of talented performance poets, and then challenge them to write and perform the worst poem they can possibly come up with.

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