Three Eggs by Mike Snelle
June 12, 2011 – 11:00 am | No Comment

The three eggs were the palest of blues, almost white, and were freckled unevenly with tiny brown specks. They were the most beautiful things Thomas had ever held in his hands. He had seen plenty …

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FLIP SEAT FRINGE – KINGDOM OF EARTH
May 6, 2011 – 1:27 pm | No Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – KINGDOM OF EARTH

by Adam Smith
The first, and arguably most important thing to say here, is that the cast
of Kingdom of Earth has nailed the accents. Tennessee Williams is such an
expert at creating a sense of place through …

BOOKS – COMPARE THE MARKET: TRAVELS THROUGH VANITY BOOKSELLING
January 24, 2011 – 9:47 pm | No Comment

By Adam Smith

Last Christmas the autobiography of the price-comparing meerkat shot to the top of the bestseller list. While novelty books are nothing new, their popularity is easily attacked by critics of a …

THEATRE – A DOLL’S HOUSE
January 10, 2011 – 8:49 pm | No Comment
THEATRE – A DOLL’S HOUSE

by Adam Smith

Theatregoers crossing Cambridge Circus cannot miss the enormous stiletto above the entrance to the Palace Theatre. This glittery eyesore represents the huge, brash success of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Cross-dressing …

INTERVIEW – MELISSA DUNNE AND KATIE MCCULLOUGH
December 15, 2010 – 2:19 pm | No Comment
INTERVIEW – MELISSA DUNNE AND KATIE MCCULLOUGH

By Adam Smith
Cut Off is a cycle of short plays about the government’s cut in Arts Council funding and is now showing at the Tristan Bates Theatre until 11 December. Adam Smith caught up with …

THEATRE – THE IRISH CURSE
October 7, 2010 – 10:19 am | No Comment
THEATRE – THE IRISH CURSE

by Adam Smith
Into a church community centre pounds Rick, telling Joseph about the babe he recently hooked up with. Joseph flattens his tie and listens with envy before bantering. They make an unlikely pair: Rick …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – THE MADDENING RAIN
September 3, 2010 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – THE MADDENING RAIN

by Adam Smith
It is only a matter of time before ITV1 produces a limp feature-length drama following the life of a City trader through the banking crisis. There may even be a West End …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – SLAPDASH AT THE OLD VIC TUNNELS
July 26, 2010 – 11:03 am | No Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – SLAPDASH AT THE OLD VIC TUNNELS

Although south of the river, the Old Vic is an establishment theatre, staging top revivals and adding a dazzle of well-funded glamour to the Southbank. But just recently it has branched out into the avant …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – ROMEO AND JULIET
June 7, 2010 – 10:26 am | No Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – ROMEO AND JULIET

by Adam E. Smith
The basement at the Leicester Square Theatre has been transformed into a cheap garden centre. Black and white chessboard lino, limp hanging plants and a trickling water feature decorate the tiny space. …

INTERVIEW – JOE MENO
April 10, 2010 – 6:43 am | One Comment
INTERVIEW – JOE MENO

By Adam Smith
The Great Perhaps is Joe Meno’s fifth novel, but his first to be published in the UK. NFTU caught up with Meno, who teaches as well as practices creative writing, to discuss …

BOOKS – THE GREAT PERHAPS BY JOE MENO
April 10, 2010 – 4:44 am | No Comment
BOOKS – THE GREAT PERHAPS BY JOE MENO

by Adam Smith
Joe Meno describes his fifth novel as “an argument on behalf of complexity”. It is a curious, albeit common, challenge for a writer to set himself: to write a book that is not …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and Eschara
April 9, 2010 – 5:00 am | One Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and Eschara

Review by Adam Smith at the Union Theatre
While the political and moral merits of the so-called war on terror still inspire fierce argument, one gain is undisputed: the controversial conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – MANOR AT THE TRISTAN BATES THEATRE
March 26, 2010 – 6:18 am | No Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – MANOR AT THE TRISTAN BATES THEATRE

At the corrupt, blood-drenched core of a decent gangster story there has to be a tragedy. Tragedy is in the very nature of the genre, just as power is the life-force of a respected gangster. Manor …

ADAM SMITH – MACBETH AT THE ROSE THEATRE
March 2, 2010 – 4:22 am | No Comment
ADAM SMITH – MACBETH AT THE ROSE THEATRE

Shakespeare’s Globe recently announced its forthcoming production of Henry VIII, the play during which an errant cannon caught fire and eventually razed the original theatre to the ground. Assuming that bad luck can’t strike twice, the …

ADAM SMITH – FLIP SEAT FRINGE
February 15, 2010 – 4:56 pm | No Comment
ADAM SMITH – FLIP SEAT FRINGE

The Hostage
At the Southwark Playhouse until 20 February
Some plays are tightly constructed, pinned together with careful dialogue that is as focused as a pious monk on a Sunday. I have often considered this kind of …

BOOKS – TALK OF THE TOWN, JACOB POLLEY
September 18, 2009 – 11:35 am | No Comment
BOOKS – TALK OF THE TOWN, JACOB POLLEY

by Adam Smith

It’s grim up north. And Jacob Polley knows it. He opens his debut novel opens with the sentence: “Town stinks.” Chris, the novel’s 14-year-old narrator, then elaborates on the odour’s composition, perfectly and …