Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Favourite stage direction: “As the play begins, a three-foot by three-foot mahogany box, suspended by a thick rope from an unseen roof beam, slowly and theatrically swings into view and, like a pendulum, swings back and forth from left to right, but does so in slow motion.” – Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter
Aleks Sierz FRSA is a theatre critic, and author of the seminal study of new 1990s playwrights, In-Yer-Face Theatre
. His other books include Rewriting the Nation, The Theatre of Martin Crimp, John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights
and Modern British Playwriting
. His latest book (co-authored with Lia Ghilardi) is The Time Traveller’s Guide to British Theatre
. He also works as a journalist, broadcaster, and lecturer. Aleks blogs independently at www.sierz.co.uk
and tweets at @alekssierz