Keeping A Kid Alive: A Babysitter’s Celebration

In some ways, asking a childless woman to babysit is a really smart move. She will be so terrified of breaking your only infant that she’ll stay vigilant; she’ll tend to every creak and murmur out of turgid-knickered fear. But in a lot of other ways it’s also pretty stupid. Because she hasn’t got a…

Review – The Secret Wives of Andy Williams

A review for Old Trunk’s latest play The Secret Wives of Andy Williams, which premiered at Camden People’s Theatre in August 2013. Low Down It is rare in film, theatre or any art form to encounter a follow up show, a prequel or sequel that is as good if not better than the first. This…

Letter from The International Andy Williams Appreciation Society

During Old Trunk’s London run of The Secret Wives of Andy Williams, I got a lovely email from a chap called Bill Lothian from the International Andy Williams Appreciation Society, asking me some questions about the play… Are you old enough to remember The Andy Williams Show in 1969 and were you fascinated by it…

Moving In

I have always loved packing. There’s something exciting about the containment of objects in your life; their removal from one place, and arrival at another. It has both the feeling of the alien and the inevitable about it. Every item has an origin, is a memory, represents a choice you made somewhere. At some point…

Chicks, Pricks, & Micropigs

In Ancient Greece, when minotaurs roamed the earth and gods came down for dinner, some very clever men discovered that life wasn’t just one big juicy olive, but that it was actually quite hard – like a fortnight old pitta bread. They pondered the big stuff so that men today can take it easy knowing…