Oliver Emanuel’s Flight

Oliver Emanuel’s Flight, an adaptation of Caroline Brothers’s novel Hinterland, was produced at the McKittrick Hotel in New York City earlier in the year. It is an immersive, sui generis piece, which requires the audience to wear headphones, and observe a series of tableaux which appear on a revolving carousel. It tells the story of two Afghan refugees crossing Europe in search of sanctuary. In a glowing review, The New York Times stated: ‘Though enchanting sounds like the wrong word for a work of art as intrinsically painful and political as “Flight,” enchanting it is. We project so much life onto its tableaus that they hardly seem...

New Zinnie Harris production of The Duchess of Malfi

Professor Zinnie Harris is producing a new version of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, to be premiered at the Lyceum in Edinburgh in 2019. Of the production, Harris said: ‘In this #MeToo age of feminist uprising in the face of toxic masculinity, now feels like the perfect time to revisit this incredible, brutal story of female determination in the face of patriarchal power.’ This work follows an extraordinary 2017 for Harris, who was recently made a Professor at St Andrews. Last year three of her woks, This Restless House, Meet Me at Dawn, and a new version of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, were produced at the Edinburgh International Festival, to great...

Don Paterson publishes The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre

On May 17th, Professor Don Paterson published his monumental study The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre (Faber). This work is a treatise on the art of poetry in three sections – one on lyric, the music of poetic speech; one on sign, and how poetry makes its unique kind of sense; and one on metre, the rhythm of the poetic line. The publication of the book was celebrated with an event at Toppings Bookshop in St...