Theatre, Inspiration and Scotland: Penned in the Margins Interview Part Two

September 26, 2015

The Good Dark by Ryan Van WinkleIn which I discuss making theatre, artistic influences and the community in
with the folks at Penned in the Margins.

CONFESSIONAL PULL QUOTE (out of context) —
“I simply love liner notes…”

Viewmaster at WROUGHT in Sheffield

October 6, 2014

Dan, a squeezebox, a child’s toy and myself will be heading to Sheffield this weekend (Sat-Sun 11-12 October) with Viewmaster for WROUGHT, an awesome 1-to-1 performance art festival. We’re running from 5-8pm Saturday evening and 2-5 Sunday afternoon, if you find yourself in Sheffield this weekend, do join us for some poems some music and a trip to your childhood.

WROUGHT: A One-to-One Performance Festival is a brand new performance festival exclusively focused on One-to-One performance in Sheffield. It takes place over a weekend between the 11-12 October in and around the Hide (Scotland Street, S3 7AA,

See our line-up of ARTISTS and PROGRAMME here:

For the TICKETS, follow this link:

FREE tickets for Saturday Evening Event

FREE tickets for Sunday Post-Festival Panel Discussion

This 2-day festival features a variety of One-to-One performance pieces, a workshop led by artists, and a post-show discussion. We aim to bring artists, academics and audience together to create a vibrant platform for discussion.

Theatre as Democracy

July 6, 2014

David Greig discusses his role curating the National Theatre of Scotland’s Great Yes, No, Don’t Know Five Minute Theatre Show which takes place from 5pm on Monday 23rd until 5pm on Tuesday 24th June at Five Minute Theatre and in venues across Scotland. “Theatre demands you have dialogue… that you have the other point of view contained in the work.” Among the many topics he discusses is how the growth of theatre grew in tandem with performance in Ancient Greek – and how the value in seeing the other person’s point of view that is intrinsic to democracy is shared by theatre. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions. With financial assistance from Creative Scotland.

Jo Clifford Talks to the Culture Laser

April 10, 2013

In this edition of the Culture Laser we talk with playwright Jo Clifford about Spanish theatre, particularly her translation of Pedro Calderón de la Barca, becoming a performer and how being a trans* woman has influenced her writing and informed her cultural views. Jo says, “I’m not a male playwright, I’m not a female playwright, I’m a transsexual woman playwright”. We had a fascinating discussion about the dangers of writing, cultural misogyny, the power of adaptation, the power that theatre can have over an audience (and a playwright!). You can find out a whole lot more about Jo on her website! We also feature the track ‘Won’t Wait’ from Turtle Lamone’s album Bedroom Walls.

Click the tiny triangle for a fantastic half hour of words.

Kind Words for Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel at BAC

March 20, 2013

My one-man poetry experiment Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel got even more generous reviews during its short run at the Battersea Arts Centre. Here’s further proof that people are lovely and say words about things. **** ‘There is something about curating a room and condensing an experience into a tight fifteen minutes that is like writing a poem, choosing a form and filling it with images. […] Red, Like Our Room Used To Feel offers a unique way of experiencing poetry, together with a unique perspective on another person’s life. I will certainly be going back to find out what’s in the other envelopes.’ – Becky Brewis ‘This is poetry made fluttering and ephemeral, rapidly dissipating into the warm air and attaching itself to objects and thoughts. Much of this is achieved by the gentle presence of Ryan himself, whose voice lulls and cradles, sending the mind on journeys. […] I was also struck by how the piece somehow manages to be both intensely personal and overwhelmingly generous. It is as though, by indulging in this space of imagination and memory, Ryan offers us the room – in more than one way – to traverse our own imaginings and reminiscences.’ – Catherine Love

The Stone and the Star: ‘It was all rather magical. I’m a bit at a loss as to how to describe it, especially without giving everything away, but even if I described it in minutest detail I couldn’t really convey the sense of comfort and nostalgia. It was certainly one of the most unique poetry experiences I have ever had, if not one of the most unique experiences full stop.’ – Clarissa Ackroyd

And keep your eyes open — the Red Room will be returning to London at the end of May as part of the London Literature Festival. Fingers crossed, I’ll see you there! For previous reviews click along here.