Richard Thompson at Gawsworth Hall: Mock Tudor? No, the real thing

I Can’t Wake Up To Save My Life On Wednesday I drove across Cheshire, through the fields and lanes of my childhood, to Gawsworth Hall, a Tudor half-timbered manor-house just south of Macclesfield. There, on the lawn below the rose garden, a stage and covered seating had been erected – an idyllic setting on a warm summer’s evening for a … Continue reading Richard Thompson at Gawsworth Hall: Mock Tudor? No, the real thing

If … Twelfth Night at the Everyman

If… Gemma Bodinetz’s exuberant inaugural production of Twelfth Night in the magnificent new Everyman underlines the dreamlike, fairy-tale nature of Shakespeare’s comedy by having Orsino repeat the play’s opening-word three times. What if  gender expectations were turned inside out? What if social hierarchies were turned upside down? What if dreams could come true? Those three words … Continue reading If … Twelfth Night at the Everyman