About Strength Weekly

Strength Weekly contains posts and articles that deal for the most part with the idea of performance as behaviour we can’t avoid, at any level.

I’ve written for live performance, film and TV; as a journalist for magazines and newspapers; as a composer of online text and image entertainments and for myself as a live presenter of such bar and club-based events as David Gale’s Peachy Coochy Nites. I’ve written a lot of performance scripts, particularly for Lumiere & Son Theatre Company, for which I was a co-founder and director alongside Hilary Westlake. On the whole Hilary directed them and I wrote them. Over the last few years I’ve also directed some of my own scripts.  I wrote a novel a while ago. I lecture at a university.

On this site I’ve assembled a selection of extracts from most of these forms and prefaced each piece with a few comments.

I’ve been running the site for about 12 years. It’s been up and down, as in online and off, during this time, often due to digital ailments that I didn’t and don’t have the skills to cure. But I know people who do, such as Bill. Many thanks Bill.


Strength Weekly

Strength Weekly contains posts and articles that deal for the most part with the idea of performance as behaviour we can’t avoid, at any level. I’ve written for live performance, film and TV; as a journalist for magazines and newspapers; as a composer of online text and image entertainments and for myself as a live…

Not to be Continued

The first time I saw the black plastic lapel badges they had been pinned to two well groomed young men on the Tube. The men wore dark suits and had the pleasant, alienated directness so irresistibly simulated by Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks. They were sitting either side of a student with…

Going Underground

Saturday: Piccadilly Line: en route to the Women’s March.Passengers call out “Good Luck!” as six young protesters exit with their placards. 24.01.2017

Punitive

On the radio DJ Zane Lowe was talking about a song and he made some comment or other then said ‘No pun intended’. He didn’t want us to think that his sense of humour was so underdeveloped that it would lead him to stoop to the use of puns. Personally, I don’t mind them. You…

Unplank & the Dog Eaters

There are so many reasons why I shouldn’t do this. Every time I think about it I think of fresh reasons. The fact that I’ve written about it before on Strength Weekly (a digital area), for example. The fact that everyone who has written about it says much the same things. They say, for example,…

Physics with Christ

I was gratified by the volume of feedback received after the recent post titled ‘Plate’. I had not realised that my account of the serendipitous purchase of a green towel in as-new condition would strike a chord with so many readers of ‘Strength Weekly’, an online entity. It is true that towels are comforting and…