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.

The site has been down for several months, during which time parts of its digital core became obsolete and had to be replaced. As a result I decided a nose to tail refurb was in order and this is what you see before you.

In addition to posts and articles, there is an abundance of archive material relating to past and recent writings and image work.

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 the University of the Arts London, on the Wimbledon College of Arts campus.


beardogbears

Around here real and imaginary characters are shockingly always crossing paths. Diane Williams – ‘How Much Did You Ever Think the World of Me? (2019) The mammals of the Oligocene are often described as though they were halfway creatures, semi-formed prototypes: dog-bears (bear relatives that looked like dogs), bear-dogs (dog relatives that looked like bears),…

This is How

What of Prancer? What of Dancer? Are their noses pressed against the controls do they know what they must do? Dasher, Vixen – has it come to this? Is this how he comes? So fast you see it then you hear it? In that order. Is there some way using waves and dials that he…

I Saw Danny

I saw Danny coming back from his work which was in a morgue across the river. He said that at work a body had come in and it was unmarked, no marks of any sort. Marks is better, obvs, he said. Doesn’t take so much time. With no marks, clearly, you have to go right…

In Arms

When you have been breastfed by Brad Pitt you quickly come to realise that life will not be all hard or all soft. As in all things, a middle path. The third way, as it is had. Some say “Hey, that whole Brad Pitt thing – I was so surprised!’ Others, equally, go, “Surely, isn’t…

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. The site has been down for several months, during which time parts of its digital core became obsolete and had to be replaced. As a result I decided a nose…

You Got This

A Preface to You Got This The phrase ‘You Got This’ can be stressed in several ways, including ‘You Got This’ and ‘You Got This’. In the first case it may be used when, as the meme-collecting website Saying Images enquires, ‘(have you) Got some friends going through a rough time or know people who…

The Falls

In those days Princess Margaret of the Royal Family would walk about unconcernedly with just one bodyguard, that’s probably him at the back, and she would go to the shops or have a cup of tea somewhere. You’d see her around and some people would say “Good Morning Princess” and she would smile briefly. When…

Street Peeve

A guy crosses the road causing a passing car to brake hard. The driver jumps out and dashes towards the guy, who is now on the path. I can’t hear what they’re saying through the plate glass but the driver, who is wiry and jumpy, is clearly asking the guy if he wants some. The…

It Has Always Been There

In a bed at night in a Paris hotel a few decades ago I could hear a couple of men talking in the corridor. I thought they were speaking English but I realised it was another language, one that did not even resemble English. I was hearing clear snatches of English though, and I continued…

Fare

I went to this hippy fair in my home town not too far from here the other day. I had been there before a couple of times and had quite enjoyed it: my daughters liked very much the food and the jewellery from tents and stalls; I liked drinking cool ales on grass; there was…