News archive for March 2013

Inspired by Shaun Tan’s iconic graphic novel, The Arrival is a story of migration to the unknown. Written by Sita Brahmachari and directed by Kristine Landon-Smith for Tamasha ( and Circus Space this is an extraordinary weaving together of theatre, circus, music, drama and song - a beautiful and profound feast for the senses.

The play is published by Methuen ( and began its tour in Southampton on March 21st.  The tour will finish in London on 13th April

"A distinctive piece, full of ideas about how to integrate theatre and circus, which slyly creeps up on you and seizes your heart"

- Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"A 50-minute gem [...] A beautiful, moving piece of loss and longing that never feels less than honest and truthful to those whose stories it represents"

- Lesley Bates, The Stage

Tony Ramsay's The Long Life & Great Good Fortune Of John Clare, a startling new play that sheds new light on the life of our best-loved ‘peasant poet’ is touring East Anglia until May 18th 2013. (

Clare is remembered for his life more than his poetry - lime-burner, labourer, womaniser, walker, visionary lunatic - with his experiences increasingly used as a yardstick for our own contemporary issues. But, in Tony Ramsay's play, a new John Clare emerges, set free from the story of his life.

The play is currently touring 40 different venues including libraries, village halls, community centres, town halls, theatres and tithe barns.

**** "Richard Sandells is superb [...] A finer play than its regional small-space tour might suggest; in concept, language and performance it honours poetry and pain alike" - Libby Purves, The Times

**** "Richard Sandells as John is immensely moving as both his characters try to simultaneously break out of and seek security within their mental torment" - Anne Morley-Priestman, WhatsOnStage

"Compelling, fascinating and dramatic [...] The performances are all superb [...] Catch this play if you can" - Hugh Homan, The Stage

"See this fine piece of work for yourself [...] The performances are superb – almost unbearably moving in this intimate space" - Michael Gray Arts Blog

"Eastern Angles meld the historical with the modern to create a piece of real emotional power that not only causes reflection on the issues of mental illness but also drives us to rediscover one of the region’s leading poetical exponents. A gripping and powerful production" - Glen Pearce, thepublicreviews

"Gripping, intelligent, and acted with verve by Henry Devas, Louise Mai Newberry and Richard Sandells. The east of England would be a far poorer place theatrically without the indispensable Eastern Angles" - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


Jean Stubb's series of historical Lancashire-set novels, The Brief Chronicles, have just been rereleased as kindle eBooks, with stunning new covers. Kits Hill, The Ironmaster, The Vivian Inheritence and The Northern Correspondant are available to buy here on Amazon.

A recent Goodreads review says:  "As an observer of the play of human kinship and relationship, Jean Stubbs has few equals... Keen of understanding, affectionate in her treatment of the dance of family relations, Jean Stubbs is to her ever-growing readership a cherished voice."