New crushes are so exciting. The sweaty palms. The distracting daydreams. The thumping heart. The papercuts as you riffle through their playtexts…
You know you have a writer crush bad when you use your precious pre-show minutes to rush over to Foyles in order to stare at their words.
After my Cyprus Avenue-dissection with Helen on Wednesday devolved into a doughnut-based intervention, I was left confused.
Helen had no recollection of the Tom Cruise incident from watching it in 2016.
And I had no memory of, well, let’s say the use of a particular, very strong, word, from watching it on Monday.
This needed further investigation.
And thankfully, Foyles, with its generous theatre department, was just across the road from last night’s theatrical destination.
Even better, they had the original edition of the playtext. The 2016 version. Complete with very strong word.
I snapped a picture and sent it to Helen.
“Thank god I wasn’t imagining it,” came the reply.
Not wanting to put down David Ireland’s words just yet, I wandered around, examining all the lovely plays.
By 7pm I still wasn’t really to let go, so I was forced to buy it.
That’s how they get you, these writers. With their tricksy ways. Writing good shit that you then want to read. Damn them all, I say.
I left before I had the chance to discover any more potential writer-crushes sitting on the shelves.
Probably for the best, as by the time I made my way back over the road, there was a massive queue snacking out of the box office and right down Phoenix Street.Read More