Theatre by the Lake: The Comedy of Errors

[review] The Comedy of Errors has a quite frankly ridiculous plot, even by Shakespearean standards, about the mistaken identities of two sets of twins separated at birth. If Ben Travers’ Rookery Nook (also showing in Theatre by the Lake’s main house this season) is an outrageous farce, then Shakespeare’s shortest play outstrips it in its […]

Review: Seeing The Lights, Theatre by the Lake

It isn’t often that a play can make you laugh and cry simultaneously. Alan Bennett manages it. So does Brendan Murray. At first, Seeing The Lights is a seemingly light and casual play about family disputes. At its heart, however, it is emotional and highly charged. As an ill (and possibly dying) old woman prepares […]

‘Dracula’ at Theatre by the Lake

In anything written by the Scots Makar (think ‘Scottish poet laureate’), you expect a witty and surprising use of language – and Liz Lochhead’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula does not disappoint. The script was full of humour and dramatic irony, which Mary Papadima’s production brought out in full, and brought a thoroughly modern feel […]

‘Rookery Nook’ at Theatre by the Lake

[review] A house in the country. A pretty but distressed girl running from her angry German stepfather. A rumour-mongering woman with a downtrodden husband. A vicious cat, and two slightly hapless cousins waiting for something interesting to happen. Let chaos ensue… From the moment we saw the stage, Martin Johns’ set created the tone for […]

‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ at Theatre by the Lake

Review:   How do you pronounce the title?  This seemed to be the most common conversation in Theatre by the Lake’s foyer on Friday night. Fortunately, the mystery was cleared up within the first five minutes of the play (it’s ‘loo-na-sa’, if you’re wondering), and we could get on with enjoying the performance. And we […]

‘Not About Heroes’ at Theatre by the Lake

Stephen MacDonald’s Not About Heroes is a play about poetry. It is also a play about pity. It is, of course, a play about war. But above all, it is a play about the strong friendship between two men: Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. In the Theatre by the Lake’s current production, directed by Jez […]

Boggles Abound in New Book

[Press Release]   THE Ballad of the Kirkgate Brow Boggle at Cockermouth and tales of boggles at Salterbeck, Whitehaven and the rest of the Lake District are detailed in a new book. Boggle is a dialect term for ghost, poltergiest or ‘anything odd’) and the 84-page Boggles of Cumbria recounts some of the most famous […]

Felltarn Friends Children’s Book Event

Bookends (66 Main Street, Keswick) and Claire Jane Mansfield, one of the authors of the fantastic new children’s book, Felltarn Friends, are holding an event at The Theatre by the Lake, 15th April 2014 at 11am. Written by two local mums, Felltarn Friends is a new activity book based on things to see and do […]

‘Swallows and Amazons’ at Theatre by the Lake

Adapting a well-loved childhood classic is always a risk, but in the case of Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas production of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, the risk pays off. Helen Edmundson’s script, directed by Stefan Escreet, brings the novel to life for a new generation, while not losing the magical and nostalgic feel of the […]

This is the story of two books…

 Ann Healey writes about two books from Ink Pantry Publishing: – x – This is the story of two books.  Sea of Ink and Fields of Words. Once upon a time, there were several students from all over the UK and Europe, who were enrolled on a creative writing course run by the Open University (OU). […]

Kids – win a Kindle Fire!

applecorebooks-logoWriters Wendy Storer, from Kendal, and Sheffield-based Kate Hanney, are the brains behind new publishing imprint Applecore Books, specialising in realistic contemporary fiction for children and young adults. To help spread the word, they’re running a competition for 9 to 18 year olds, and the first prize is a fabulous Kindle Fire.


Reviews round up – The Havocs, by Jacob Polley

jacob-polley1It may have missed out on the T.S. Eliot Prize, but Jacob Polley’s latest has received mostly positive reviews since it was published last November. Here’s our pick of the best of them by Ben Wilkinson, Miriam Gamble, John Field and Steve Matthews, plus links to poems from the collection published online and a recording from the T. S. Eliot Prize reading in London.