There is exciting venue news in the West Midlands. Our esteemed friends in Coventry, Theatre Absolute, have commandeered an old Fish and Chip shop for 18 months and set up a “Shop Front Theatre”. The company who specialising in helping new playwrights develop their skills as well as staging the dynamic writing of Artistic Director Chris O’Connell are excited at how having a physical presence in a shopping centre will impact on their work and the relationship with their audience. By necessity they expect productions staged there to be stripped back and elemental, no bad thing as one of their principle interests is the power of words and strong acting. First up is a rehearsed reading of Chris’s acclaimed (and now 10 year old) tale of Joyriding: Car, which I enjoyed very much the first time round.