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Mark Bridge

Freelance journalist and copywriter

Location icon United Kingdom

This portfolio includes a selection of features and interviews I've written about local music, theatre and entertainment events.

My professional writing experience started with copywriting about telecommunications, I.T. and the internet, which helped me learn how to explain challenging and new concepts without being confusing or patronising. Today I work as a freelance copywriter and journalist for a wide range of organisations. I believe that understanding your audience is an essential part of telling a compelling story, whether the medium is magazine journalism or a promotional leaflet.

Viva Lewes magaizine
Loving Androids: Philip Ayckbourn on drama, decency and droids

Imagine a future where relationship counselling is handled by a pair of lifelike robots. Rather than just talking, each becomes a substitute spouse to the human they’re helping. And although these ‘Partnerbots’ are capable of offering physical comfort, they also assess and role-play the problems they discover. Consequently, the human couple quickly gain a new insight into their incompatibility, at which point the robots are taken away to have their memories wiped clean.

Viva Lewes magazine
The Treason Show: revisiting the biggest stories of 2018

Mark Brailsford is uncharacteristically lost for the right phrase. “I know you can’t use that word. There might be a better word without swearing.” His eyes twinkle. “It’s a clusterfudge.” Our conversation has turned to Brexit, which is certain to be a key part of the satirical revue he’s directing this month. “We scattergun everyone, both sides get it from The Treason Show, but because the dominant narrative is so incompetent, we only have to cover what’s going on and we look like we’re...

Viva Lewes magazine
William the Conqueror: Invading Lewes on Record Store Day

In 2007, Atlantic Records released Tales of Grime and Grit, the debut album by a young man called Ruarri Joseph. Reviewers made favourable comparisons with Bob Dylan. But working with a major record label didn’t suit Ruarri, so he set up his own label instead. The emotional intensity of his 2012 album Brother, “a love letter to the death of a friend”, led to another big change in direction. “I felt like I needed a break from those songs. I'd sung them so many times over the course of three...

Viva Lewes magazine
Belongings: Music and Migration at Glyndebourne

Walking into the staff café at Glyndebourne, I find myself surrounded by dozens of excited children who are taking a break from rehearsing a new opera. ‘Belongings’, composed by Lewis Murphy with words by Laura Attridge, compares the lives of World War 2 evacuees with present-day refugees fleeing war zones. As the youngsters return to the stage, Lewis sits down with a coffee. I ask him if there’s a moral to the story. “If there is a moral, it's about learning from history”, he tells me. “It's...

The Journalist
Starting Out

Jim Rockford, the fictional private detective played on TV by James Garner in the 1970s, made a big impact on me as a child. Jim lived in a static mobile home – what an intriguing notion for a youngster – and solved mysteries. ‘Cold cases’ mainly, because he didn’t like upsetting the police. A sensible maxim, I thought. Perhaps one day I’d have a similar job, solving mysteries and not upsetting people.

Viva Brighton magazine
The Encounter: An Amazonian adventure in Falmer

The London-based Complicite touring theatre company launched in 1983 and gained a reputation for producing “the most imaginative theatre to be found anywhere”, according to David Lister of The Independent. This month they’re bringing an already sold-out show called The Encounter to the recently-refurbished Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, which is on the University of Sussex campus at Falmer. Now named after the work of Lord (Richard) Attenborough and his family, the building was...

Viva Lewes magazine
Lewes Chamber Music Festival: Bengt into shape

A conversation on the other side of the world first brought Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg to the Lewes Chamber Music Festival. Although he’d visited the area previously – “I was here with my family many years ago for a performance of Carmen at Glyndebourne and we fell in love with your town”, he tells me – it was a chat in Australia that led to him returning as a performer. Viola player James Boyd mentioned “this festival of interesting, not always well known music” run by violinist Beatrice...

Viva Lewes magazine
Thomas Dunford: The lutenist and the Lapwing

At the age of fifteen, Thomas Dunford was performing on stage at the Comédie Française theatre in Paris. The Spectator described him as 'a teenage rock star of the lute', while BBC Music magazine made favourable comparisons with guitarist Eric Clapton. So what brings this internationally-acclaimed musician to the 60-seat Lapwing Festival at Cuckmere Haven on Sunday 2nd September? “When people are friendly and the place is beautiful, it's as good for me as being in Carnegie Hall”, Thomas tells...

Viva Lewes magazine
Inside Lewes Prison: How art can help

‘Penned Up’ is a unique two week arts and literature festival that rotates around prisons. Not only is it designed for prisoners, it’s also curated by them. “Prisoners are involved in the conception, the planning, the ideas and the promotion”, co-director David Kendall tells me. “Some want to be more creative, others want to use what they learn to deal better with their time in prison. For some, it helps them through difficult times, for others it allows hope. The arts can address who we...

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