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Diary: Boris Johnson domestic row – we have all the answers (apparently)

Boris Johnson. Photo: Paul Toeman Boris Johnson. Photo: Paul Toeman
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The Stage has unwittingly found itself at the centre of a media storm over the Boris Johnson domestic disturbance.

Tabard should explain. Police were recently contacted after a row was heard at Boris’ Camberwell residency, which has – unsurprisingly – sparked much interest in the press. Questions were soon asked about who contacted the police, and it turns out it was Boris’ neighbours, Eve Leigh and husband Tom Penn. And both work in theatre: Leigh is a playwright and Penn a theatremaker.

Just as unsurprising as the media’s interest in the row is some newspapers’ interest in the people who contacted the police in the first place. The Telegraph is one of them, and made no disguise of its contempt for the pair.

And here’s where this publication comes into it. The Telegraph used one of The Stage’s interviews with Leigh to provide its readers with an indication of the kind of woman she is. “Ms Leigh, 34, is an ‘experimental playwright’, a former palm reader (according to an interview in The Stage) and has used the ‘Twitterspere’ to express her loathing of the Conservatives,” it said. Well, on the latter point, let’s be honest, who in the arts hasn’t?

The same article highlights how Leigh directed a Lisa Kron play called Well in 2009. The Telegraph’s critic called it a “slab of self-indulgent pseudery” and urged people to give it a “wide berth”. Tabard would urge readers to do the same of Johnson.


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