Bolton School Senior Boys

Old Boy’s Clarion Satire Premiere

Old Boy and former journalist Mark Jagasia has turned to creative writing to pen his debut stage play.

Clarion is a black satire about the newspaper industry which also touches on themes of free speech and nationalism. The fictional Clarion newspaper after which the play is named is ‘the worst in Britain’ with an egomaniacal editor and attention-seeking headlines, but its worst crimes may yet be exposed before the drama is done.

Mark’s play was showcased in January last year as a rehearsed reading at PlayWROUGHT, a week-long new writing festival at London’s Arcola Theatre. The same theatre is now preparing to put on the play as a full production, which will run from mid-April to mid-May.

Mark attended Bolton School from 1981 to 1990 before moving on to his career in journalism. He was the showbusiness editor of the Daily Express, and has also worked for a number of UK newspaper including the Evening Standard and the Guardian.

Clarion is Mark's first foray into writing stage plays

Clarion is Mark's first foray into writing stage plays