Keep Your Hook Baited

By Kate Foy

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. Ovid There is no plan. Daniel Pink – The Adventures of Johnny Bunko Ounce by ounce, putting it together Small amounts, adding up to make a work of art First of all…

Directing at a (safe) distance: MACBETH IN THE DARK

By Kate Foy

Some months ago, I watched David Berthold interview the great director Peter Sellars. Among other things, Sellars noted the possible upsides of the pandemic. There’s an upside, I wondered. But Sellars said something which I’ve kept front and centre in my thinking for the past almost 6 months: “The virus is our teacher.”  Those five…

1975: On tour with QTC’s “The Rainmaker”

By Kate Foy

It’s been quite a while since I wrote this little piece for the QTC’s 1975 newsletter No 2. I found it today as I was researching materials for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Company. Touring around the vast distances of this country is still a way of life for actors – some things never…

Musings …

By Kate Foy

Getting back to work in a company is absolutely critical for anyone who ‘teaches’ acting. I have learned so much this time around – do we ever stop learning I wonder – about this most elusive and testing art form that, in part at least, is about ‘Behaving truthfully in imaginary circumstances.’ Stamina, focus, preparation,…

In Performance: the new routine

By Kate Foy

Monday – a day when most shows are ‘dark’ for a day off. It marks the end of the 8-shows a week into Week 2 of our season. Routines have changed from the day-long, week-day intensives of rehearsal and production week to the rhythms of a night-shift worker.