Tag: theatre

  • Footnotes to my year in theatre – 2009

    The theatre and I have had a love affair for many years now; my Actors Equity membership card notes 13 March 1973 as my joining date, but that is just the marker of when it became a day job for real; the affair began long before then.  During this – my first, official year of…

  • Another great tip on speaking Shakespeare

    I came across John Clancy‘s blog yesterday via a recommendation from an actor acquaintance. Scrappy Jack’s World-Wide Theatricals and Dime Museum – how could I resist – is a treasure trove of stuff, witty, well-written and full of wise saws and observations. John’s post Making Shakespeare Dull is a beauty. Here’s an extract, but please…

  • Meditation on entering a theatre space …

    My professional life has been pretty much spent in and around theatres big and small, indoors and out. When I am away from home I tend to gravitate towards theatre venues either to see a show or just lollygag at the architecture, design, the posters – in general soak in the atmosphere and ponder on…

  • Twitter and the Groundling

    Image via CrunchBase, source unknown Groundlings love being in crowds and in-crowds. It’s part of the buzz at the theatre for a start. Now the social-networking addicts’ favourite application, Twitter has a brand-new (about an hour old as I peck away here) International Theatre Group. How about that! And what’s the point, apart from indulging…

  • Give it to me live please!

    Image via Wikipedia I couldn’t resist posting this, if only to prove how a great play can get sandbagged by good intentions. Here’s Harold Pinter‘s The Dumb Waiter, a brilliant, dark little piece for two actors. It’s been animated and condensed and posted up to YouTube. The point, I hear you ask? Well maybe it…

  • USQ Tradeshow 2008: Goodbye and Hello!

    I trawled back through the posts to one I wrote at this time last year. This is what I said then: … Another class of actors enters the industry at their showcase performance and end of three years of intensive training. Their lovely talent shone through despite the grunginess of the venue. As always, I…