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Posted by Cliff Dix on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
Lighting, Organisations Tags

A short time ago one of the major national daily newspapers published an article praising British theatre set designers as the best in the world. The piece reminded readers of the backhanded compliment inflicted on a Broadway musical by an American critic many years ago “the audience came out whistling the sets”. The phrase referred, of course, to one of those occasions when the efforts of technical departments of a production eclipsed those of the cast.

Posted by Jane on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
General, People, Performance Tags

Very occasionally my mouth gets me into trouble! Actually to be honest most of the time my mouth gets me into trouble. It’s not just that I’m loud (and believe me I am, I’m one of the few actors Directors never address the remark “Could you speak a little louder so those in the back can hear?” to) it’s just that I still have to learn the meaning of the word “no”. Over the years, I’ve got myself into more scrapes than I care to remember.

Posted by Jane on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
Comedy, People, Writing Tags

John Chapman died on the 3rd of September 2001 at the age of 74. During his long career he not only wrote for stage and television on his own but he also collaborated with a variety of other well-know writers.

On his own John was responsible for:

Posted by Ray Dyer on 19th Nov 07 Posted by

I am writing this in February, but when you read it, hopefully, the pantomime season will, at last, have ended. You might detect in that remark that I am not totally enthusiastic about our Great British Pantomime Tradition. There is something make-shift about it all, despite the glitter and silly costumes; something strung together from a ragbag of music hall, fairy tales, Commedia del Arte, rude farce and famous faces.

Posted by Ray Dyer on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
Shakespeare Tags
How About a Shakespeare?

How does your company choose their next production? Ray Dyer examines the traditional Shakespearean fallback option…

Posted by Ray Dyer on 19th Nov 07 Posted by

Theatre in the park!

Posted by Ray Dyer on 19th Nov 07 Posted by

These words tend to result in a wave of depression when you have just delivered your audition piece on which you have laboured for the past dozen weeks or so. It’s a part you really want to play. You hope that the director might reconsider, might at least explain why you have been rejected. In your disappointment, you start to construct a plot in which he has cast all his usual cronies, some of whom haven’t even offered to sell programmes or paint the set!

Posted by Ray Dyer on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
Musicals Tags

I know this is a drama site, but what is happening to the TV? There is a plethora of programmes about gardening, DIYing, cooking, being made to spend valuable living time with people you don’t know, being humiliated in quiz shows and audition shows, rescuing pets, watching, voyeuristically, hospital wards and operations, football wall to wall, repeats and repeats.

Posted by Ray Dyer on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
Musicals Tags

The world of communication technology is now rampant. Everyone seems to be “on-line” and at social events you are just as likely to be invited to visit someone’s web site as you are to be offered a drink. A few days ago, an enthusiastic surfer button-holed me to announce that advertising will never be the same again now that you can log on to practically anything you ever wanted to know! Well, I don’t know about that.

Posted by The Hart on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
Costumes Tags

I wonder if you need to have a secret yearning to be in drag, to be an amateur dramatics person. There’s just nothing like flouncing around in a long gown, whether it be Cinderella’s finale scene’s bridal version or a nun’s habit – it must be the only time, certainly, you could ever get a man into a frock and make him comfortable in it.