Monthly Archives: December 2008

A Little Night Music

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To the Menier Chocolate Factory for dinner & Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Chris & parents and John from Atlanta.  I can’t remember ever walking out of a theatre feeling so thrilled and moved. It was a wonderful … Continue reading

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Advent 25: And the last word…

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…goes to John O’Brien. I could never pinpoint why John’s classes, and the experience of working with him was quite so different to every other teacher.  Then one day, he happened to say in passing, ‘my attitude to class is, … Continue reading

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Advent 24: Till Eulenspiegel

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The top-prize for annoying till-routines goes jointly in my head to Boots and Smiths. Smiths at airports always seem to be running special offers, so that whatever you take to the counter, you’re advised that if you buy two you … Continue reading

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Advent 23: Brought to book

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When Ivan Nagy took over ENB after Peter Schaufuss went to Berlin, we had another year of Peter’s Nutcracker to contend with until Ben Stevenson’s came in the following year. It was an eccentric production, with interruptions to the score … Continue reading

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Advent 22: How to lead someone off stage

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Another gem from Mark Morris.  It was in a rehearsal for Drink to me only with thine eyes and there was this bit where a guy had to lead a girl off stage, downstage right. The correction went something like … Continue reading

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Advent 21: I got rhythm, I got matches…

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Around the same time as the Gary Harris/Indian River Music story, Kevin Richmond was playing Scrooge in Christopher Hampson’s Christmas Carol. So there we all were, in the National Youth Theatre studios up Holloway Road, doing class (it might even … Continue reading

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