Monthly Archives: June 2010

How to Put on a Play: The Last Lesson

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The run is now finished.  It’s been a very tiring, but very exciting and satisfying three weeks.  It’s hard to believe it’s over.  This last week saw sell-out houses and enthusiastic audiences.  There lies one part of this last lesson, …

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Jane Smiley, "Private Life"

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I have been a huge fan of Jane Smiley since “A Thousand Acres,” her novel based on King Lear published in 1991.  That novel stayed in my mind as one of my favourites for a long time, although I didn’t …

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Notes instead of Words

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Given all the craziness of the last few weeks, with both a play being produced and a new novel to get published, you would think the last thing I would need would be an orchestra concert thrown into the mix.  …

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Planning the Launch

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In the middle of all the theatricality this week, I managed to check out a possible venue for September’s launch of my new novel, A Clash of Innocents.  I usually am too superstitious to talk about things before they are …

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Up and Running

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My oh my, what a week!Monday we did the tech for the show which went all day and into the night.Tuesday we had a dress rehearsal, and the Opening Night.  Even though it was a preview, the house was nearly …

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"Not So Perfect" by Nik Perring

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There are many reasons why I’m thrilled to be presenting Nik Perring here today.  He’s a lovely, generous writer who I’ve gotten to know through his blog, here.  He makes me laugh and I believe he has an interesting and …

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Putting on a Play: Getting It In and Getting It Out

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We have now finished our rehearsals.  It’s hard to believe the three weeks are already over.  Here are some photos from the rehearsal room: Stefan D’Bart and Polly Whybrow rehearsing Michael Hart’s “No More, Salvator.” And here’s our Director, Ellie …

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From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

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Thank you all so much for the wonderful birthday wishes.  We had a fantastic weekend in Dubrovnik.  It is a small gem-of-a-city.  You can walk the length of it in 15 minutes, from gate to harbour.  Then you can spend …

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