Well, not really. It’s not that I’m going to take up acting again. Rather, I’ve acted again after… what, twenty years? It goes like this: as a teenager I decided that I wanted to be an actress, and began to take drama classes when I was sixteen. I happened to find a very, very good teacher – one who had the patience to draw me out and drill me hard. With rather good results, if I say so myself. I worked hard at it for four or five years, thinking that I’d go on with it, and go professional… Continue reading
Did you know that the Royal Shakespeare Company has not one, but three fabulous blogs?
There is Pathways to Shakespeare, in which RSC actors and directors tell of their Shakespearean rites of passage: how they first met the bard, what drew them, what made them Shakespearean actors, how they entered the company… Continue reading
At times I discuss with non-theatre people about the perception of theatre, stage and backstage, about my fascination with the inner workings of the thing… And I realise now – but it’s taken some time – that it’s perfectly possible to not like to have the illusion shattered. Having been the sort of child who did take toys apart to see how they worked, and still being the sort who likes to take stories apart to study them, sometimes I tend to forget it’s not everyone’s cup of tea… Continue reading