I can’t remember right now whether it is in a letter or in one of the novels (Villette, maybe?) – but at some point Charlotte Brontë, either directly or through one of her French-studying heroines, bemoans the fact that English has no exact correspondence for the French word éffleurer… Continue reading
One day many years ago, in Edinburgh, I took shelter from yet another icy downpour in a little bookshop – and what could I do, but browse the shelves? For some reason, a small blue book caught my attention: Kidnapped, by R.L. Stevenson. I’d read Treasure Island, of course, and Jekill&Hyde – who doesn’t? – and The Black Arrow had been a childhood favourite. Now another historical novel from the same author, and with a Scottish setting to boot, seemed like a good idea, even though it was printed on flimsy grey paper, in a font so small to imperil one’s eyesight… Still, buy it I did, and after the bookshop, ensconced myself in a nearby tea room, ordered tea and scones, and began to read. Continue reading
I’m in a toy-theatre phase.
I go through this sort of things, and right now it’s toy theatres. Let me get my printer working again, and chances are I’ll make myself one in the weekend. Actually, last Saint Lucia I was given a lovely, Pollock-bought one, to cut and assemble, but it is so intricate I’m a litte in awe. It will take some guts just to start cutting. Meanwhile, I might try something easier…
But never mind. For now I thought I’d share a few TT-related links.
Here you can find R.L. Stevenson’s delightful essay from which I borrowed this post’s title. And of course, Pollock’s. Then there is Lucia Contreras’ site Teatritos, where you can read about paper theatres and view images from her wonderful collection. Should you have developed an urge to have a toy theatre of your own, here the V&A provides you with all the printables you need – including a play. And last, possibly the one reason why I might wish for an iPad: a TT app!
And have a nice theatrical weekend.
- Visit to Pollocks Toy Museum (emmaharry92.wordpress.com)