Archive for: October, 2016

Uncategorized October 28, 2016

OLD TALES AND GILDED BUTTERFLIES

Beautiful and bright it should be on the surface, feathery and evanescent, one colour melting into another like the colours on a butterfly’s wing; but beneath the fabric must be clamped together with bolts of iron. Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse The formalized early 20th-century depictions of the Battle of Lewes, glimpsed in the film,

Uncategorized October 27, 2016

HOWARD DAVIES (1945-2016)

I was sad to hear on the news that the director Howard Davies has died; he was only 71. I worked with him on David Mercer’s No Limits to Love back in the days of the RSC’s Warehouse Theatre (now the Donmar), which Howard had established. But what I’m chiefly remembering this evening is his

Uncategorized October 6, 2016

ROOMS OF ONE’S OWN, PART TWO

These rooms are small, I said to myself; you must discount the value of that old chimney piece & the niches for holy water. Monks are nothing out of the way. The kitchen is distinctly bad. There’s an oil stove, & no grate. Nor is there hot water, nor a bath, & as for the