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Uncategorized October 11, 2010

WORK IN PROGRESS

You may recall an earlier incarnation of this self-portrait, which featured in my very first webcam blog back in March. Today I was inspired to revise the painting and so I offer here a detail of my work in progress. Tomorrow a lunch reception is being given by Lord Cope of Berkeley for the Dorothy L.

Uncategorized October 4, 2010

OUTTAKE

It is meat and drink to me to see a clown. Touchstone, As You Like It, Act V, sc.i There is rather a lot to contend with on my revamped website.* But in case anyone would like some light reading, this week’s blog features an outtake from the manuscript of my book Slim Chances. I

Uncategorized September 28, 2010

QUANTUM LEAPS AND BOUNDS

First a little test: can you match the lines with the titles of the plays in which they are spoken? 1. The boy is plainly innocent. I accept the brief. 2. And it was then that I saw her. Just … just looking at me. 3. Look at this in a new way and a hidden pattern emerges

Uncategorized September 27, 2010

NEW ADDITIONS TO PETH’S STAGING POST

A further word from the editor As some of you may already be aware, Peth’s Staging Post, Edward’s official website, has undergone some recent renovation and a veritable Petherbridgean feast awaits the cyber-visitor. In particular, there is an all-new WIMSEYCALITIES section, an eclectic anthology of prose and verse. Highlights include a master class in the art

Uncategorized September 19, 2010

MUSEUM PIECES

Space and Light is the title of a new Edward Gordon Craig exhibition in the V&A’s Theatre Galleries, but both elements were in short supply at the official opening on Friday evening. We were crammed round a large model rhinoceros, the theatrical significance of which eluded me – unless there was an implicit reference to

Uncategorized September 5, 2010

GOING TO PRESS!

A brief word from the editor I’m delighted to announce that Edward is putting the final finishing touches to his eagerly awaited volume of essays, and that the completed manuscript will be with the publishers this week. Slim Chances and Unscheduled Appearances will be officially launched in early spring. A National Theatre Platform is being planned

Uncategorized August 30, 2010

TO MOSCOW! TO MOSCOW! TO MOSCOW!

For years after I had played Vershinin in Three Sisters, one of his speeches would come back to me like a snatch of an old tune and I would speak it aloud wherever I happened to be: I often think: what if we could, consciously, begin our lives anew. If only a life that had

Uncategorized August 23, 2010

YOUNG ILLUSIONISTS

If this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?                                                                J. B. Priestley Dreamboats and Petticoats, Playhouse, London, 2010 The Roses and