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Uncategorized April 23, 2010

WHILE THY BOOKE DOTH LIVE, AND WE HAVE PRAISE TO GIVE

I am remembering one of Shakespeare’s birthdays: a party in 1967, aloft in the Old Vic rehearsal room after a matinée. It was attended by us National Theatre actors, now so recently the resident company. We felt, I think, rather up to the moment (we had done a matinée of Zeffirelli’s audaciously colourful and riotous

Uncategorized April 11, 2010

BRINGING HOME THE BACON

I’ve never tried to get onto the performance poetry circuit. This circuit suits me well: I imagine the audience, and rehearse alone with them that conundrum of sharing confidence whilst steering the dangerous course between self-revelation and self-indulgence. The short webcam film is, like a doodle on a restaurant napkin, confined within limits; at the

Uncategorized April 10, 2010

COMING ATTRACTION

In touch with Kathleen across the world in the Sydney ‘editing suite’, I can report that we are a little more advanced this week and hope to post Aloft (ostensibly about the faithful reconstruction of Francis Bacon’s London studio in his home city of Dublin) during the course of Sunday Greenwich Mean Time. It continues

Uncategorized April 3, 2010

HIS LATE MASTER’S VOICE

Bear with me, but understanding things in theory is no substitute for understanding through hands-on experience. Perhaps that’s why so many government attempts to improve the way things work go wrong, though in Melvyn Bragg’s The City, Part Two on BBC Radio 4 this week we learned that it was only the intervention of government,

Uncategorized March 29, 2010

STOP PRESS – LATE EDITION

For you out there, awaiting the next webcam movie, we have decided to delay the posting for a day or so for vital re-shooting: these things happen in Follywood. My editor Kate is working from Sydney, and here at the front office and studios I am everything from Star and Line Producer, to Best Boy

Uncategorized March 21, 2010

MEMENTO VIVERE

This week I’d like to take you ‘on location’ to Hampstead Cemetery, the setting of a short film I’ve made. Graveyard Ditties, No.1 A Royal Command Variety Performance I like to prove that I’m still alive Though here old Father Time’s work with his scythe Has put so many people in the earth Reminding us

Uncategorized March 14, 2010

PERFECT INFINITIVE

  There’s always a first time, and this is it: my very first webcam blog, featuring a brand new recording of my poem ‘Infinity, and So Forth’, filmed just a few feet away from the site of its composition, and a sneak preview of a new self-portrait. Here is the painting, which is approximately 10

Uncategorized March 7, 2010

MORE MATTER FOR A MARCH MORNING

Odd that on my last ‘Bard Blog’ day – I usually start thinking about the blog on Friday – I should have met someone who remembered my Hamlet; a tall order because, although two productions of Hamlet featuring me as the Prince were planned, one at the Mermaid Theatre, the other by the British Council

Uncategorized February 28, 2010

AND ONE MAN IN HIS TIME

My blogs, including my first Bard Blog, have been variously criticized for not being blogs at all, far too long (never far too short), and even, for resembling every other blog. So I thought if I featured a short piece of footage of me speaking Shakespeare in my one-man show of 1999, at least it