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Uncategorized June 26, 2016

A SUSSEX SUMMER

There had always been lilies there, self-sown from wind-dropped seed, floating red and white on the green plates of their leaves. Water, for hundreds of years, had silted down into the hollow, and lay there, four or five feet deep over a black cushion of mud. Under the thick plate of green water, glazed in

Uncategorized June 3, 2016

A SEASIDE DUET

I had occasion to be in Hove on the Spring Bank Holiday and while strolling along the prom I spotted, on the rich yellow façade of a Renaissance Revival-style mansion block, a pair of blue plaques. The names on the plaques, very familiar to me, were of two contrasting personalities of the Victorian and Edwardian stage.

Uncategorized June 2, 2016

IN SILHOUETTE

Google has today been celebrating the 117th birthday of Lotte Reiniger, pioneer of silhouette animation, with a rather wonderful animated ‘doodle’ by Olivia Huynh: For my Actors’ Company production of Jack and the Beanstalk (in a double bill with Euripides’ Bacchae), Lotte designed a marvellously effective shadow play for the Jack-Giant sequence; it was the

Uncategorized May 2, 2016

AUDIOBOOK SPECIAL OFFER EXTENDED

We have some more complimentary Audible downloads of Edward reading Charles Veley’s The Last Moriarty to give away. The offer is open to UK residents only on a first-come-first-served basis. Please go to the website’s Contact page, type TLM OFFER in the subject line, and in the message box type your answer to the following question:

Uncategorized April 26, 2016

REBUILDING HOPE

This latest short film includes a rare audio excerpt from my play Pillar Talk and a reflection on the recent installation in Trafalgar Square of the replica of Palmyra’s triumphal arch. In the revised radio version of Pillar Talk, I included a letter to Simeon Stylites from a Roman actor. It too has something to

Uncategorized April 26, 2016

THE LAST MORIARTY – SPECIAL OFFER

Peth’s Staging Post is delighted to offer complimentary Audible downloads of Edward reading Charles Veley’s The Last Moriarty to the first ten blog readers who contact the website and correctly answer the question below. The offer is open to UK residents only. Please go to the website’s Contact page, type TLM OFFER in the subject line,

Uncategorized April 24, 2016

PROSPERO’S FAREWELL

On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in 1964, I had three small parts in Olivier’s Othello at the National Theatre. On this 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, I thought it might be appropriate to speak Prospero’s final speech, his farewell to his magic, which some have thought was Shakespeare’s farewell to the theatre.

Uncategorized April 16, 2016

IN THE ROUND AT THE NT

It is five years since the publication of my book Slim Chances and Unscheduled Appearances (in its original edition). The launch was marked by a Platform I did at the National Theatre and, shortly after, an exhibition at Burgh House in Hampstead. The Platform was filmed by the NT and, at the time, I posted

Uncategorized April 11, 2016

LIGHTING A SPARK

The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one. Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse Not sure I responded well to being accused of making a ‘cut-out’ instead of a 3D painting but something was wrong with the ear in my latest

Uncategorized March 13, 2016

CHIAROSCURO AND THAT LEFT EAR

I’ve been in two minds whether to burden my blog watchers with yet another self-portrait. The fact is I hadn’t picked up a brush for months and months and simply thought it would be good practice to use a handy mirror and force myself to get started on something. A friend made a comment about