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Uncategorized February 29, 2016

SEE IT UNDER LIGHT

We’re waltzing in the wonder of why we’re here … Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz, ‘Dancing in the Dark’ (1931) The photo above shows a detail from the first annual Festival of Song and Light in New York’s Central Park in 1916. One hundred years later, London is celebrating the UK premiere of the Magical

Uncategorized February 18, 2016

COSMIC RIPPLES

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Albert Einstein A sonnet and short film to celebrate the recent discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time that were predicted by Einstein a century ago as

Uncategorized February 3, 2016

AUDIOBOOKS

I was rather proud and astonished to be picked out recently by the South China Morning Post for my ‘bravura reading’ of War and Peace – astonished because the abridgement I recorded twenty-one years ago is so very … well, abridged.* At the moment I am deep into reading aloud the first of two mystery

Uncategorized January 29, 2016

MY FIRST LEADING LADY

I am carried away by the knowledge that the game I am playing is the most serious and exciting there is. Albert Camus, Notebooks CLICK TO HEAR PART ONE OF THE AUDIO RECORDING I learn from the latest edition of the West Bowling Local History Journal that my childhood first leading lady, Pamela Craven, is

Uncategorized January 6, 2016

WITH HEY, HO

Any great art work … revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air. Leonard Bernstein I have long held that Twelfth

Uncategorized December 29, 2015

RENEWAL

Eternity’s a terrible thought. I mean, where’s it all going to end? Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Christmas is a time for recycling. This isn’t an installation at Tate Modern (I wonder what they do about their recycling). Nobody here in East Sussex, where we live, will take paper and cardboard in the

Uncategorized November 28, 2015

SUSPENDED MOTION

Just a lot of floating seeds to start with, all sorts of seeds. Joyce Carey, The Horse’s Mouth A new limerick sequence:

Uncategorized November 12, 2015

TIME AND TRAIN

I remember carriage interiors very like this, with the leather strap to adjust the window to keep out smoke. I travelled widely as a touring actor before the infamous Dr Beeching axed hundreds of miles of branch lines in the early 1960s. I advise slow trains on branch lines, half-empty trains that go through meadows

Uncategorized November 11, 2015

ART IN THE RIGHT PLACE

Violent brushwork and strident colour are the manifestation of a desperate intensity of vision, are an act of surrender to the terrible vitality of things. David Sylvester,  Encounter, December 1954 In March 1981, Emily and I were busy. We spent eleven days in a television studio, filming Trevor Nunn’s RSC stage production of Chekhov’s Three

Uncategorized November 1, 2015

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT

The sacred sense of beyond, of timelessness, of a world which had an eternal value and the substance of which was divine had been given back to me today by this friend of mine who taught me dancing. Hermann Hesse A short Halloween reflection in limerick form: