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Uncategorized August 10, 2015

ROGER’S COAT

To remember happiness which cannot be restored, is pain, but of a softened kind … and memory, however sad, is the best and purest link between this world and a better. But come! I’ll tell you a story of another kind. NICHOLAS NICKLEBY  One of the recent rediscoveries in the mammoth ongoing task of sorting and packing

Uncategorized August 6, 2015

HIROSHIMA, 70 YEARS ON

          Summer night:           ruined mountains, rivers           cry out with one voice.           Flaming trees            dance up           into the angry autumn sky. Timiki Hara,  Haiku 20, 6-7 August

Uncategorized July 31, 2015

NEW BROOMS

My friends, my dear friends! Can I be silent, in leaving this house for evermore? Can I restrain myself, in saying farewell, from expressing those feelings which now fill my whole being … ? Gaev in Act IV of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard  I arrived back from New York last month not with a clutch

Uncategorized July 13, 2015

DANCING IN THE SHADOWS

But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us … WAITING FOR GODOT  Today is the day of Roger Rees’s funeral in New York. He leaves behind his companion of more than thirty years and spouse since 2011, the writer and producer Rick Elice. I simply want to post a phrase

Uncategorized July 12, 2015

ROGER REES (1944-2015)

Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. NICHOLAS NICKLEBY Late as it is, I must mark the passing of Roger Rees. I visited him when I was working in New York last month; he was in hospital and on the last occasion,

Uncategorized July 4, 2015

THE POWER OF GOOD

If something is not impossible, then there must be a way to do it. Sir Nicholas Winton (1909-2015)  Soon after arriving home from New York I heard on the radio the news that Sir Nicholas Winton, the ‘British Schindler’, had died at the age of 106. Sir Nicholas is, in fact, one of the leading

Uncategorized July 3, 2015

SILENCE FULL OF MUSIC

People imagined they heard the actions they saw. The gestures alone supplied the place of the sweetness of the voice, of the energy of speech, of the charms of poetry. Giovanni-Andrea Gallini  A short film Kathleen and I made in New York, when I became an unofficial part of an installation by Parisian artist Philippe

Uncategorized June 28, 2015

WEST HAMPSTEAD ON WEST 45TH STREET

I’d like to see America but I’m afraid to risk it. As soon as I got over Mr. Frohman might request me to sit in a box at the performance of one of my plays. Sir Arthur Wing Pinero Daniel Frohman New York, New York and the Shubert Archive. This is what Kathleen introduced me

Uncategorized June 7, 2015

GREETINGS FROM NEW YORK

As promised, pictures of the clapboard relic near my Upper East Side lodgings and two of its neighbours which also date back to the pre-Civil War era when they were probably surrounded by open fields. Tales of My Perfect Mind off-Broadway to follow in the coming days. Photos by EP

Uncategorized June 5, 2015

BOUND FOR NEW YORK

Yesterday we had our last London rehearsal before My Perfect Mind opens in New York next week. Our rehearsal venue in Shoreditch was next to the wondrous Geffrye Museum, which specializes in the history of the English domestic interior. The main body of the museum is set in Grade 1-listed almshouses built in 1714 by the