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Uncategorized February 26, 2018


A short film inspired by a recent day out among the Sussex Downs, and with an eye to revolutions both historical and close to home. Clapham House in Litlington, mentioned at the end of the film, was also home to Charles Joseph La Trobe (1801-1875), first Lieutenant-Governor of the then colony of Victoria. He was

Uncategorized February 9, 2018


The snows are fled away, leaves on the shaws And grasses in the mead renew their birth, The river to the river-bed withdraws, And altered is the fashion of the earth. A. E. Housman,‘Diffugere Nives’ (Horace, Odes IV.vii) A poem to celebrate a golden harbinger of spring in Sussex:

Uncategorized February 7, 2018


Three years ago, Kathleen and I produced a short film to mark International Women’s Day and to celebrate the special contributions of West Hampstead’s former residents to the cause of women’s emancipation. We reprise the film here to acknowledge the centenary of the first legislative step towards women’s suffrage in Britain.

Uncategorized January 25, 2018


Google has today created a new ‘doodle’ to celebrate Virginia Woolf’s 136th birthday. And so, it seems timely to reprise our little film which features my sonnets about Virginia and her last home, Monk’s House, here in East Sussex. Towards the end of the film, you will have heard Emily reading, so beautifully, an excerpt

Uncategorized January 7, 2018


Geraldine Stephenson, movement teacher and choreographer, died on Christmas Eve. Philip [Prowse, director of The Duchess of Malfi, NT 1985], I discovered, had instinctive choreographic flair. Even in the rehearsal room, with four or five actors standing about as courtiers in their street clothes, he would offhandedly gesture to suggest a shift of position and the

Uncategorized January 6, 2018


It makes me so happy. To be at the beginning again, knowing almost nothing … A door like this has cracked open five or six times since we got up on our hind legs. It’s the best possible time of being alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong. Tom Stoppard, Arcadia A

Uncategorized December 24, 2017


My life has often been marked, and enriched, by the most remarkable coincidences; and sometimes the coincidences come not single spies, but in battalions (or at any rate in small clusters). This Christmas Eve I thought I’d share with you a very recent brush with serendipity. In addition, I specially want to thank all of

Uncategorized December 22, 2017


Two Christmas poems, the first a sonnet to camera in tribute to my mother: And: A Night Before Christmas (17 December 2017) Waking in the small hours No hope of heavenly hosts amongst the empty galaxies But on this spec – this spinning ball – our world – My iPhone, balanced on the bedside table, Brings tidings

Uncategorized December 21, 2017


Recently I took part in an exploration of theatrical lighting conducted by Fiona Shaw for Radio 3. Fiona and I appeared together in The Rivals at the National Theatre in 1983 – it was her first juvenile role at the NT and my last. The programme airs on Christmas Day at 6.45pm and is called Illuminating

Uncategorized December 5, 2017


A trailer for my play Pillar Talk which I first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2005 and which is now available for the first time on CD. For information on how to purchase, please visit BRAINFOOD AUDIOBOOKS UK.