Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…


“The profession should be and is a kind of relay race – about information, opinions and passions being passed on.” — Alan Rickman, Theatregoer Magazine, November 2001

Welcome to the new Rogues & Vagabonds!  In 2001, I founded Rogues & Vagabonds, a regularly updated site for anyone with a passion for Theatre.   A treasure trove of fascinating and indispensable articles were published between 2001 and 2008, all of which  I am steadily transferring to this blog.  The idea behind the site was – and is — to bring the theatrical past alive and cast a fresh eye over the contemporary scene, untrammelled by the restrictions often in place with ‘accepted’ media outlets.

You will find quotes, interviews with actors, actresses, directors and playwrights, as well as considered and incisive reviews and features that discuss theatre from many different angles; sometimes those aspects are surprising, at other times fascinating or curious.

I have also started sharing contemporary articles from other theatre and film sources.

The primary focus is British Theatre, although there are inevitable overlaps with Theatre worldwide, as well as Film and Television.

When I ran the original Rogues & Vagabonds, I was helped by some wonderful freelance contributors of diverse origins and ages, experience and perspectives.  To them, as always, I give my heartfelt thanks.

Freelance Contributors Adam Barnard Joanna Bacon Julienne Bannister Joanna Bedford Diana Bailey Britten Barry Kieron Barry Alice Beneyto John Biggins Michael Brabazon Mark Campbell Jonathan Dory Millie Eden Rhona Foulis Sharon Garfinkel Lou Gerard Benjie Grunberger Lynne Harvey Amanda Hodges Tom Howard Jack Hughes Joe Hytner Claire Ingrams Neil Jones Ian Lees Peggy Leader Howard Loxton Rachel Lynn Brody Suzanne Marston Morag McTavish Keith Michell Jason Millar Neil Monro-Davies Peter Mottley Patrick Newley Matthew Nichols Kevin Quarmby Evie Rackham Pippa Rathborne Sharon Sawers C J Sheridan Richard Syms Adam Taylor Norman Tozer Howard Watson Belinda Williams Rhys Williams Carole Woddis Linda Wyman

I was born in a trunk.

© Sarah Vernon Editor

My other blogs:

“Oh, god, you know, in medieval Britain, actors were called rogues and vagabonds. And we are all actually rogues and vagabonds – no matter how we look tonight.” — Helen Mirren accepting her Screen Actors Guild award for Gosford Park in 2002

40 comments on “About

  1. Pingback: Earlier Site, New Blog—Rogues & Vagabonds—British Theatre « First Night Design

  2. Coco J. Ginger

    WELCOME to the blogesphere 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thanks but not new as First Night Design has been going for two or three years. I am new to having two, however, and how to specify which blog I want to comment from! Much thanks for liking and following!


  4. Coco J. Ginger

    Oh obviously, sorry about that! 🙂


  5. Thom Hickey

    Delighted to have discovered your blog and looking forward to much reading here. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. First Night Design

    Thanks, Thom, for following!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. elainecanham

    Hi Sarah, I’ve nominated you for an award; the rules have been changed, so you don’t have to think up new stuff about yourself (unless you want to). You can lie magnificently instead!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. First Night Design

    Oh darling, that’s so sweet of you. Thank you. I’ve actually decided to be award-free on all my blogs as I just can’t keep up! But I’ll be doing a post about it on FND in which I will include all the people who’ve been so kind, including you. Bless you, Elaine.


  9. elainecanham


    Liked by 1 person

  10. valzart

    Hi Sarah,great to find you on here & have a great weekend my friend :-} Valz ♥

    Liked by 2 people

  11. First Night Design

    Lovely to see you here, Valz! Much thanks for following Rogues & Vagabonds as well!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. PoshPedlar

    Fascinating blog. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information…

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Mary

    Lovely Blog Sarah, nice to meet you – I’m looking forward to visiting your blog. Thank you for visiting my blog ~

    Liked by 1 person

  14. First Night Design

    Pleasure, Mary. Thank you for following R&V!


  15. marjma2014

    I didn’t realise that you had this blog as well Sarah. Busy lady!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. First Night Design

    Too busy – I have a history blog as well. I have to scale down or I’ll have another stroke! Much thanks for following, Marjorie.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. marjma2014

    Oh dear, do take care. I find it hard enough maintaining one blog! Your blogs are lovely by the way. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. First Night Design

    Thank you. The history one doesn’t take much work as it’s mostly reblogs. R&V is supposed to be transfers from my original theatre website but of late has been only reblogging! And let’s not even talk about trying to update, like and comment on my various art galleries. I’m crazy! Have a lovely weekend, Marjorie!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. marjma2014

    Thanks, you too. Have a great weekend. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Vlad Zaycev

    Very interesting!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. First Night Design

    I’m glad you think so, Vlad.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Pingback: Noir « LAST POST

  23. Hi Sarah, I had no idea you also run another blog. Thanks for linking back to my recent post about Downton Abbey. I don’t think I would have known about this blog unless you had done that.

    I look forward to reading the posts you publish here.

    Best wishes,

    Liked by 1 person

  24. First Night Design

    See answer on my Downton reblog!


  25. petrel41


    I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog Award.

    More about this nomination is at


  26. vinnieh

    I find your blog most interesting.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. First Night Design

    Bless you.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. vinnieh

    Thank you, I hope you like what you find on my blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  29. First Night Design

    I do, which is why I’ve followed you back!

    Liked by 1 person

  30. vinnieh

    I’m very grateful for your follow.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. archecotech

    Awe ha, now I understand. This is your second blog, thank you for reblogging my article about Irving Berlin. It’s a bit political but then what isn’t today. This vagabound is going to go have a browse among your post. Can’t wait to see what I find.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. First Night Design

    I like a bit of politics!


  33. Andy Smart

    Great looking blog 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  34. First Night Design

    Thank you, Andy!

    Liked by 1 person

  35. Andy Smart

    My pleasure > Very interesting 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  36. hilarycustancegreen

    As the mother of a theatre director (was London, now in Chicago I am delighted to find you.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. First Night Design

    I’m delighted you’re delighted! Your daughter has some impressive credits.

    Liked by 1 person

  38. Globalresidence

    Lovely quote! Alan Rickman, a truly amazing actor! Very much missed. Wishing you happy weekend, Sarah. 😃

    Liked by 1 person

  39. First Night Design

    Very much so. Thanks for the follow! Take care.

    Liked by 1 person

  40. Globalresidence


    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.



the art of mimulux

digital art, fine art, photography by mimulux

method two madness

a blog of two friends

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!


Dictatorship is good. If the Dictator is me.

Welcome to my Art and Lifestyle Blog. Follow my adventures as a Bohemian artist.


Thoughts (random and intended) from a writer.

A Teacher's Reflections

Thirty Years of Wonder

Violet's Vegan Comics

Vegan-Friendly Stories for Small Children and Big Kids


Be welcome to the land of all cultural and artistic expression, nature and animals

Middlemay Farm

Katahdin Sheep, Chickens, Ducks, Dogs and Novelist Adrienne Morris live here (with humans).

Ace News Services

" This is our daily news that we feel is important & we want to tell people about the truth behind the story "

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

Nicholas C. Rossis

Award-winning, dream-protecting author

Sophia Riley Kobacker

it's all about the story, possums...

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

My Dad Is A Goldfish

Caring for a demented dad

Micheline's Blog

Art, music, books, history & current events

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

In My Not So Humble Opinion

The Writings and Ramblings of Ben Herman

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff


The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Have We Had Help?

The blog of a published writer


Family, Politics and Poetry

Gaston Bessette, Photographie

La passion de la photo-Photographs as a passion

bongdoogle doodles

'The contemporary art work of m.caimbeul’

London Life With Liz

A lifestyle blog with a little bit of everything.

Viv & Richard's Blog

A new life in Turkey


Learn to make your own luck.

The Chiddicks Family Tree

Every Family has a story to tell..........Welcome to mine

artwallace inspired

....stories about my paintings

Windmills of My Mind

When the wind of change blows, some people build walls others build windmills- Chinese Proverb

Feed My Reads South Africa

Part of the Feed My Reads International Family

Mental health 360°

Raising awareness through personal and professional experiences

The Secret Barrister

Independent Blogger of the Year, The Comment Awards 2016 & 2017

Heritage Calling

A Historic England Blog

British Pathé

Updates from the Archive on WordPress

Homeless up north

My experiences of my time sleeping rough on the streets of North east England

Free Vintage Illustrations

Free full-color vintage illustrations in the public domain! Curated from postcards, books, ads, and more antique media from the 19th to early 20th-century.

Disappointed Idealist

Ranting from the chalkface

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

Rethinking Life

Art and the philosophy of life

Edinburgh Eye

Equality, cats, and tea.

Silver Screenings

Ruth's Old Movie Reviews

%d bloggers like this: