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Category Archives: Thought for the Day

First Night Design | My Comments on Your Blogs and That Virus

Comments The comments I made and make on your blogs do not register and haven’t during my blog sabbatical.  I have been unable thus far to resolve the situation  This … Continue reading


Typecast as a terrorist | Riz Ahmed | The Long Read | World news | The Guardian

The Long Read: As my acting career developed, I was no longer cast as a radical Muslim – except at the airport Source: Typecast as a terrorist | Riz Ahmed … Continue reading

09/18/2016 · 4 Comments

Thought for the Day • CUTTING ICE • Fram • 2008

Tony Harrison has never trodden the conventional path. Harrison’s The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus with its dangling phalluses, his superb rendering of The Oresteia and the muscular sonority of hisThe Mysteries have … Continue reading

04/18/2016 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day • GREAT ART, BAD THEATRE • The Sultan’s Elephant • 2006

The French company, Royal de Luxe, got everyone talking about its street theatre event, The Sultan’s Elephant, which took place in London over the weekend, not least critics Carole Woddis … Continue reading

02/08/2016 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day • THEATRENOW.COM TAKES THE PISS • 2003

A patronising, piss-taking generalization pops up in today’s theatrenow newsletter. We expect it in most publications, obsessed as they are with the idea that all performers are egotistical ‘luvvies’. Coming … Continue reading

01/20/2016 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day • NEVER SO GOOD • A Dissenting View • 2008

After reading Evie Rackham’s notice of Never So Good on Rogues & Vagabonds, along with a lot of the press comment in the past fortnight, I’m wondering whether paying your … Continue reading

12/05/2015 · 2 Comments

Thought for the Day • BLONDE BOMBERS • An Afterthought • 2006

Anyone who has been to Hampstead Theatre recently will know that something a bit special is going on there. The Octagon at Bolton have brought down a small gem in … Continue reading

10/29/2015 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day • IS THIS A DAGGER…? or NO BLUES FOR SPACEY • 2006

‘Fresh from my triumph last week in advocating that influential restaurant critics should be compelled to dine at an establishment twice before writing their reviews, I’m grateful to The Old … Continue reading

09/29/2015 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day • GRUMPY OLD WOMEN LIVE • 2006

Shock Horror! The editor of R&V is a grumpy old woman. As are Jenny Éclair, Linda Robson and Dillie Keane – ‘their combined age is unprintable’. It’s easy to reach … Continue reading

09/06/2015 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day • Minnie versus Major • 2002

Minnie Driver has been criticising Judi Dench in an interview with a Los Angeles newspaper, reports the Daily Mail. ‘..with all due respect,’ she says, ‘we have some of the … Continue reading

05/23/2015 · 7 Comments

Thought for the Day • ARNOLD WESKER • Open Letters • 2004

Whether you end up cheering from the aisles or closing the Pass Door in his face, so to speak, it’s always worth reading Arnold Wesker‘s writings. It is Wesker — … Continue reading

03/08/2015 · 2 Comments

Thought for the Day • WASTE • Almeida Theatre • 2008

At the preview performance I saw, Samuel West’s production of Waste was unbearably DULL and SLOW. It wasn’t just me reflecting the wasteland of my own disillusioned soul. I saw two couples … Continue reading

02/21/2015 · 3 Comments

Thought for the Day • GREAT UNDERSTUDIES • 2007

If you haven’t yet seen Fiddler on the Roof at the Savoy, why not take advantage of seeing Henry Goodman’s understudy in the part of Tevye. Actor Matt Zimmerman, who is playing … Continue reading

07/29/2014 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day • PUBLIC SPACES • 2006

How does a theatre company overcome the challenge of consciously trying to be contemporary? How do you keep on being experimental in an age obese with images and irony? How can you … Continue reading

06/21/2014 · Leave a comment