Rogues & Vagabonds

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

‘Heart of Darkness’ in ‘Citizen Kane’ | A R T L▼R K

On the 1st of May 1941, the American drama film Citizen Kane had its premiere in New York City. The film co-written, directed, produced by, and starring Orson Welles, has … Continue reading


How Anna Scher’s maverick acting school created so many working-class stars | Stage | The Guardian

For 50 years Anna Scher has taught acting to north London children, with many – such as Kathy Burke, Daniel Kaluuya and Adam Deacon – becoming household names. What is … Continue reading

04/03/2018 · 2 Comments

Victim (dir. Basil Dearden) 1961 | reviewdonkey

Victim is a classic movie in so many different ways. It is a great representative of the black and white, crime thriller, genre of the early 1960s. The storyline is … Continue reading

07/21/2017 · 2 Comments

Favorite Horror Films of the 1920s Continued: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – charles french words reading and writing

In this post, I will continue my series on favorite horror films, specifically of the 1920s. Another  brilliant horror movie of the 1920s is Robert Weine’s The Cabinet of Dr. … Continue reading

05/16/2017 · Leave a comment

Consent, National Theatre, South Bank, London | reviewdonkey

The reviews for this show had been so good, but it was sold out. I know that NT have a few restricted view seats that they sell at 9.30 on … Continue reading

05/08/2017 · 1 Comment

Don Juan in Soho, Wyndham’s Theatre, London, 2017 | reviewdonkey

The 17th Century version of this play closed, after only one performance, because of its repulsive and offensive nature. It was not shown in an uncensored form again for almost 150 … Continue reading

04/03/2017 · 5 Comments

Charles Macklin | London Historians’ Blog

Last week I gave St Paul’s Covent Garden a proper visit for the first time. The church was designed by Inigo Jones, having been commissioned by the Duke of Bedford, who told … Continue reading

01/24/2017 · 2 Comments

Can only rich kids afford drama tuition today? | Features | The Stage

Two years ago, drama lost its status as a foundation subject in the secondary school national curriculum, meaning it no longer has to be taught as a subject in it’s … Continue reading

10/15/2016 · 1 Comment

A Single Man (dir. Tom Ford) 2009 | reviewdonkey

A Single Man is a day in the life of George Falconer, who is grieving over the sudden death of his partner, 8 months prior. It is set in California … Continue reading

05/25/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Obituary • ELISABETH WELCH • 2003

The black American actress and singer  has died peacefully in Denville Hall at the age of 99, we have just heard. She was, says writer Patrick Newley, a lovely lady, … Continue reading

03/14/2016 · Leave a comment

Favorite Horror Films of the 1960s: Psycho | charles french words reading and writing

It is time to both revisit and move forward with my series on horror films. Psycho (1960) is a Paramount Film that was both produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock … Continue reading

02/29/2016 · 4 Comments

William Shakespeare: Plans unveiled to recreate Merseyside theatre where Bard debuted iconic plays | News | Culture | The Independent

It was in Prescot, a small hilltop town near Liverpool, that scholars believe William Shakespeare may have debuted several of his most famous plays. Now plans are afoot to recreate … Continue reading

01/18/2016 · Leave a comment

Ace in the Hole – Sunset Boulevard

This film contains one of my favourite movie quotes when Jan Sterling’s character says to Kirk Douglas: “I’ve met some hard-boiled eggs in my time but you? You’re twenty minutes.” Originally … Continue reading

11/08/2015 · Leave a comment

Quote for Today: Eugene O’Neill

Originally posted on First Night Design:
Reblogged from Synkroniciti The fog was where I wanted to be. Halfway down the path you can’t see this house. You’d never know it…

07/27/2015 · Leave a comment

Review: ‘Serena’

02/24/2015 · Leave a comment

Writing for Performance Masterclass. Ty Newydd. 9-14 Feb 2015.

Originally posted on kaiteoreilly:
Lloyd George’s former home: Ty Newydd – writers’ centre of Wales I’m delighted to give exclusive advance notice for a residential course I will be teaching…

10/11/2014 · Leave a comment

The British New Wave: 5 Movies About Gritty Brits – CURNBLOG

Originally posted on CURNBLOG. Before 1960, most films about the British working people showed them in a patronising, if affectionate way. They always worked hard, paid their bills, and endured hardship … Continue reading

06/18/2014 · 2 Comments

First Night Design | On This Day—Maxim Gorky

Originally posted on First Night Design:
MAXIM GORKY 28 March 1868—16 June 1936 Portrait of Gorky, c. 1906 ‘You must write for children the same way you write for adults,…

03/28/2014 · Leave a comment

Look Back in Languor • Lynne Harvey • 17 December 2001

In this time of joy, peace, and goodwill to our neighbours, a time when Charlotte Church, Russell Watson and assorted songsters flit across our screens unendingly, we need all the goodwill we … Continue reading

03/21/2014 · 7 Comments