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Monthly Archives: April 2008


Just come back from RADA showcase where a top agent friend told me she was just looking for ‘pretties’. “It’s all TV and film directors are interested in now” she told me. How marvellously depressing is that?! And not only because it radically reduces the chances for the ‘not-pretties’ but also because its harder to [...]
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We’re coming to the end of the showcase season for the drama schools. Given the unfortunate importance of these events for those involved, it would seem to me a good idea to present the showcase to 1) school colleagues and then 2) to friends and family, so that the presentation to the profession becomes the [...]
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I don’t really do gossip, but after the programme on Channel 4 last night, I feel this could be the right forum to reveal that, some years ago, I went on a date with Ms Heather Mills. I’m not sure she knew it was a date, but I did see all her legs (she had [...]
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Jesus and George

If anyone was qualified to discuss the merits and mishaps of George Bush, it is Luke Rhinehart, the amazing author of THE DICE MAN. Luke is publishing a new book titled JESUS INVADES GEORGE which will be available from 12 May through And while you’re about it, WHITE WIND, BLACK RIDER is another wonderful, [...]
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With auditions coming up for our next three shows, it’s worth mentioning that it’s helpful – indeed vital – for people coming to the auditions to know the piece for which they are auditioning. All three shows are based on published books and in two cases the adapations have also been published. I’ve always felt [...]
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Mark Speight

There are many terrible things happening around the world – most of them involving multiple thousands -but I can’t help feeling a deep sadness about Mark Speight, following the death of Natasha Collins. The notion that someone would wish to forever remove themselves from the planet is hard to fully absorb. I have a strong [...]
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It would be hard to think of two finer performances in a musical than the current leads in WICKED. Dianne Pilkington and Kerry Ellis are exemplary. In fact everyone in the show is first rate, while these two actresses are outstanding. I can’t say I loved any particular song – for me this is a [...]
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Charlton Heston

My idol for years! Michael Moore put paid to my boyhood admiration of Heston in his film BOWLING FOR COLOMBINE – plus the fact that Heston’s autobiography (I have a signed copy!) is one of the most boring ever written. But BEN HUR was my favourite film throughout my childhood and I still find it [...]
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Sometimes it’s hard to keep up! Next week we will have five shows on stage – in London, Hull, Wolverhampton, Horsham and Kingston. Thirty-three actors, ten stage managers, three wardobe, three sound operators and a musician! There’s a show coming to your town soon!
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With three new shows coming up, we have to cast 27 actors before the end of July. I have to confess that casting is one of my least favourite activities: it’s very difficult, often boring and terrifyingly important. If you get it wrong, the consequences are like being trapped in a speeding train with no [...]
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