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Horrible present day

On Sunday we were performing Horrible Histories in the West End, when a cold thought crossed my mind. Holding a severed head in my hand, I was busy explaining to a delighted and horrified audience that two thousand years ago the ancient Celts stuck severed heads onto the gates of their hill forts, when my [...]
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Abuse

I have long held the view that child abuse is much more common than acknowledged.  The scale of the problem was brought home to me a decade ago by a Newsnight report that devoted its entire programme to a woman who was frightened her estranged father was going to abuse his new grandson.  She retold [...]
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Diane Abbott

I long ago lost faith in Diane Abbott but her reprimand of Ed Miliband in yesterday’s Guardian was her finest hour. When a Labour leader starts questioning the numbers of West Africans in Thurrock to ingratiate himself with the locals, then we really know this country is heading into dangerous and disturbing territory. If you [...]
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Mad

Yesterday I had the maddest thirty minutes of my entire mad life. I was auditioning for character roles in a major video game in which I was asked to portray various emperors, princes, goblins and monsters. I spent these thirty minutes of my life screaming, shouting orders and growling at the very top of my voice. The [...]
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UKIP

I’ve been reading Primo Levi’s extraordinary account of his 11 months at Auschwitz and was struck by his opening preface: “Many people – many nations – can find themselves holding, more or less wittingly, that ‘every stranger is an enemy’. For the most part this conviction lies deep down like some latent infection; it betrays [...]
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Biceps

I really enjoyed a recent visit to see PAJAMA GAME at the Shaftesbury Theatre but it left me with a question. The director, designer, costume designer and musical director have done everything they can to evoke the 1950′s in which the show is set – the hair is just right – the shoes spot on [...]
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Inspiration

My teacher Christopher Jefferies, wrongly arrested for the murder of Joanna Yeates in Bristol, gave an excellent talk last week on the British media. At the time I was astonished how even broadsheets wilfully peddle lies simply to corroborate a story they are determined to tell, no matter how misleading. The Daily Telegraph reported that [...]
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What’s the point

In an article about the incredible Alice Herz-Sommer who I had never heard of before, I was touched by what Stephen Hough wrote about what music can achieve: “To lift us out of ourselves, to point beyond, to awaken a sense of the ‘other’.” I think the very best theatre strives for the same thing – to [...]
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Clothes

I didn’t realise how moving it would be to see clothes from Tudor times which are now on display at a wonderful exhibition of Elizabethan’s at the National Portrait Gallery. There is something strangely poingnant about looking at an ordinary cloth cap worn over four hundred years ago and even more remarkably the jacket of [...]
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Horrible Times

It was only today as I sat on a bench overlooking Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge that it occurred to me that over the weekend BSC has been performing in London’s Hyde Park, Derby, the Isle of Wight and Sydney Opera House. It’s just a little extraordinary that a company whose only ambition [...]
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