Birmingham Stage Company


30 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 find a pretty person who is an interesting actor - which is why those who are pretty and good usually become stars.

Thank goodness theatre is still (just about) a meritocracy, or else what would have happened to Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redrave, Eileen Atkins, Brenda Blethyn...

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