110 minutes of film on one camera non-stop. I didn’t believe it till I turned up and started rehearsing. I’ve never rehearsed a movie before. No. You learn the lines, walk onto the set, mutter through a couple of times and shoot the scene; that’s how movies work, don’t they?
Manfred von Richthofen stars in the world première of our play (called The Red Baron). It’s about to open – did you know this WW1 hero and great aerial killer, had a change of mind?
A very Happy Birthday, Thomas… we listened to you (us lucky nations). You helped us get it right.
Nice voice, nice voice…
I’m glad Alan Bennett quoted Ronald Eyre in his play The Habit Of Art because Ron was one of those brilliant minds (double first at Oxford) who struggled with religion.
Brian Friel gave me an umbrella. It was a sensible, thoughtful gift and perfect for the time. He’d written a play called Volunteers…
There was a fantastic documentary (was it the 70s?) which ended with thousands of folk lined up on the coast of North Africa, facing Ceuta and stretching east and west… dressed in all kinds of costumes…
I came across the headline:
Many California residents are trying to conserve water, but it may do little good in the face of population growth.
When I was working in Israel the clever, sensitive actors around me kept asking me: ‘Is Northern Ireland with you, the same as it is with us and the Palestinians?’ Different detail, same problem, I said. ‘But you’re solving it,’ they said, ‘How do we do that?’
My child… will be poor if I can’t afford to give him, or her, a good life.
But why should I expect you – or the state – to bring up my child, when I can’t?
And why should I pay to bring up your child when you can’t?