Unexpectedly, at an event at the Cinema Museum celebrating the classic television series The Professionals, our artistic director Robert Gillespie bumped into an old friend – Brian Murphy! Robert first worked with Brian when they were in Joan Littlewood’s legendary Theatre Workshop company together at Stratford East in 1955, in a production of Lope de […]
What fantastic drama it is too. The whole third episode of Jimmy McGovern’s latest series builds towards a dramatic showdown between Sean Bean and Robert. Sean Bean plays Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic priest whose parish is a small town in northern England. Each of the six episodes follows Kerrigan’s attempts to serve members of […]
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.
Imagine seasons at the Old Vic with movie stars Richard Burton and Claire Bloom topping the billing. Most theatre-lovers now would guess they would be productions to kill to see. Well, in the mid-1950s, they happened, and Burton and Bloom led a cast of actors who were individually names of renown. Robert has so many […]
They don’t even call them libraries any longer. The name has been euphemized into ‘learning centre’ – or would bowdlerized be a better expression? Libraries have slowly been eroded, with only major towns and cities retaining anything coming close to the description. The argument goes that they aren’t needed any longer. We have Google and […]
Brian Friel gave me an umbrella. It was a sensible, thoughtful gift and perfect for the time. He’d written a play called Volunteers…