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 […]
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?
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 […]
It took until I was in my thirties for me to discover Robert Graves’ wonderful world of the scheming Roman royal family. I only waited so long because my degree was in classics and I was warned off both the book and the celebrated BBC Television series by my tutors, who worried about its exaggerations […]
Industry newspaper The Stage is running a competition to find an undiscovered talent in theatre criticism. Good! Could it be you? You can apply here. These days it seems anyone with internet access can pass themselves off as a critic, and some of the less scrupulous online websites and magazines take on reviewers who don’t […]
Just as I cannot remember any time when I could not read and write…
When at last I could afford to dress presentably…