I spent Sunday morning with an ex-BP oil executive who has an ambition to play King Lear. He quotes Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett like a scholar of the old times. Has an enormous knowledge of and deep love for the drama. Who says business and the arts don’t mix? On the subject of mixing… he was looking to join a City Livery Company for contacts and influence and became a member of The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers – they made candles, you see. Oil… candles… both burn and light things up. He first worked for me as an Old Shepherd in Oedipus the King and once had a yen to be Falstaff. But I think he’s going to be better as Lear. I reflect on this because I believe the division between folk who can make a fat living exclusively from acting is fast disappearing. Equity says it’s 1% hit the big time and another 5% sit pretty – pretty. I’ve worked with some absolutely wonderful actors in the productions blazoned on this site… they are superb at the craft. I hope you saw some of them – and will come to our Shaw plays – but almost all of them also now teach or role play, and stuff like that, to get a good life. But they adore acting… so find a way of doing it. The great difference between them and your old-style am-dram hero is that proper actors train. They hone their skills and keep fit, ready for anything.