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Published: October 18th, 2021 by theatretrain

A Guilty Pleasure

I must confess that at the end of a busy workday I watch Discovering Film on Sky Arts. Meanwhile our 4-year-old is watching a thing we call “Rubbish Anna and Elsa.” It consists of videos of small Barbie-like dolls living a very materialistic lifestyle. The dolls are manipulated by people and given voices and of […]

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The Big Top Revisited
Published: October 11th, 2021 by theatretrain

The Big Top Revisited

We took our 4-year-old to the circus recently. It had changed a lot since I last went. In my day it was mainly about animals – lions, tigers, elephants, performing seals and dogs, trapeze acts and of course – clowns. I also remember one year a man was fired out of a cannon up and […]

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Doing A Proper Job
Published: October 4th, 2021 by theatretrain

Doing A Proper Job

I met Dean Mark an ex-member of a youth theatre I ran. He has been a professional session musician for many years. He has toured with Lemar, Roy Ayers, Craig David, Lulu and many more. We talked about what makes a great performer. Obviously, you must have to have a technique and that means working […]

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Pippin – Our Life in His Life
Published: September 27th, 2021 by theatretrain

Pippin – Our Life in His Life

The musical Pippin was first produced on Broadway in 1972. It belongs to a group of musicals like Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair that explore questions about our lives. This production, at the small Charing Cross Theatre, had a cast of eight people and felt like a throwback to the 1970s with a set […]

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The Day I Sang for Prince Charles – Well Nearly
Published: September 20th, 2021 by theatretrain

The Day I Sang for Prince Charles – Well Nearly

Many years ago, I sang in a choir. It was the choir that went with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. We were excited one day when they told us at rehearsal that we were going to sing The Dream of Gerontius with the orchestra at the Malvern Festival and Prince Charles would be in […]

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