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Zigger Zagger
Published: May 25th, 2022 by theatretrain

Zigger Zagger

The first school play I directed, about a zillion years ago, was about football fans and it was called Zigger Zagger. It felt like it had a cast of thousands, but it was between 60 and a 100. For our set I decided that we needed a proper football stand, so I contacted a scaffolding […]

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Building a better future for our kids
Published: May 19th, 2022 by theatretrain

Building a better future for our kids

On my travels I found a 1920s cinema which had fallen into a state of dilapidation but as you can see from the picture has now been converted into a swish theatre for children and young people. There are 200 comfortable seats and a walkway round the sides to the back of the auditorium. Finished […]

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How kindness benefits our wellbeing
Published: May 16th, 2022 by theatretrain

How kindness benefits our wellbeing

It’s well documented that being kind, and receiving kindness, positively impacts our wellbeing. There isn’t just anecdotal evidence to support this. Hundreds of scientific studies prove that kindness is vital to our happiness. But did you know that kindness can help you live longer? And that being kind is more beneficial than receiving kindness? Kindness […]

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Brixen
Published: May 12th, 2022 by theatretrain

Brixen

This week I am in Brixen which is high up in northern, German-speaking, Italy. It is a region called South Tyrol, and if you imagine the Sound of Music you get an idea of what it looks like. Mountains and valleys with high up isolated communities and huge Baroque churches and statues in the valley […]

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Sir Elton
Published: May 5th, 2022 by theatretrain

Sir Elton

When it finally happens, I’m looking forward to seeing Sir Elton in his farewell show at the O2 Arena. It was scheduled long ago but the pandemic intervened.  “Having not known the rockstar life I wasn’t expecting the enormous crates of lager piled high.” When I was 20, I was lucky enough to be in […]

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