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The Real You and the Blazer
Published: December 6th, 2021 by theatretrain

The Real You and the Blazer

I once watched a brilliant school assembly in a school at which I was teaching. “She took the scissors and CUT HIS SHIRT!” The Year Head produced a large pair of scissors and slowly scanned all the faces looking at her. What was going to happen? Already the atmosphere became hushed and wondering. Eventually she […]

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West End is alive and Kicking
Published: November 29th, 2021 by theatretrain

West End is alive and Kicking

We took our 4-year-old daughter to see Frozen the musical. The Theatre Royal Drury Lane was buzzing with kids wearing Elsa outfits and there was a full house. We’d had these seats for two years so were excited to finally see the production. I struggle with a lot of Disney. There is something too cutsie […]

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Don’t read this unashamed book plug
Published: November 22nd, 2021 by theatretrain

Don’t read this unashamed book plug

Well, you are disobeying what I said so that’s good or these words would just lie here unvisited. There’s something a bit quirky in creative people. They tend to think in different and unusual ways. And that’s what I want to talk about this week. Over the years I have met many young people, and […]

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Giving and Getting
Published: November 15th, 2021 by theatretrain

Giving and Getting

When I was about 10, I had a birthday party. One of the boys at the party was called Jeffrey and I don’t know who it was that saw him but someone in my family watched him put his hand into a bowl containing the pineapple chunks and eat a fistful. Thereafter ‘Jeffery the pineapple […]

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The Final Trumpet
Published: November 8th, 2021 by theatretrain

The Final Trumpet

The first year I joined the National Youth Theatre I was lucky enough to be in two productions in London. One was a play called FUZZ about student protest. The other was Shakespeare’s Macbeth performed at the Roundhouse – then a cool play to perform but largely still a huge engine shed with tiered seats […]

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