Time sends a Message
Published: July 8th, 2020 by theatretrain

Time sends a Message

When I became Head of Acting at a drama school, I discovered some of the students were arriving late so I decided to take action. I gathered the student body together and said, “From tomorrow I shall lock the door at 9am exactly every day. If you are late you will have to go home […]

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The Work goes Deeper Than you think
Published: July 1st, 2020 by theatretrain

The Work goes Deeper Than you think

I once worked as an actor at the Tower of London. We were working on the Gunpowder Plot and I had a sword and period costume of one of the conspirators, Thomas Winter. We were teaching history by immersing groups of young people in the story. One half of the group went to my colleague […]

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I Want To Share Your Happiness
Published: June 24th, 2020 by theatretrain

I Want To Share Your Happiness

There’s a saying in the theatre industry that you should take pleasure in other people’s successes. The thinking being that you can’t always succeed but it costs you nothing to be happy when others do. In this way they feel supported and your generosity gives them confidence. I love watching the faces of the so-called […]

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The Day it was Curtains for Me
Published: June 17th, 2020 by theatretrain

The Day it was Curtains for Me

I have huge admiration for anyone who does anything technical in the theatre. My admiration partly comes from the fact that I am not very good at it. In fact, I’ll go further and say I should not be let near anything technical in a theatre and here’s an example. “In a flash I realised […]

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We need our Creatives!
Published: June 10th, 2020 by theatretrain

We need our Creatives!

The comedian Spike Milligan was in his garden when his neighbour said “I just saw you on the telly!” Spike walked through his house and knocked on his neighbour’s door. When he answered it, Spike said, “I just saw you in the garden.” The creative mind buzzes and sometimes looks at the world in a […]

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