I’m trying to collect my thoughts on the issues surrounding the debate over casting of the RSC’s The Orphan of Zhao. I think I need a bit more musing-time, but meanwhile here are some links to blogs and discussion relating both directly to the RSC/Zhao case, and to similar experiences elsewhere. To be continued! Main […]

Friend references, reclaiming classical music and embarrassing pet bodies

My brain’s been on overdrive today, so as a consequence everything is a bit fuzzy, and whizzy. And strangely stripy. It may be all the sugar I’ve been eating – pretty much to the exclusion of all proper food. Not to be recommended (often). I wanted to put as a sort of placemarker, so I […]

Parade’s End Ep. 3

I caught the third installment of Parade’s End last night. I’ve been enjoying the series immensely -although normally at a more appropriate viewing time thanks to the magic of my DVR (BBC schedulers – Friday evening? How perverse). This episode definitely felt like we were getting right into the heart of the story, with the […]

First post

There’s something about a blank page, and I think this extends to a blank blog, that invites something like stage fright. A sort of expectation, and a pressure to come up with the goods. Perhaps it’s the same phenomenon that leads to devastating originality at soundchecks. Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…. But writer’s block, or […]