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Uncategorized April 15, 2015

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else. The Player, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead  A film to mark the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s death, featuring a poem I wrote in my dressing …

Uncategorized April 8, 2015

ON AND OFF BROADWAY

Give my regards to old Broadway And tell them I’ll be there ere long. George M. Cohan The second in a series of film blogs as My Perfect Mind prepares to head to New York in June. Photo by EP

Uncategorized April 4, 2015

FAMILY TREES

We have nothing to fear and a great deal to learn from trees, that vigorous and pacific tribe which without stint produces strengthening essences for us, soothing balms, and in whose gracious company we spend so many cool, silent, and intimate hours.  Marcel Proust  A new film linking Richard III, the Moscow Art Theatre and …

Uncategorized March 23, 2015

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

          We’ll have Manhattan,           The Bronx and Staten           Island too. Rodgers and Hart As My Perfect Mind prepares to head to New York for a short summer season at 59E59 Theaters, Told by an Idiot have commissioned me to do a regular …

Uncategorized March 22, 2015

RICHARD III’S REBURIAL

Later today the coffin of Richard III will reach Leicester Cathedral where it will lie in state before the king’s reinterment on Thursday. This morning I woke to Radio 4’s live broadcast of the Sunday service from Leicester Cathedral. A limerick to mark the occasion. The monarch old Richard the Third Of whom everybody has …

Uncategorized March 17, 2015

REBELS, POETS AND A QUARE FELLOW

Yet there are times when a deeper need enters, when we want the poem to be not only pleasurably right but compellingly wise, not only a surprising variation played upon the world, but a retuning of the world itself. Seamus Heaney, ‘Crediting Poetry’, Nobel Lecture, 1995  In celebration of St Patrick’s Day, a preview of …

Uncategorized March 14, 2015

VITIS USURPANS

Our grapevine on Friday the 13th.Photo by EP A reprise of an excerpt from a little diary I kept in the first weeks of Spring 2009, just as I was finishing work on the portrait of my brother Bill outside the Bradford Alhambra. It is only Tuesday, 17 March, but already the year, or at …

Uncategorized March 10, 2015

WOWH (Women of West Hampstead)

What she would resolve to do that day did not yet seem quite clear, but something that she could achieve stirred her as with an approaching murmur which would soon gather distinctness.  George Eliot, Middlemarch Although she is not featured in the film, it is worth mentioning, by way of a postscript, the prominent socialist …

Uncategorized March 9, 2015

ABSTRACTION

Photo by EP I walked through the alleys up to Hampstead proper this afternoon, retracing the footsteps of the old poets and painters I like to think. I took a picture of the Admiral’s House, painted at least twice by Constable, but I was wondering about abstraction and trying to compose in my head a …

Uncategorized March 8, 2015

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

A limerick to mark the fifth annual Women of the World Festival held at the Southbank Centre this past week (audio only): Coming soon: a film celebrating West Hampstead’s special contribution to women’s suffrage. The women’s advocacy paper Shafts, founded byMargaret Shurmer Sibthorp of Westbere Road, West Hampstead