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You Can't Have an Orgasm Every Time You Walk on Stage

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2013 | (23:00)

You can't have an orgasm every time you walk on stage.

This line from the script is sitting with me. I think Piaf did give the audience everything every time she walked onto the stage. To play her and to be in the character I must do the same. This...

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Sun, Sea and Scripts

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2013 | (23:00)

Memorising words has become increasingly harder as the years go by. When I was young I only had to look at a page and I would know it.

I am about to embark on one of the most challenging roles of my life: playing Edith Piaf. A wonderful gift...

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Is 'Off' The New 'On' in the West End?

(1) Comments | Posted 10 January 2013 | (23:00)

Here in London, musical theatre lovers have been enjoying catching obscure musicals produced in small London playhouses. Such opportunities these days to go see shows you wished you could have seen on Broadway or shows that only had short runs here in London or in New York.

These suddenly...

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Hey Old Friend

(2) Comments | Posted 14 December 2012 | (10:54)

Between learning French lyrics (Piaf) and attending premiere of a French novel (Les Mis) I managed to get coveted tickets to see Stephen Sondheim's 'Merrily We Roll Along' at one of my favourite theatres in London, The Menier Chocolate Factory.

I invited Rebecca Caine, a friend of 27 years....

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Les Misérables: The Triumph That Almost Wasn't

(3) Comments | Posted 5 December 2012 | (23:00)

The Original Les Misérables Waif Frances Ruffelle Reveals the Secret of The World's Most Successful Musical.

It's incredible to look back after all these years to those days in 1985 spent in the Royal Shakespeare Company's gloomy rehearsal room 60 feet below sea level at the Barbican. Although we were...

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