The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Tuesday, 31 January 1989

Falling Out with Donna


TUESDAY

 

‘Left To My Own Devices’ – Pet Shop Boys


 

DEAR DIARY,

 

I felt anger towards Donna Davidson (my Assistant Producer/Assistant Director) today.  I felt perhaps her moans at the pressures of producing THE CHINESE PLAY were pathetic smokescreen for something else and all this ‘Oh, I want to leave’ tragedy was becoming tiresome and a cause of extreme irritation.  She moans a little too much.  I told her as much and we argued.  Then the truth came out: she is, in fact, receiving stresses from all sectors of her life, apparently, and it’s causing her mounting problems.  We talked about it, but she didn’t go too deeply into it.  She apologised, though and I was grateful for that, because as the writer/director of the play (and one of the actors) I really need to feel the producer (Donna) is on the case.  I do sympathise, because things did get wobbly, but moping around and crying about stuff isn’t going to get things DONE.

 

I spent as much time as I could today with Emma Goddard + Julian Ward, but the whole day was really spent working on THE CHINESE PLAY, which, the incident with Donna aside, I found very pleasing and productive.  This is why Donna’s emotional outburst have troubled me; now we’ve sorted out the rehearsal attendance issues (despite a written schedule, the cast often found it impossible to be around whenever they were needed) it’s definitely coming to life.  It’s not the chaotic disaster she seems to have painted it as and the fact that she made me believe it was bothers me.  It has really progressed.  So it needs tonnes more energy pumped into the performances, but that’ll come.  I hope it’ll come, because as I keep telling them, I want a ‘violent’ play; energetic; ferocious.  I want the audience to feel abused!  The Situation Theatre Company is capable of great work and can be vibrant and exciting when it feels like it, and I want to tap into that so we all look great on the night.

 

Larry sat in + watched.  He was impressed + quite likes it.  He suggested there was a strength to my direction that he hadn’t perceived in the manuscript.  Jonny Badcock + Julian Ward were excellent in Scene One today.  It was very impressive.  VERY.

 

So I love it.  Donna aside, the cast and crew are growing in confidence and my own confidence in the piece has been fully restored.  The play is becoming, quite correctly, hilarious in places.  Hope it’ll look good on video.

 

‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ – Gene Pitney & Marc Almond



 

At last, I spoke to a girl I’ve been dying to speak to on my bus.  I invited her to see THE CHINESE PLAY and we conversed from then on.  She seemed interested in me + my work and really listened to what I had to say.  She has beautiful lips + beautiful eyes.  She’s doing a Secretarial + 2 A-levels.  She’s very well-spoken, rather classy and extremely nice.  Her name is ELIZABETH and she lives on EAU BRINK.  She’ll probably never speak to me again.  But I hope she will.

 

Time to relax.

 

Farewell, dear diary.

 





 

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Next time: ‘February…’

Monday, 30 January 1989

Left To My Own Devices


LATE

 

Dear diary…

 

Today I bought ‘Left To My Own Devices’ 12-inch by Pet Shop Boys.  It’s ace.

 

‘Left To My Own Devices’ – Pet Shop Boys



 

Following a fantastical weekend with my loved one, I find it hard to adjust here.  College people are such a bland drag sometimes.  And Donna Davidson means nothing to me now.  I won’t go into it, but today she proved herself to be really shallow when you get right down to it.

 

Oh, I miss you lots, Flash.  Want to be in your TS group.  This college wanks at the moment.  I’m getting the shenny on ‘coz I want to be with you.  Miss you lots.

 

I love Emma Goddard.  By which I mean, I think she’s great.

 

Later:

 

‘White Fool’ – Clannad



 

Marketing lessons with Lizzie Jewel are something of a bugbear.  Definitely dull.  They’re just not part of the career I want to be involved in.

 





 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Falling out with Donna…’

Sunday, 29 January 1989

Raquel


CASTLEFORD

 

Dear diary,

It’s twenty minutes to four.

 

‘For the Love of Big Brother’ – Eurythmics



 

I have recovered from the tortuous feelings of last week and feel a better man for it.

 

Later:

 

‘The Lebanon’ – The Human League



 

Raquel just rang, so I had to drag Flash from the bath to talk to her.  Raquel is the girl he’s seeing who goes out with a 24-year-old bloke from Pontefract.

 

MY NEW TAROT READING (from Gerry) spoke of:

A decision involving a female; career progression; the organisation of large groups of people; personal growth.

 

Later:

 

‘Chains of Love’ – Erasure



 

I feel ever so happy.  And Flash taped me some episodes of The Prisoner: Arrival, Once Upon A Time, and Fall Out.


 

I miss Amanda Jones.  She’s so far away now, in Tasmania.  Her new house is called ‘NIRVANA’ and she regularly gets bitten by mosquitos.  I must contact her.  She was very nice.

 

Later:

 

‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Extended)’ – Tears For Fears

 
 

Dragged from the bath, Flash spoke to Raquel for something like two hours.  So I read Doctor Who and the Sensorites by Nigel Robinson, which is ‘GOOD’.


 

Following this, Flash and I watched some DOCTOR WHO and then Elbow (Elliott Barlow) rang and they spoke for ages, after which Raquel rang again and they spoke for years.  I left them to it and popped down to my Dad’s and when I got back they were still talking.

 

Raquel seems really great.  She’s PUMA!  I’m glad she’s coming on holiday with us in the summer (probably to Richmond).  Who shall I take?

 

I LOVE FLASH, RAQUEL AND AMANDA.

 





 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Left To My Own Devices…’

Saturday, 28 January 1989

Jessica York


CASTLEFORD

 

‘Room 101’ – Eurythmics



 

Today, Flash and I talked and visited my Gran + Granddad Winterfood where I learnt much of Winterfood family history.

 

Back at Flash’s, his friend Jessica York came to see us this evening and she was really nice.  I only wish I’d spoken to her for longer.  I was a little shy – sorry, Jess – and went down the street to visit my Father and Annie.  We spoke of recent days apart, until I returned to my Flash and his Jess, who had to leave after an incident in which they’d both got the bus time-tables mixed up and she had to be collected by her angry father.

 





 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Raquel…’

Friday, 27 January 1989

Donna's Dreams


‘First Impression’ – Mick Karn



 

Dear Diary…

 

I WISH THE TELEPHONE WOULD STOP RINGING!

 

I’m at Giles Bacon’s home.  And it’s freezing cold.  I feel tired and almost ill.  I wish to sneeze.

 

I sneeze.

 

Everything in the world seems alien to me today.  Or am I alien to the world?  This world?

 

I feel catastrophe looming.  There is an emotional cloud of stress + tension lurking in my existence.  Even so, in and of myself, I feel very happy.

 

Still, no one is giving their all to THE CHINESE PLAY.  I think, across the department, all the Drama groups are feeling a heavy strain.  There’s a strange atmosphere.  It makes Donna want to leave, it makes Daniel want to leave.  Larry is clearly feeling the strain and there’s too much going on and, my god, it’s one big psychological hell right now.

 

Donna hated her dreams.

 

On the bus journey from college to here, I watched a young, auburn-haired girl as she sang to herself, un-self-consciously.  It was as refreshing to see as dawn on a summer’s day.  I think I knew her once.  I don’t know.

 

Donna hated her dreams.

 

Next Wednesday, I want to see A DAY IN SUMMER.

 

I purchased GARDEN OF EDEN today.


 

It’s so cold.

 

So cold.

 

So cold.

 

So cold.

 

Am I to be trusted?

 

Donna hated her dreams.

 

I hated my own dreams, last night.

 

I hated my own dreams, last night.

 

I dreamt I was being mentally destroyed by taunts + jeers from my fellow students + friends.  Something had gone wrong + they hated me, wanted to see me ruined.  I was scared.

 

I feel ill.

 

I feel ill.

 

I need today.  I need to see Flash.  I’ve reached critical breaking point. 

 

Flash’s place’ll be a change of scenery; a place of relaxation.

 

Ah, Giles is back.  Off soon.

 

‘Sat In Your Lap’ – Kate Bush



 

Donna hated her dreams.

 

This morning?  Earl Grey tea + hot buttered toast at the Guildhall’s CROFTERS cafĂ© with Julian Ward, Carl Morris, Una Baker, Emma Goddard + Gemma.  Good company.

 

Happy.

 

I’m hungry.  This is hunger.

 

Food.  Hunger.  Give me.

 

Donna.  At the end of her tether, poor girl.  THE CHINESE PLAY is pulling her to pieces.  She thinks it is doing the same to me, too.  But it’s not.  Not yet.  She can feel my stress and my strain, and she can feel those in all the others, across the department.  She hates, more than anything, the atrocious lack of commitment among her fellow students.  Dreams of leaving.

 

Last nite, Donna dreamed.  And hated it.  It was a horrible dream.  And the horrible dream was a dream she had known since childhood, but now it wore the face of RITCHERD JON WINTERFOOD.  Donna awoke from the dream, rose, and sleepily wrote an angry letter to me, confused + disturbed.

 

DONNA’S LETTER

She tells me she’s had enough, wants to chuck the course and tell everyone to go to hell.  She speaks of suicide or running away; of killing her dreams.  She then gets angry with me, asking if I ever listen to her, if I ever know her at all.  She concludes I don’t and can’t – because I’m a man, and men are not to be trusted.  She says she can’t trust any man.  She then gets angry with her father for ‘running off all over the world’ when she needs him the most.  She gets angry because I ‘don’t want’ her.  She doubts my friendship and tells me she’s not as stupid as (apparently) think.  She tells me she hates men.  All of them: bastards.  Not one of them worthy of her trust.  But she wants to trust me, she says.  She really does, because I’m different.  This time she really does want to trust a man.

 

Big stuff.

 

‘Gordon’s Gin’ – The Human League



 

We spoke today.  She cried.  I sat with her, thinking, in the hot and sunny spare room on Floor Three of the Library Block.  We held each other + I felt tears streaming down my face, dropping and blending with the fabric of her cardigan. 

 

‘We reflect each other too much,’ she said.  ‘I love you.  Have a nice weekend.  You need it.’

 

Donna and I grew closer and stronger today, I hope.  I only desire now that even she shows greater enthusiasm for THE CHINESE PLAY. 

 

Me?  Well, I wish to continue the recreation of my character and soul.  I still have some way to go. 

 

And THE CHINESE PLAY is two weeks away for this ‘up and coming young writer/actor’ (to quote The King’s Lynn Trader).

 

 

Later:

CASTLEFORD

 

‘Land’ – Mick Karn



 

Here I am in Ashton Street.

 

I arrived this evening.  Flash and I talked at length of this and that and other things.  Good friends together.

 





 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Jessica York…’

Thursday, 26 January 1989

Going Further


My No.1: ‘Left To My Own Devices (The Disco Mix) – Pet Shop Boys



 

GOOD NEWS?  We received our Dance marks for Beauty + the Beast today.  Well, put it like this: Scarlett wants to video Donna and me performing it in costume + make up.  She would also like to do the same with a new piece we’ve been creating.  She’s dead impressed.  Donna and I are really happy.  Scarlett has given us both DISTINCTIONS for our work.  My confidence is inspired.

 

Later:

 

‘Answer’ – Mick Karn



 

I feel ethereal.  I feel ready to exceed these earthly parameters.  I want to go further.  I am going further.  I am going … beyond. 

 

It may even hurt.

 

But I smile in the face of it all.

 

I am happy.

 





 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Donna’s dreams…’

Wednesday, 25 January 1989

Lack of Commitment


‘Call Me’ – Throwing Muses



 

Dear diary…

 

To continue my rant from yesterday, today we did Dance for three hours, finishing at 12pm.  Donna and I said we’d see Jonny + Kat at the CHINESE PLAY rehearsal at 1pm (as per their schedules; as per the notice board) and Kat was totally negative and rather sour about it.  It all just seems like too much hard work for her.  From 12-12.45pm, Donna + I continued working on our Beauty + the Beast dance piece (set to a track by Alan Rankine) – working through our lunchtime.  Once we’d finished and got changed and stuff, we reached the Drama Studio at 12.55pm ready to start rehearsals.  No one had turned up, apart from Nigel Cameron, and we didn’t actually even need him.  So where were Jonny + Kat?  Sitting in the Common Room!  Donna went crazy.  We’re both dead furious about the lack of commitment being shown by some group members – and not just in Performing Arts.  Honestly, I find it disgusting.  But, of course, we’re not lecturers; we have no power to INSIST or DEMAND the attendance of students.  Their attitudes are so narrow sometimes, and they know for a fact that Donna and I are being assessed on the success or failure of this play.

 

Charley Kneale in TS1 is receiving the sharp end of the stick from Kat + her cronies, merely because she has the main part in Blood Wedding, has to kiss Jonny, and – what seems more likely – is classier than they.   I still love you, Sophie.

 

This afternoon, I went with Donna, Kenneth + Dorrie Robbins (of TS1) to a meeting with the Deputy Principal to lobby for a better + bigger Dance Studio.  That went down well…

 

Campaigning for a new Dance Studio is something I would never have believed myself to be doing when I was a lazy A-level student last year.

 

I like TWO girls on my bus now.  And they both sit together.

 

‘Ahead’ – Wire



 

Well, what music do I groove to lately?

 

Generally speaking: KATE BUSH, CLANNAD, PROPAGANDA, JAPAN (in all their forms) and WIRE.

 

I’ve got to get THE PRISONER on video.  I’ll have to have words with Flash.

 


STAR WARS is good, too; I really like the concepts involved.

 

Later:

 

‘I Did It Just the Same’ – Eurythmics



 

THE CHINESE PLAY is advertised in today’s King’s Lynn Leader paper.

 





 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Going further …’

Tuesday, 24 January 1989

Didn't Think We Were Dicks


‘Oochy Koochy (Remix)’ – Baby Ford



 

Dear diary,

 

 

WOW!  THIS HAIRCUT!  MY FACE!  I NEVER REALISED I HAD SUCH AN AMAZING FACE!

 

Later:

 

‘Crow and A Baby’ – The Human League



 

The Performing Arts course is falling apart.  I can feel a really bad inter-group tension building.  It’s lots of things, ROCKY HORROR for a start.  Jodie Ratcliffe + Daniel Abbott are intending to direct a production of it.  It’s not really my cup of tea, but when I chatted to Jodie about it, telling her it sounded like a fun project; refreshing after all our ‘drama’…  Well, I offered my help should she need anything – whether that meant acting or doing make-up, or anything at all – but she was very tight.  Never seen her so full of herself, in fact.  And it was very clear she didn’t want to be open about it, acting very secretive and telling me (in so many words) that it’s none of my business.  What a horrible attitude to have.  I thought we were all friends?  I thought we were all just students doing the same course together?  I didn’t think we were dicks.  I mentioned that we ought to liaise with each other on the timings of their potentially exhaustive auditions as they could – it seems – clash with the extensive rehearsal schedule for THE CHINESE PLAY.  What was most galling was that she seemed to interpret my concerns over a dwindling cast as me nudging for a part and told me not to crawl to her!  How rude is that?  I don’t even like the bloody thing.  I didn’t realise she was like that.  I was only being kind; I’ve got enough to do as it is, given my Chinese Play workload.    She treated me like I was Satan or something.  It was obvious Ms Ratcliffe didn’t think much of me, given her tone when she told me ‘There’ll be a notice up about Rocky auditions at the end of the week.’

 

This afternoon, Jonny + Kat disappeared for ages.  Auditioning for ROCKY, I discovered!  Fair enough, but: favouritism, anyone?  Saying one thing and then doing another is a very unprofessional way to work.  Donna is convinced Jonny has already been chosen to play ‘Rocky’ and that Kat (who can’t act) will be ‘Magenta’.  She also thinks Jodie has already bagged the role of ‘Columbia’ for herself.  I get the feeling there won’t be much ‘interpretation’ in this production, just a slavish re-hash of the film.  I wonder where they’ll get the music from?

 

‘Delicate Cutters’ – Throwing Muses



 

Kat’s a little unpopular with me + Donna at the moment.  Why?

 

Me: ‘See you at the Chinese rehearsal, Kat.’

Kat: ‘Oh fuck, not another one?  I wanted to go down town.’

 

Baad attitude, Hill.  Baaad!

 

She’s also angry that in Blood Wedding, Charley will have to kiss Jonny.

 

Kat, you’ve just got to get used to it…

 

But seriously, can any of us really imagine Kat tidying up her goth/crusty image in order to become an actress?  Can we imagine her dressing in ordinary clothes for ordinary roles?  Playing ordinary people with ordinary hair?  Can we even imagine her taking direction well?  With her attitude? 

BOLLOCKS!

 

Later:

 

‘Dreams of Reason’ – Mick Karn



 

Tonite, I visited Tina Montgomery + her TRIANGLIA class.  I spent much of the time advertising THE CHINESE PLAY and then getting drunk in the Angles Theatre bar with Bella Murphy.  

 





 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Lack of commitment…’

Monday, 23 January 1989

Hair Love


‘Break On Through’ – The Doors



 

CHINESE PLAY NOTES

 

Scene Two

Rehearsed in full once, minus LOLA.  DAVE needs to underplay more.  JONNY needs more vocal clarity.

 

Scene Four

Rehearsed in full, once.  Very good.

 

Scene Five

Rehearsed in full, once.  Jonny good.  Struggling with accents, though.

 

Scene Eleven

Dead good, but haven’t used ‘Three Youths’ yet.

 

Later:

LATE

 

‘All She Wants Is’ – Duran Duran



 

Dear diary…

 

MY HAIR IS GREAT!  THEY ALL LOVE IT.  THE GIRLS ARE ALL OVER ME, BEING NICE AND LOVING IT, TOUCHING IT!  IT’S LOVELY!

 

 
 
 
 
JUSTINE SPOKE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AGES TODAY.  ‘THAT’S NICE,’ SAID SHE.   OF MY NEW HAIR.  IN FACT, MOST SEEM TO BE TAKEN ABACK BY IT.

 

PLAYED AT BEING BROS WITH JONNY THIS AFTERNOON.  OOOAARGH!

 

THE CHINESE PLAY, BEDROOM SCENE.  JONNY BADCOCK.  ACE.

 

‘MARKETING’ HURTS MY BRAIN.

 

CHARLEY, DON’T WORRY – I STILL LOVE YOU.  BUT I DO LIKE A GIRL ON MY BUS.  AND CLARISSA IS NICE.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I LOVE LIFE.

 

I’M OPTIMISTICALLY EXCITED, BUT TIRED.

 

AND I’M BEING NOTICED.

 

I LOVE THE PRISONER.




Farewell, Diary Darling x

 

PS. Must watch: BONNIE+ CLYDE, DARK ANGEL, THEATRE OF BLOOD, CAMPION, DOCTOR WHO: THE CRUSADE, and DOCTOR WHO: THE SEA DEVILS.

 

OOOMVF!

 

All my love,

Ritch x

 

Later:

 

‘Madame Butterfly’ – Malcolm McLaren



 

Jonny’s portrayal of ‘Flash’ is excellent.  He is a very good performer and just needs the right kind of direction.

 

DIRECTION

When I’m directing, I like to be on my feet.  If the actors are bringing nothing to the movement and blocking of the piece, then I like to join them on stage and show them what I have in mind.  I do this as EXACTLY as possible – and over the top, emphasising the most important bits, and explaining what the thinking behind it all is.  The actors then follow my lead, usually with a more inhibited and less ‘full’ performance (which is why I go over the top in the first place) and we work at layering this, adding their ideas and new ideas we discover as part of the process.  Thus, a fascinating compromise is born.  It’s not enough to say ‘do what you want’ or ‘just do this’ (unless, in respect of the latter, it is VITAL to the piece).  You have to trust each other and respect each other.

 

My mistake though in CHINESE PLAY rehearsals is that I have trusted the abilities of the actors far too much.  I have over-estimated them.  I have been too relaxed.  I had not realised that it would be up to me to instil the discipline and order on this project; I had assumed they would turn up knowing that that was a given requirement.  I was wrong to make that assumption and to allow them such a ‘chummy’ relationship with me.  I have learnt that lesson now. 

 





 

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