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British summers and outdoor shows

Those of us who have a vested interest in keeping a wide variety of performing traditions alive tend to nurse high hopes for reliable sunshine in British summers. When the sun comes out on a regular basis, we can plan to present outdoor performances in suitably...

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Playing and the passing of time

Where does the time go? Last autumn, I performed with De Voortrekkers – a silent movie from South Africa, in Edinburgh for the Africa in Motion Film Festival. I had some time after the performance to do some sightseeing and I reflected on the fact that I once shared a...

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Dimensions of love

How does one know who to trust? I remember having a conversation with a leading theatrical voice coach about the sort of knowledge needed to make sense of an epic piece about love, such as Shakespeare’s play “As you like it”. He was comparing the ability of two...

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African cultural synergy in London

It's been almost five years since the Africa Centre moved out of its premises in Covent Garden. I have reflected openly in the past about my involvement in the centre’s last public event at 38 King Street, Covent Garden. The organisation still exists, but leaving the...

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The “to be or not to be” narrative

I slept through the moment that millions of people watched yesterday, I needed a Saturday lie in. Eventually I did catch up on all the hoopla however, through the frenzy on the social media platforms. This particular subplot in the British Royal narrative was of...

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The kind of music you like (or play)

In the light of changing dynamics in the terms of reference used in popular culture, perhaps now is as good a time as any to look at the way music is recorded, documented, bought and sold. When the term “urban” is used to describe music and those who create and...

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