The man who wrote the book that changed my life has died

Eternal thanks to Keith Johnstone Credit where credit is due, is a maxim that I always included in the final session of all the drama courses that I delivered. I then went on to credit Keith Johnstone. Keith died on 11th March 2023 aged 90.  He was born in Devon and worked in education and … Continue reading The man who wrote the book that changed my life has died

What’s the Drama?

It was always a tumbleweed moment.  I considered it vital, upon meeting a new drama class, to make the first lesson active and fun.  The final fifteen minutes would be allocated for a sit-down discussion. The question was simple enough. “So, what is drama?” Some of the participants were new to drama, others had done it for two years, or five years or in some cases – if they’d been to drama clubs – ten years.  The answer was invariably. . . Silence.

Mea Culpa Cleopatra

Private investigations and public humiliation   It felt bizarre to be sponsored by a firm of private detectives.  Somehow it also seemed apt that a performance that peered into the private lives of three of the most publicly known ancient figures, Octavius Caesar, Mark Antony and Queen Cleopatra, should be partly funded by hireable spies.  … Continue reading Mea Culpa Cleopatra

The Transgender Mysteries

Making a crisis out of a drama

On 16th January 1997 a free newspaper bearing the front-page headline BLASPHEMY! plopped through every letter box in the municipality of Preston in Lancashire, England, and in many of its surrounding districts. It caused a local media storm, made headlines in national newspapers and sent ripples right around the world. This is an account of how the furore was created, contested and concluded.