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People Come Into Our Lives For A Reason….

‘I don’t expect my love affairs to last for longNever fooled myself that my dreams would come true Being used to trouble I anticipate itBut all the same I hate itWouldn’t you?………’ In 1981 with these exquisitely sung words, Kim Kallie as Peron’s mistress in Evita entered my life. I was twenty, still at drama

Grateful!!!

Excerpt from my journal:9th December 1989 It is 5.00 in the morning and I can’t sleep. I should be grabbing what sleep I can because I’m going to need all my energy today but I am beside myself! This afternoon and evening, as understudy, I am taking over from Kate Normington who is ill, and

Gold!

An explosion of gold shatters my early morning kitchen excursions.My kitchen has been re-painted. It is now a gentle cream except for the main wall. This erupts in a golden yellow that shimmers, glistens and gleams. It is a wall that now causes an early morning smile to crease my cheeks. I had noticed grey

Think on these things!

“Think on these things!” My friend threw this remark over her shoulder as she went to make us coffee. We had been discussing topics for my next blog and this comment stopped those thoughts completely.“Think on these things!” I exclaimed. “That was the title of a radio programme when I was a child.”I remember it

The Indomitables!

The Third World War has begun! Only this time we do not have to evade machine gun bullets. We do not have to worry about falling bombs. We do not have to keep a watchful eye for men leaping out of cane fields armed with pangas. Oh no, our enemy is far more skilled and

My Passionate Friend!

Passion! That is what struck me about Karen Tungay. It was distinctive and all-embracing. Her passion! “Hello!”I looked into those mischievous, dancing eyes and instantly made a friend. Karen and I met in a lift club when I was ten. I changed schools a few years later but I saw Karen often when I went

My Multifaceted Friend!

“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”– Unknown Actor, director, scriptwriter, screenwriter, editor but more importantly, one of my truest friends – Shirley Johnston!Now please, all of you non-theatre people, don’t think: “Ah uh, this blog’s not my type!”Shirley goes much further

If at first……..!

Creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our ‘inner’ pool of resources – knowledge, insight, information, inspiration and all the fragments populating our minds – that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world and to combine them in extraordinary new ways.” Maria

Songs of My Heart!

“You love music. Why don’t you write this next blog on your five favourite songs?” I thought my friend’s suggestion was great, so set about picking out the five tunes I enjoyed the most. I soon realised what an utterly impossible task this was. It was totally unthinkable! If I looked at the various shows

Hampstead Happiness!

Giddily, my laughing head tilted back, my arms were thrown upwards as I gave a Gaynor-twirl. Gaynor-twirls are not always successful. Often instead of going in a perfect round spin, my body teeters, leaning Tower of Pisa like, and then plummets to end up in a most undignified heap. This time however, my body did

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