Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Twitter Twatter #67

February 2018's Twitterings:

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Twitter Twatter #66

January 2018 on Twitter:

Sunday, 17 November 2019


It's been a while since I've posted an acting post. It's time to change that.

In 2007, I took part in the New Factory of the Eccentric Actor's production of AK-27. The play concerned the 1927 visit to Mexico by Russian revolutionary, Alexandra Kollontai. Hence the name. Kollontai was only the third woman to serve as a diplomat in modern times. She was made Chargé d'affaires, a diplomat who runs an embassy but is not a formal ambassador, to Mexico. Alexandra was payed by Penny Dimond, who had made something of a career of playing her in a number of plays sets at different stages throughout her life.

Here's the flyer:

I played her son, Mikhail Alekseevich Domontovich, known throughout as Mischa. Due to the nature of her work, she was a largely absent figure during his childhood and he was raised mostly by his grandparents. Later, during the First World War, she used her position to help him avoid conscription. In 1927, Mischa was aged 33, while I was a sprightly 26.

This was the first New Factory production that I took part in at the Torriano Meeting House. Previously, I had only known it as a rehearsal space. It's a small venue which New Factory shows manage to cram with people testing the fire regulations to their limits. During one of these 'standing room only' performances I was waiting outside for my entrance through the front door, when Jeremy Corbyn showed up to see a huddle of people trying to watch the show through the window. Someone offered to get him in, but he refused to jump the queue. It was a brief conversation, but I was very impressed with his demeanour and principled reaction.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Twitter Twatter #65

December 2018 on the Twitter:

Saturday, 9 November 2019


Taglines, those pithy one-liners on movie posters, come in all shapes and sizes. Some are great and some are...not so great. Some are beyond awful, while some are works of art in their own right.

I've written this piece about the good, the bad and the ugly of science fiction movie taglines.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Twitter Twatter #64

November 2018 on the Twitter:

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Carruthers Ten Years On: November 2009

November 2009's Carruthers bloggings were nothing special, but as usual I'm pretty pleased with a Sitcom Porn post.

This post was clearly all set up for Scrabbled, but I feel it was worth it.