Boys and literacy

September 10, 2010

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This began life as a tweet and then migrated to Facebook.  It then exceeded their word limit so I find myself here on dear old WordPress. Anyhow, it concerns last night’s programme Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School for Boys on BBC2 in which the choirmaster tackled the problem of boys’ literacy.  Here are my thoughts.  They […]

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Gemma’s Rules

September 7, 2010

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Last term I had a spell during which students at several different drama schools were unwilling or unable  to learn lines.  These were students who want to be professional actors and who were paying for expensive training with that goal in mind.  It rendered several lessons completely unworkable because not a single student had learned […]

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Advice on Choosing an Equity name

July 22, 2010

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As you are probably aware,  no two people in the Actors’ union Equity can share the same name.  It works on a first come, first served basis so if you apply to Equity and someone already has your name registered, you have to choose another name.  The form also tells you, helpfully, that you can’t […]

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Relic Questions

July 22, 2010

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I was recently contacted by a graduate who was doing her MA in Museums and Galleries in Education at IOE.  She asked me whether I would mind answering a few questions, given the fact that I had played Agatha in Relic: Guardians of the Museum, CBBC show set at the British Museum.  I obliged and […]

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Another convert?

March 21, 2010

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My students regularly amuse me.  Recently, one girl was asking me about science and we got onto the subject of horoscopes which I was quick to dismiss as patent nonsense.  “You don’t believe in horoscopes?”  she looked surprised (she clearly doesn’t know me very well.) “No, of course not.”  “Why not?”  “Well aside from the […]

Sherlock Holmes and the Curious Case of the Guy Ritchie film

February 9, 2010

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I don’t normally do personal reviews of anything because, well, who really cares about my opinion and also I know that reviews by completely unqualified people can be really glib and unknowledgeable. I’ve been at the sharp end of them myself and so have never sought to propagate the phenomenon. But so many people have […]

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Losing My Religion (How I became an atheist in 3 unholy chapters) Chapter 2

October 31, 2009

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I have no problem with Nativity plays. They are nice little pieces of warm fuzzy tradition and they teach teamwork, the art of line learning, speaking in public and all sorts of other skills. And the Birth Narrative of the Synoptic Gospels (minus Mark) is a great little story. It has plenty of characters, it […]