Blogs by Andrew French

Russia

November 22, 2012

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an actor in possession of a sunny disposition must be in want of a good slap in the face.

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Cardiff

November 12, 2012

The last time I was in Cardiff a slightly (read 'extremely') drunken reveller who I had just met, propositioned me with one of the most bare faced, filthy chat up lines I think I have ever heard. I was outraged. I was disgusted. I was apalled. I have never forgotten her.

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Norwich

November 12, 2012

Everyone tells you about the amount of churches in Norwich. And the amount of pubs. Suffice to say there are a lot of both.

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Curtain up?

October 3, 2012

So: In Bradford, the iron didn't go out. In theatre parlance, that means the curtain that comes down onstage during the interval, did not go back up again. Oh, dear.

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Bradford

October 1, 2012

So. It has been raining. A lot. It seems to always rain when I come up north. Now I know that can't be true. I know there must have been many times when I have frolicked in the summer sun. But right now, I can't seem to remember them. So most of us are spending our time in our hotel rooms watching the rain it raineth every day.

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Aylesbury

September 25, 2012

It is extraordinary that the RSC do these tours that allow people who cannot get to Stratford or London to see the works of the greatest english writer by the greatest Shakespeare company. Still, I had no idea where Aylesbury was!

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Pants and peeking and butts

September 24, 2012

'Everyone walks around half naked!' A friend of mine came to see the show a few weeks ago and I was asking her why she never stayed in the business (she was very good). She said she hated the rejection (fair enough), the low pay (hear, hear), and the casual sluttiness of actors. (!)

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Death

September 19, 2012

One in four people were killed in the plague that hit Stratford upon Avon two months after Shakespeare was born. The Shakespeares had already lost two girls aged six and a half and the other two years old. Imagine. Imagine also the joy when he was born, a son, an heir. Healthy and loved. St George's day 450 years ago in Henley street. They must have coddled him to within an inch of his life!

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Grateful

September 17, 2012

Still in London. Wish it was cheaper to get around though. It is eating into the actor's wage that won't be enough to buy Theo his new pram (yes, he needs a new one already).

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Telly work

September 11, 2012

I went for a meeting for television yesterday. Never sure why, but I always feel more comfortable in theatre meetings. Maybe it's just practice, but I think it's because I suspect that television work is more based on looks. And, I'll let you into a little secret: I hate my looks.

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