Acting

Today (20th January) marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Barbara Stanwyck. And I wanted to commemorate the occasion by sharing one of my all time favourite clips of her work – a tough call but it is a seriously beautiful, truthful and layered scene. Watch out for the eyes and for how she doesn’t try to control her voice near the end, but lets the gulping moment happen then reigns herself in. Utter mastery 😍 Shot in one take, it left the entire crew applauding at the end.

If you don’t know her work, I practically guarantee you have actually seen her in something. She was an oscar nominated actress working from 1929 to 1986 in movies, radio and television. You’re probably likely to have seen her luminously dark Phyllis in quintessential film noir ‘Double Indemnity’; or perhaps the film that is said to have been so risqué it lead to introduction of movie censorship in the Hayes Code ‘Baby Face’; maybe it’s the heart wrenching ‘Stella Dallas’; or sparring with Henry Fonda in the sassy RomCom ‘The Lady Eve’; or as the pioneering matriarch in the classic TV western series ‘The Big Valley’ (and yes she did all her own stunts); your introduction to her may even have been the 1980s smash hit ‘The Thorn Birds’. And if you still don’t think you’ve seen her, what are you waiting for? Go watch something great.

The second instalment in my occasional Puck performances. I really love this Snapchat lens <3 (Missed the first video? Check it out! Puck Tells Tales ROBIN GOODFELLOW If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended— That you have but slumbered here While these visions did appear. And this weak and idle […]

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The first in an occasional series of Puck performances from ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’. Here he gives us the gossip on Fairy Royalty: Titania and Oberon. This little speech is taken from Act II scene 1 ROBIN GOODFELLOW The king doth keep his revels here to-night: 385 Take heed the queen come not within his […]

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