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Having been involved in the days of theatre rep - this book had me cringing one minute and in stitches the next. Very true to life - if you know the world of touring theatre - listen to this. Thoroughly recommended.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
As the great Michael Frayn stated, "It's unfair that Michael Blakemore, one of the world's great theatre directors, is also such a good writer!" Simon Callow adored this book too. Anyone even remotely interested in acting will love this book - it is a pitch perfect account of a young man striving to learn his craft in rep in 1960's England. Beautifully drawn characters abound, and, crucially, the innate humour of Michael Blakemore shines through. A perfect gem. And a touching, realistic love story too....
Have you listened to any of Philip Bird’s other performances? How does this one compare?
As usual, Philip Bird brings his considerable intelligence to the narration. There are many and varied voices in this book and all the characterisations and accents are spot on. Masterful.
Any additional comments?
Theatre lovers should also find Arguments with England, Michael Blakemore's memoir and the second volume, the recently launched, Stageblood, irresistible.