"Michael Blakemore, the actor/director, has written a marvellous novel about how it is to be an actor, and at the same time one of the most realistic modern love stories I have ever read." (New Stateman)
A novel from the director of the film Country Life. A young actor struggles to make his way in the theatre, experiencing the quick, intense relationships that flare within the closed world of the theatre as he acts out small, solid roles with a famous classical company outside of London.
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.