How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran

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Many thanks to Caitlin Moran for allowing up to record this extract from her truly wonderful book ‘How To Build A Girl’.  This book is written in the first person and explores 14 year old Johanna Morrigan’s life growing up in a large chaotic working class family in Wolverhampton.  Johanna and her hormones escape through her love of literature, music and …

Richard II – Act 3 Scene 3 (King Richard monologue)

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IMAGE: Wikipedia – anonymous artist’s impressions of Richard II in the 16th Century   MONOLOGUE – Male Richard II – Act 3 Scene 3 By William Shakespeare   Hope you enjoy this recording of my student Edward Young performing this monologue.  This piece was one of three pieces that were selected and performed for his Grade 8 Acting Gold Medal.  …

Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNeice

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photo © Demi Hopkins Photography 2016  WEB << here >>   Hope you enjoy this recording of ‘Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNeice ‘ which was performed by my student Estée Spencer as part of her LAMDA Grade 8 Verse & Prose exam (Gold Medal). You will also find a transcript of the poem below. It’s an extraordinary poem – the words of …

Mystery of Being

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“I blame, like I do many things, the perpetuation of the individualistic approach for destroying community and also peoples inability to comprehend the total and utter importance of human interaction in order to connect to and feel part of the same mystery of Being. ” BJW

Sonnet 18, by William Shakespeare

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  Hope you enjoy this audio recording of ‘Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare ‘ – performed by my student Estée Spencer as part of her LAMDA Grade 8 Verse & Prose exam (Gold Medal). You will also find a copy of the sonnet below.   Some interesting links below along with a note of Estée’s other choices.  If you have time add …

PHOTO trigger 1

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PHOTO trigger 1 – source: unknown.   I saw this in a stationery shop on the floor by the photocopier.  I asked the assistant where it came from as I loved it so much!  He didn’t know and said that he had a customer who often took in old magazine photos to be blown up.  I asked for a copy and …

Wrestling with life…

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Last year I was asked to put together a short performance based on Genesis 32, 21-31 – Jacob Wrestles with the Angel  This project was inclusive and included all ages and religious / non-religious participants. What was really interesting for me was how scripture can be used, by ANYBODY, to embrace and explore universal themes about life and its complexities …

Religious Affair

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POETRY   Religious affair   I’m not religious, I’m just intrigued by it – But I’m kind of hooked on it.   I’m not religious, I’m just involved With it – But I’m not committed to it.   I’m not religious, I’m just entangled In it – But I’m not attached to it.   I’m not religious, I’m just obsessed With it …