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 …

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 …

Poem – ‘Not Your World’

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  Not Your World   Don’t judge your neighbour, Or the man on the edge, A tramp with a bottle, The depressed on a ledge.   Don’t look with narrow perception, Or a smug little grin, Judging without knowledge A world you don’t live in.   Don’t call people stupid, Or misguided fools, Questioning their intelligence Not to live by your …