My two countries, the US and the UK are in a state of hyper activity and lets face it mild hysteria at the moment, with:
a. The impending US Presidential Election, will we have President Trump, or President Clinton the Second?
b. Will the UK leave the European Union or won’t it?
Such is the stuff of life and the madness of humanity, that all one can do is stand back and watch fondly as we the people drive ourselves crazy again.
I am staying with another of my oldest friends, Stella, the super agent, whom I met when I was acting in the
play THE KINGS MARE in 1966, playing Katherine Howard, Henry VIII’s 5th wife, she, who disgraced herself by climbing into bed with her music teacher and got her head chopped off for her pains. Stella was the stage manager and one could see then she was a whiz of common sense, pragmatic and practical, I adored her and still do. I believe all actors should have sensible friends, given the magnitude of our common sense!!! However having said that, I do have reason to question her sanity at the moment. A few days ago, she jumped out of an airplane and sky dived for charity and in memory of her father, a reconnaissance pilot, killed in 1945 in World War II. http://fundraising.soldierscharity.org/stella Stella says that actors shouldn’t write about politics and things we don’t understand and no doubt she is right (she gave up representing actors and stuck to Creatives and Stage Designers, people largely behind the scenes etc! ) However I will comment that I find the madness of these times amusing and a bit of a distraction from many of the world’s real ongoing tragedies. I have no idea what the outcome of these two upcoming decisions will be and it seems that neither does anyone else, but I do question how we got here? Unknown sources at work no doubt, manipulating us the gullible public, who seem to be paralysed by events and unable to put our hands in the air and say “hey wait a minute, what on earth is going on here?!”
My sojourn in the UK continues and my love affair with the London Theatre…saw SHOWBOAT last week and really enjoyed it, but how could you not love this beautiful show, with its great music and romantic story….I am a sucker for a bit of romance…always.
Took a trip down the Thames on a river bus this last Holiday Monday, we call them Bank Holidays, because presumably they are for the Bank workers, who shut up shop and have a Holiday. The river was the best and most efficient source for transportation for many years, when we had no proper roads and people, mainly the rich would whiz up and down on their smart barges, being rowed by the hapless poor people and get very quickly from say the Tower of London to Hampton Court, both palaces and residences of various kings of England. The Thames is wondrous , full of history and I used to live in an apartment right on it…. happy times, sipping a glass of wine looking out of the window at that beautiful old river.
Anyway, enough rambling, having a great time here in the UK with friends, missing family and friends in America. Actors are difficult! Never satisfied! So I am told anyway.