It is always wise to be cautious when dealing with the theatrical profession, especially if it you find yourself involved with agents or impresarios. I find that compared to them, even poets become persons of solid worth and unshakeable integrity. As a cautionary tale I shall relate the story of Elsa and Mattan. They were … More Learning a role!
I have mentioned musicians in the past, and I apologise for doing so again. Normally the musicians I deal with are those performers who play their instruments at the events I am brought in to stage manage. They are sadly predictable, drinking anything that isn’t locked up and seducing anybody who isn’t strictly chaperoned. Yet … More In tune with the Zeitgeist
Some people seem to drift into jobs that don’t really suit them. If they’re lucky then their lives get shaken up and they finally find themselves where they ought to be. Still it can be a traumatic experience and you end up hoping that it was worth the effort. I knew one couple who went … More Getting Rich Moderately Rapidly
I suppose that there are many potential hobbies for young ladies to take up. As most will be taught by their governess to draw and to paint, those with any talent will often progress in this direction. As all are taught to read and write, some take to literary pursuits. As always, many really shouldn’t. Still, the joy … More Butterfly net
Port Naain has its share of prophets. I’ve mentioned Mistress Mollina previously; she was appointed Prophet of Aea in her Aspect as the personification of Hypocrisy. For those who never heard the story it’s at: https://tallissteelyard.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/telling-it-like-it-is/ But these prophets concentrate on ‘forthtelling’ rather than ‘foretelling’. Any prophecy they come up with is the sort your mother was fond … More An eye to the future
I have in the past mentioned the ‘Society of Minor Poets’. Every year we put on an entertainment for the elderly and the children in the Ropewalk area. Yet whilst we might do our bit to feed these folk once a year, for some, the rest of the year can be a hungry time. So … More A Significant Gesture