SPEAKER, PLAYWRIGHT, and AUTHOR
Brian’s theatre career started in 1959, direct from National Service, and has taken him to forty-three different countries including three residencies in the Middle East;
eight tours of the Indian sub-continent and two circumnavigations of the globe.
He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Scottish Opera,
Sadler’s Wells and London Festival Ballet Companies, Nottingham Playhouse,
Manchester Library Theatre and Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop Company.
Approaching retirement he started to ‘branch out’ - directing; writing scripts, and giving Talks.
Details of his Talks and Presentations, Scripts and Books, fill the pages of this website.
We have all been looking at alternative ways of making contact with our locked-down audiences. Zoom seems to suit the majority of societies, but I don’t believe that it works well for my straightforward Talks: forty-five minutes of a talking head on a lap-top can’t reproduce the qualities of a live stage performance. However, our experiments with the two Powerpoint Presentations,
A TRIP DOWN THE RIVER CHARENTE and RICHELIEU: THE CARDINAL AND HIS CITY,
seem to be more successful. We have recorded the narration over the pictures, giving the audience something to look at while listening to the talk. It seems to be working, and either Presentation is now available on a CD or stick.
If we are still zooming in 2021 then LITERARY PARIS will also be available on CD or stick
Some comments following a recent ‘Zoom Screening’ of
RICHELIEU: THE CARDINAL AND HIS CITY at Milford & District U3A:-
“What an interesting talk! Very much enjoyed. Congratulations to Brian and the Zoom Team”.
“I initially thought it wouldn’t be of much interest to me, but once it was under way I was hooked”
A QUICK GUIDE TO THE WEBSITE:
TALKS: Straightforward ‘chats’ - just me and a lectern.
PRESENTATIONS: Powerpoint: Chats with pictures. Semi-staged: Simple ‘performances’ with furniture and props.
DOUBLE BILLS: Combine any two of the above to make a full-length show for a Festival or Arts Centre.
G B SHAW: Came out of copyright in November 2020: expect renewed interest in the man and his works.
ATWP-ARUNDEL: We sell books online: mostly specialist theatre books. And publish a few, too.
BOOKS: I’ve written three books: the introduction to the latest is printed in full on this page.
SCRIPTS: I’ve written and/or adapted fourteen scripts. Some are available in marked-up sets for Play-reading groups.
CONTACTS: All essential contact details, including our new address in Arundel.
AND WHILE WE’RE BEING POSITIVE . . . .
A NEW POWERPOINT PRESENTATION FOR 2021
WORKING TITLE: LITERARY PARIS
We all know of the ‘Lost Generation’ (Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Henry Miller, James Joyce etc) who livened up the French capital after WW1, but for centuries Paris has been a magnet for displaced artists from a wide range of countries and backgrounds.
Their stories - successes, failures (and scandals) - together with some evocative pictures - form the basis of this Presentation.
The intention is to make this suitable for both societies and Literary Festivals:
there will also be a book covering similar territory - but not until I can get back to Paris for research and pictures.