“…profound score…convoluted plot” – Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”

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Simon Boccanegra contains some of Verdi’s finest music from any period of his career. It’s undoubtedly a masterpiece. But it has problems – ‘…profound score but convoluted plot’, said Anthony Tommasini in an April 2016 New York Times review of a production at the Met. We can’t ignore those problems really; a theatre audience is […]

The mask – and how it writes for you

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In the chapter on Mask work in his acting book Impro, Keith Johnstone tells of how masks impart their information (physiological, psychological) to actors who wear them, so that no matter the personal characteristics of the wearer, the wearer conforms to the behaviour of the Mask. Says Johnstone: Another Mask was called Mr Parks. This one […]