I don’t know if manners and consideration for other people are declining, or have changed as a consequence of living on top of one another as populations, especially in cities, increase exponentially. Try driving down a street that was laid out before the advent of the motor car. Both sides will be forced into deadlock and perpetual games of chicken in the no-man’s land of the middle of the road, thanks to cars parked on either side. Families living in houses with no drive think nothing of possessing three, four, five vehicles… and parking permanently outside their neighbours’ property.
It was great to be able to interview Clive Merrison recently. He’s reprised his role as Bomber in the West End transfer of Land of Our Fathers, an incredible piece of theatre. It runs at the Trafalgar Studios until 4th October and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Clive has a wicked and dry sense of humour, and it was a really fun interview to do. I’ve followed his work for many years with great admiration, so always meaningful to speak to someone who’s made an impact on you.
The photograph of Clive was taken by Alex Harvey-Brown of Savannah Photographic.
I’m really pleased with this feature I wrote for Entertainment Focus about the world of Psycho, and how different interpretations have added to the mythology. Ultimately though, it’s always going to be Anthony Perkins’ gig… but follow the link to what I said:
I recently described being fourteen as ‘a fantastic age’, and my other half silently shook his head. It’s true that the teenage years are difficult; laden with the weight of expectation and rife with conflict. Learning to stand on your own two feet is even harder than learning to walk, and the painful experiences of the teenage years can scar you for life.