Agreed. Some of the most intuitive and intelligent people I've worked with.
Having just heard Steven Berkoff dismember an ABC colleague for a frankly
gauche attempt at a humourous interview. (Search for it online. It's a
On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM, Alison Croggon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> It's a horrible job in terms of security. I know lots of actors, some
> I count among my dearest friends, and the best of them are very
> charming and intelligent human beings. Often surprisingly shy and
> bookish, and always specialists in black humour. The cliches about
> "luvvies" or actors being narcissistic or ego-driven or lacking
> personality - I remember that Harlan Ellison story - doesn't hold with
> the serious artists among them, of which there are more than a few.
> (If they don't have a self to perform with, what do they perform? A
> good actor needs to understand quite a lot of humbling things about
> him or herself, including how to confront and cope with failure, which
> is inescapable on a stage). There's far more egomania among poets,
> take it from me!
> On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 9:57 AM, Sally Evans <[log in to unmask]>
> > yes actors can be most insecure and odd when they dont have roles to
> > We were very close to John Cargill Thompson an actor-playwright, we
> > published many books of his plays and yes, that does give an insight into
> > that world.
> > http://www.poetryscotland.co.uk
> > http://groups.msn.com/desktopsallye
> > http://www.myspace.com/poetsallyevans
> > ----- Original Message ----- From: "David Bircumshaw"
> > <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 3:20 PM
> > Subject: Re: The Globe
> >> Good Lord! I haven't peeked in here for a day or two and I find all
> >> this. Marvellous.
> >> The only mystery about Shakespeare is that he was an actor (and
> >> sometimes an act-or). I think the closest you can get to him is to
> >> read biographies of Olivier or Alec Guinness, in that when they
> >> weren't playing roles they were like nobody, as if they had no
> >> personality of their own.
> >> --
> >> David Bircumshaw
> >> Website and A Chide's Alphabet
> >> http://homepage.ntlworld.com/david.bircumshaw/
> >> The Animal Subsides http://www.arrowheadpress.co.uk/books/animal.html
> >> Leicester Poetry Society: http://www.poetryleicester.co.uk
> Editor, Masthead: http://www.masthead.net.au
> Blog: http://theatrenotes.blogspot.com
> Home page: http://www.alisoncroggon.com