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Posted by:
Mon 6 Aug 2012

I've decided that dutifully recording rehearsals may get a bit tedious, so for this post I've decided to give focus on directing.

I must confess that it is several years since I directed a play, but I have done a fair range of things from Ayckbourn to Shakespeare with casts ranging in size from 4 to 30 so I feel it is fair to say that I am not inexperienced.

However, I have been involved in many productions over the years - probably at least 40 by now but I suspect it may be more since I started when I was at school.  Therefore I have experienced a lot of directing styles from the dictatorial control freak to the "so laid back they're postively horiztontal".  My personal style has developed into a fairly relaxed style one, my approach being that we are all a team and we do this for fun, although if I want something done a particular way, then it will be done that way, end of argument. 

Posted by:
Fri 27 Jul 2012

Well, it's 4 weeks since we started rehearsals for Calendar Girls and we've blocked the whole show.  As we re-run scenes, it's becoming very clear that it will be a great show but the key will be to keep it fast-paced with slick scene changes.  The script by Tim Firth is one of the best I've ever read - no line is out of place and his use of language is wonderful - so now all we need to do is get those lines learnt!  Of course, I'm using the royal "we" there as I'm not the one who's going to be on stage performing.

Posted by:
Fri 27 Jul 2012

 

Professor Frank McGuiness (b. 29th July 1953) is an award winning Irish playwright and poet. As well as his own works, which include Someon Who'll Watch Over MeFactory Girls and Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme, he has also adapted literary classics, having translated the plays of Racine, Sophocles, Ibsen and Strindberg to critical acclaim. He has been Professor of Creative Writing at University College Dublin since 2007.

Biography

McGuinness was born in Buncrana, a town located on the Inishowen Peninsula of County Donegal, Ireland. He was educated locally and at University College Dublin, where he studied English and Medieval Studies to postgraduate level.

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Fri 27 Jul 2012

In April 1986, Brian Keenan was abducted on his way to work at the American University of Beirut. The Islamic group Jihad kept him in underground prisons and denied him all contact with the outside world. His jailors, who barely spoke any English, subjected him to constant unpredictable abuse and fettered his wrists and ankles. It was not until he had survived four and a half years of this treatment that he was finally released.

Frank McGuinness was inspired by his conversations with Keenan to write Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, a play which is heartrendingly compassionate, tenderly tragic but also uproariously funny.

An American doctor, an Irish journalist and an English academic are taken hostage and held by unseen captors in the Middle East.

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