My blog has quite a lot of posts about Samuel West (Julius Caesar, On Chesil Beach and Darkest Hour) and Charles Edwards (My Fair Lady Australian tour and Henry IX).

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Samuel West - Britten Films, Contemporary Shakespeare, Oxford Times interview

Jane Holman as Mary in Close the Coalhouse Door (Photo: Keith Pattison. Source: Northern Stage - used with permission). Screenshot from Moomin, Mymble and Little My.

Britten Films was performed at the Aldeburgh Festival on Thursday. John Harte shared a picture of Sam in rehearsal. Here are some tweets about Sam from conductor Nicholas Collon and pianist John Reid, and audience members Keely Taylor and Tam Pollard:
@nicholascollon: "extraordinary virtuoso performance from @exitthelemming this eve.No-one else cld get near that!What fun with britten's films@auroraorchestra"
@johnreidpiano (1|2): "Cor, this #aldeburghfestival concert of Britten film scores is a minefield of notes, sound-effects cuts+rests... Still, it's all worth it just to hear the line 'I have a great apprehension of poisonings' and @exitthelemming 's '30s RP.."
@keelyktss: "@exitthelemming Superb performance tonight! Very difficult stuff, well done to you, orchestra & choruses."
@wheresrunnicles: "Wonderful evening of Britten's GPO films @aldeburghmusic - live music by @nicholascollon @auroraorchestra and narration by @exitthelemming"
and a tweet from Sam about the performance:
"Thanks to all who came to @aldeburghmusic tonight; had a fine time with @nicholascollon & @auroraorchestra. That Britten's got talent."

On Friday, he gave a lecture titled "On Acting and Directing Shakespeare" at the Contemporary Shakespeare conference. Positive comments about his lecture have been shared by @contemposhake (the organisers of the conference) and catroofdance, an attendee.

The Oxford Times has an interview with Sam, in which he discusses his connections to Oxford. As a student, he read English at Lady Margaret Hall and performed at the Oxford Playhouse. He recently became a patron of the Oxford Playhouse, and Close the Coalhouse Door will be performed there 19-23 June.

He did some filming in Willesden for Mr Selfridge earlier this week (@exitthelemming).

Below is a very lovely tweet from @vornster praising Sam's narration for the app Moomin, Mymble and Little My:
"@exitthelemming Moomin app going down very well in our house. 5 yo refuses to even *try* to read it herself "I like the man reading" :)"

Money will be repeated 1 July on BBC Radio 3 (BBC Media Centre).

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