Thursday, 8 October 2015

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

More Nicholas Nickleby drawings

Ralph calls on the family in London
Roger Rees as Nicholas
Bob Peck as Sir Mulberry Hawk with Ralph
Smike being thrashed by Squeers
John Woodvine as Ralph Nickleby
Leila Kaye as Mrs Crummles
The opening scene - the Muffin and Crumpet trading company
Edward Petherbridge as Newman Noggs
Roger Rees and Timothy Spall
Mrs Mantolini
Bob Peck as John Browdie
A repentant Ralph about to hang himself
Smike preparing to play the Apothecary in Romeo and Juliet

Monday, 31 August 2015

Nicholas Nickleby

Found some sketchbooks dating back to 1980 when I was working at the RSC at the Aldwych in London on the prop staff. They were previewing an adaptation of Dickens' novel by David Edgar which lasted 8 1/2 hours. Initially it didn't do well and I remember them closing the upper balcony and offering tickets to people at the busstops outside until Bernard Levin's rave review in The Times. After that it was a smash hit and it was moving to see the audience spontaneously rise to their feet at the end of the show night after night. It was an inspired production and the open plan set with everyone on stage made it ideal to draw.
Suzanna Bertish as Peg Sliderskew
Bob Peck as John Browdie helps Smike ( David Threlfell) escape
Nicholas and Newman Noggs (Edward Petherbridge)
Ben Kingsley playing The Duke in the Crummles Theatre Company's production of Romeo and Juliet

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Summer landscapes from Warwickshire and the Lake district

 View from Meon Hill towards Mickleton 

Brailes Hill
Farm in the Lake District
Longsleddale - a beautiful but little known valley

Monday, 25 May 2015

Rehearsals from the Chipping Campden Music Festival

Jack Liebeck rehearsing Brahms with Adrian Brendel

Adrian Brendel
Rehearsing Dvorak's eighth symphony
Chipping Campden Festival Orchestra under Thomas Hull

Monday, 18 May 2015

Schubert Piano trios at the Chipping Campden Music Festival

Imogen Cooper, Henning Kraggerud and Adrian Brendel playing Schubert Piano Trios

Summer landscape

View from Meon Hill in Warwickshire

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Pictures of Crete

A short trip to Crete and the chance to do some painting and drawing
A tiny church perched on a rocky peak towering over Pefki Gorge and Magrigialios

Late evening over Diaskari Bay

The graden of the historical  museum in Heraklion

Sun setting - Diaskari

Tamrisk trees provide shade by the beach

A family lunch under the trees

One of many waterfalls in Pefki Gorge