Here we are, approaching the end of my time with the Stratford Festival's Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre.
There are 4 weeks left, as I type this.
It's been an absolutely intense couple of years - plus a full Festival season in between.
As part of our last project, we will present Shakespeare's highly "Chekhovian" tragicomedy AS YOU LIKE IT, fully mounted, at the Studio Theatre in downtown Stratford - directed by a truly sweet American, Jon Kretzu, from Portland.
Kretzu is intensely passionate about the play, and it's been a pleasure to watch him unfold his vision for our production during rehearsals.
For my part, I'm having a go at Jaques (sad-looking picture above), the melancholy traveller. I absolutely adore it, as it allows me to truly explore that mysterious "humorous sadness" that is so common in Anton Chekhov's work (whom I'm a fan of).
I hope to see you at the Studio; you'll have only two chances to see the show: Feb 10 +11, both performances at 2PM - it's free!
After that, I'll enjoy a bit of a break: two weeks in Winnipeg; and then back to Stratford for rehearsals for the 2017 season...it's all happening pretty quickly. Life!