Winston, the Victorian Missionary

By Freddie Machin We opened the autumn tour of Winston on the Run at the Chipping Norton Theatre, a stone’s throw from Winston’s birthplace and the seat of the dukedom he never inherited, Blenheim Palace. Merely by dint of dates and programming the show opened to an Oxfordshire audience, many of whom, we discovered duringContinue reading “Winston, the Victorian Missionary”

Dashing discoveries.

By John Walton A bookstore hidden down a curving Edinburgh backstreet, its rough wooden shelves crammed with history, classical passion and beautiful early editions; an antiquarian owner practically covered with his own thin layer of dust. I was holding a worn book with yellowing pages, a navy hardback cover, and a look of having beenContinue reading “Dashing discoveries.”

An Actor Prepares

 by Freddie Machin   The rejection I could cope with, the perseverance I could muster but no-one tells you that when you get that elusive and long longed for acting job, it might not be as fulfilling as you first thought.   Drama school was an incredibly invigorating and challenging three years for me. CharacterisedContinue reading “An Actor Prepares”

Blocked beginnings

By John Walton In 2009, on the face of things, everything was going brilliantly. I had graduated from drama school two years earlier and landed a succession of acting parts, culminating in the Australasian tour of “Potted Potter” – the West-End Harry Potter spoof which boldly crashed through “all seven books in seventy minutes”. WeContinue reading “Blocked beginnings”