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About meLaura, from Ireland, strangely in love with the smell of books.

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You're right that comedy is so much harder, especially this kind of thing where the timing is so crucial.The kids I taech do moan at me when I won't let them do comedy but I do think it's harder to do successfully. However this year I've completely gone against that with my GCSE groups as we're doing plays by Ayckbourn, Willy Russell and Caryl Churchill! Will be interesting to see what their marks are like!
That's a great play. I sometimes use it for the GCSE practical exams if they are a very clever group (regardless of irish dancing ability!) so dwell on the fact that it's a challenging play and your teacher has chosen it with your group in mind! We are doing 'The Servant of Two Masters' by Goldoni as our practical, it's commedia. Do you know it?
Well someone has to be the bane of the drama teacher's life, it might as well be you. I'm intrigued as to why you think that though!? I have 12 in my AS group and more than one bane!
Oh, what a pity re TRANBY! Each to their own, I suppose :)
Are you taking drama at college/ uni? I teach it at GCSE and A level having moved from a career as professional stage manager into teaching.
The Princess Bride is one of my favourites! Have you seen the film?
Wow that is quite odd yes!
Oh good, nice to see someone else who has it! It's a decent book, but it just misses greatness - I think possibly the problem with it is that the romance itself is too facile, West doesn't quite get over the necessary suspense of her "love against all the odds" plotline. Have you tried "The Remarkable Journey of Tranby Quirke" by Elizabeth Ridley? She's a very inventive writer and if you enjoyed "Time of Grace" I think you'd like "Tranby" too.

I see you're a Sarah Waters fan - I love her first three novels, though I gave away "The Night Watch" as I found it a disappointment. (See my review of it for why.) I see we also share "Watching the English" - I must get round to reading that one, would you recommend it?

Best wishes,
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