Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tony Harrison Workshop

Had a most stimulating time this afternoon at the masters class given by Tony Harrison and his wife, the renowned actor Sian Thomas. A lot of talk about verse and how it works as a dramatic medium. Much of it geared towards actors--I got the impression that the majority of participants were theatre types--more used to "naturalistic" prose dialogue, but still really good stuff for us writers and readers of verse (Sonnet L'Abbé was the only other such critter present, to the best of my knowledge). Harrison's a very likable guy, very serious about what he does, but not taking himself too seriously. One of the best things about this class was the stories he and Sian had about crazy theatrical stunts pulled over the years. I'd really love to see one of his productions some time.

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