August 22, 2016

Arts freelancers. We're no one until the person we meet can validate us through personally knowing of our work. And for some reason it's entirely acceptable to ask about earnings in a way that seems impolite when speaking to, say, an office administrator.

(They're almos...

August 21, 2016

Uniforms. They are everywhere. Police officers, shop assistants, schoolchildren all wear them. What's the point?

They're usually to create a group identity which functions both within the team setting (school, work, battlefield, operating theatre), and outside too by en...

August 20, 2016

Warning - this is a long post and covers issues that some people may find distressing.

I’ve been trying to use these posts as a way of sharing some of my real self, partly because I'm used to hiding behind jokes and characters. In Post 2 (“Don't You Forget About Me”) I...

August 19, 2016

As a teenager I was an avid fan of the series Fame and then saw the movie - a transformative experience. I hugely identified with Doris Schwartz, the wisecracking Jewish girl who wanted a career in the theatre but had yet to find the right path. She was desperate to fi...

August 18, 2016

Tonight and tomorrow make up the festival Tu B’Av, often described as the Jewish Valentine's Day. On this date in biblical times, single men and women would meet in the fields and vineyards to dance and hopefully find love. To create equal opportunities, everyone wore...

August 17, 2016

We've recently binge-watched the Netflix show Stranger Things, a supernatural/science fiction series set in the 80s. I really admired the production team’s commitment to authenticity as it felt resolutely 1980 something down to the font used for the titles. Every scene...

August 16, 2016

I've just had an interesting chat with my friend (the fabulous poet) Joshua Seigal. He used an expression which I thought was really useful for a show idea I’d had so I made him repeat it and wrote it down.

Every year, Lennie Msft buys me a new notebook for my birthday...

August 15, 2016

I don't know what it is about zombies, but they're the enemy that I'm secretly expecting. Now, given that I have over 40 years of zombie-free life experience, plus historically this hasn't been a frequently occurring issue, it seems a bit bizarre to have zombies on my...

August 14, 2016

Halfway through Tisha B’Av* I always think of Kol Sheva - at one time the greatest girl band in orthodox Jewish women-only British music history. One of the first and most popular songs that they performed was an arrangement of “The City Streets Will Fill” by Chanale....

August 13, 2016

Tonight, the Jewish fast known as Tisha B’Av began. People fast for 25 hours in commemoration of a number of tragic events in Jewish history including the destruction of the first and second Temples (see link below).

The 3 weeks leading up to Tisha B’Av (known as “The 3...

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Some lovely comments:

  • I've enjoyed these blog posts so much, and have, in fact, been searching them out every day to make sure I don't miss one - a serious accolade for your writing in an age of endless media choices and overwhelming new content! Your bravery, thoughtfulness, openness and humour make for very compelling reading : thank you

  • What an amazingly moving and well written account of your experience. Terrifying and so sad yet with such positives too. Thank you for (making me cry in public again) and for sharing.

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