August 12, 2016

I'm one of four siblings and I'm always fascinated by the varying ways in which we each remember some aspects of our family history. In my psychology / counselling / social work training this was an area that really interested me (often known as family scripts). Someti...

August 11, 2016

I'm sitting in Edinburgh airport waiting to fly back from one Fringe to direct a show in another*. I've had a crazy 8 days of reviewing new writing and working on the 3 shows I've directed, which are all going beautifully thanks to the talented performers being brillia...

August 10, 2016

Keeping kosher can be a massive pain. My non-Jewish friends have asked me lots of questions about it and there is a general assumption that it entails having a Rabbi bless your food, but in fact it is a huge list of what you can and can’t eat, what you can and can’t co...

August 9, 2016

Storytelling is something I grew up with (see post 1: “Yes, and...”) as both of my grandfathers spun marvelous tales.

My mother’s father (known as Grandpa) used to tell me stories about the movie stars of his time such as Laurence Olivier, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lorre,...

August 8, 2016

Reviews. They are the double-edged sword that writers and performers grasp at, desperate for a quotable extract and the right number of stars. A good review provides validation and elation, a negative review can send the recipient plummeting into despair, doubting thei...

August 7, 2016

The Edinburgh Fringe is like the annual industry conference for my line of work. I'll be honest, it's a bit more exciting than a hotel in the midlands or an outwards bounds team building trip. For some years now, this annual pilgrimage has been a significant part of my...

August 6, 2016

Last night, mentalist Doug Segal read my mind. We're currently flatmates in Edinburgh (along with a gorgeous motley crew) and Doug, his partner Sophie and I had been chatting about his current show “I Can Make You Feel Good” (7.50pm Voodoo Rooms).

Anyway, we were having...

August 5, 2016

No matter whether it's spring, summer, autumn or winter, shabbat (sabbath) begins at dusk and ends at nightfall. Depending on where you live, the timings can vary hugely. For example, in parts of Scandinavia there are days in the summer where it doesn't get dark, and i...

August 4, 2016

Flying in an aeroplane is entirely illogical to my science-free brain. If I drop a feather it will float to the ground, and a feather is so light that there's literally an expression (simile) to state its best known quality. You can explain the theory of aerodynamics t...

August 3, 2016

When my husband and I were kids we belonged to a youth group, he was one of the leaders when I was a participant. We still have deep and lasting friendships with some of the people we spent all of those summers and winters with, in dorms or under canvas.

My kids joined...

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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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