An entertaining and insightful memoir of a celebrated life spent joyously in theatre. John Bell, Australia's foremost Shakespearian actor and director, writes of family, friends, colleagues, plays and roles. Spiced with intriguing anecdotes and strong opinions, illustrated with 32 pages of fascinating photos, this is perfect for anyone interested in theatre.
It is a celebration of a remarkable theatrical journey, rather than a confession, by the actor and director who has played a unique role in shaping our theatre. Joyce Morgan, Sydney Morning Herald
a warm and engaging memoir. It is the work of someone with a passion for theatre Leonard Radic, Age
Bell recounts some wonderful stories the recollections of an engaged, committed eyewitness to the opening and closing of countless stage doors, back doors and trapdoors. Graeme Blundell, Weekend Australian
No individual has done more for Australian theatre than John Bell. No-one has played so many of the great roles on our stages. Gerard Windsor, Australian Financial Review
In this stunning memoir, John Bell shares, for the first time, some of the highs and lows of his four decades in theatre. Weaving personal stories with memories, Bell takes a captivating snapshot of the inside world of theatre. He writes fondly of his humble upbringing and his first schoolboy encounter with Shakespeare. He tells of his student days at Sydney University and at the Old Tote Theatre where he met Anna Volska, an actor with the same driving passion for theatre as himself. There are tales of his time in England at the Royal Shakespeare Company, of Kenneth Branagh and Sir John Gielgud, as a teacher at NIDA, of the Old Tote, the irreverent Nimrod Theatre and the extraordinary Bell Shakespeare Company.
Fascinating, funny and passionate, John Bell: The time of my life shines with Bell s belief of theatre as a living tradition, his approach of mutual respect and mentorship, and his desire to pass on the torch in a spirit of affection and dedication to a priceless heritage. With thirty-two pages of stunning photos, this memoir is an ideal gift for anyone who has an interest in the theatre.
John Bell is one of Australia's most acclaimed theatre personalities. In a career spanning four decades and incorporating both acting and directing, John has been instrumental in shaping the Australian theatre as we know it today. In particular, his contribution to the appreciation of the works of William Shakespeare has been pervasive and invigorating, while his many interpretations of roles have become performance benchmarks in Australian theatre.
John's list of theatre credits include work for the Old Tote Theatre Company, all of the major state theatre companies and five years with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Great Britain. As co-founder of the legendary Nimrod Theatre Company in Sydney, John presented many of Australia's premiere and landmark productions of Australian plays in the 70's and 80's, including David Williamson's Travelling North, The Club, The Removalists and Peter Kenna's A Hard God. In 1990 John founded The Bell Shakespeare Com
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