RA Bulgaria and Hariclea unearthed a new interview with Richard, published in free newspaper Metro in the UK today.
Let’s unpick this a little bit.
Early childhood reading
Enid Blyton as one of Richard’s childhood authors. I had to smile at that a little, because it coincides with my own childhood reading. I loved those books because there was always adventure in them.
Initially my favourite series was The Famous Five, and I thoroughly identified as George, the tomboy. But even at a young age I was thoroughly and presciently-feministly pissed off at the depiction of Anne as the eternal homemaker and cook when the famous five went on their adventures. Ugh. Later my favourite series was Tina und Tini – which was sold in Germany under the Enid Blyton name, but actually was not written by the British writer at all. That series chronicled the adventures of brother and sister Tina and Tobi, as well as their friend Tini, and with two girls at the helm, it felt more representative to me – the boy was not the main focus of the stories…
On audio books
Hmph, I have to say I am slightly miffed at RA mentioning Jeffrey Archer as the first author of an audio book that he has read. Meh – I don’t want to read too much into it, but well… Wondering which audio book he found “intellectual”… *coughs* Angela Carter? Marcus Aurelius?
Future of Theatre
Restaging the last six weeks of the run??? Hm, that would be great and make a lot of people happy. But will that be feasible now? I think he is right, though, about theatres only reopening some time next year. That is if they have survived until then. Not sure whether RA had heard the news, but apparently ATG (to whom the Harold Pinter Theatre belongs) has just laid off 500 staff members because the theatres won’t reopen until 2021. A dire situation. And not only for the artistic staff that Richard has mentioned in the interview. There are plenty of other people involved who will have lost their jobs, from front-of-house to the technicians and the clerical workers in the theatre admin. It really looks bleak…
Unfulfilled career ambitions
Well, we’ve heard the shtick about the production plans for a while now. I assume it must be quite tricky getting something off the ground – not really for lack of material but probably in terms of finding financiers. If he is planning to act in the films that he is producing, then at least he has got his own star power to attract financiers. However, I have to say I felt like shouting “noooooooooo” when I read that he ultimately wants to produce and *not* act. Meh. I hope that doesn’t mean he wants to give up acting for good? That’d be a shame.
Write something before I die
A-ha!!!!!!!!! Well, hehe, so, no more humble declining the suggestion that Mr Character Diary might want to write something himself. That sounds interesting. I do wonder what form his writing would take. Fiction? Scripts? A novel? If so, what genre? Or poetry, like the recently quickly deleted amuse gueule ? Personally, I have always enjoyed how the man expresses himself in interviews. He does have a nice way of phrasing his opinions when interviewed. I wasn’t quite so convinced by some of his more “essaistic” attempts. The piece for Cybersmile comes to mind. 😬 But then again, that was not fiction but factual/personal. – In that regard I hope he has used the lockdown to not just sit in his wardrobe and record yet another audio book but maybe has done some writing then…
Waiting with bated breath for the emergence of RA Productions – visual or literary… What are your reactions?