Author Archives: rafeb

What should I do after the Edinburgh Festival?

I’ve been holding on to this one for a couple of days, out of courtesy. You’ll all have been washing that minging bag of clothes you brought back from the Festival, catching up on your sleep, opening your mail, and … Continue reading

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Why should I join Equity?

Some years ago – when I was preparing to leave Drama School – I realised that, as a single parent, I simply couldn’t afford to be an actor. It was a moment of great disappointment, and I really thought that … Continue reading

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How do I start a Theatre Company?

I’m back home from Edinburgh now, having once again left the show with the people to whom it now belongs. Once again, I find myself in a slightly reflective mood (now that I’ve had some sleep and a cuddle with … Continue reading

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Festival Flu…

Just a short one today, on the subject of the unverified reports of ‘Festival Flu’ currently doing the rounds. Please bear in mind that I am in no way qualified to give any medical advice, and so you really shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Dear Stephen…

It’s Sunday morning, and I’m due to go back to Edinburgh this afternoon. Tomorrow morning, Piers and I will hunker down in the kitchen once the cast have left for the morning, and work out a way to distil what … Continue reading

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Master Yoda, on the Dark Side of the Edinburgh Fringe…

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m back home with Mrs B for a few days helping to sort out domestic things – we’ve just moved house, and it’s a lot of work for one person, especially when they’re working … Continue reading

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Reviews, and how to handle them…

So, the reviews are beginning to come out. “Eeek!”, says my nonexistent friend who is sitting next to me, “I scared, Rafe. What if they good? What if they bad? I want see them, but I scared” etc. (I have … Continue reading

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On playing Bingo…

I love bingo! I know it may not be a fashionable place for a newly middle-aged man to go, but I do love a bit of Bingo. I used to take my daughter and her friends sometimes, and over the … Continue reading

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Rafe is standing for election….

So, here we are. We’ve worked out a new, fair way to approach low/no pay fringe theatre management. People seem to like it, it’s being talked about and used by other companies, and all the resources are free on our … Continue reading

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Open Book Theatre makes the Actor’s Yearbook 2013

Open Book Theatre gets its first print publication! Piers has written a piece for the Actors’ Yearbook 2013, available now, all about Open Book Theatre and why it’s particularly important and useful for Fringe Companies. The Actors’ Yearbook is as important for those … Continue reading

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