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Arguments with England: A Memoir Hardcover – August 18, 2005

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An unwilling medical student in Australia in 1949 when touring actor Robert Morley encouraged him to try drama school, Blakemore (b. 1928) worked his way to London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He then landed a succession of small parts with British repertory theaters. Struggling with a variety of roles and directors, he gained confidence in his own ability to interpret a broad range of characters. Eventually, he realized his real gift was in conceptualizing the play as a whole, i.e., directing. His first success, 1968's A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, led to a brilliant directing career. This memoir will give readers new understanding of how actors internalize roles and a glimpse of what it's like to be a director, too (although Blakemore ends this memoir just as his directing career is taking off). His insider's history of British theater is also an outsider's history of British culture. Growing up Australian, coming into his prime in England, returning to Australia to revisit his roots and then returning to work in Thatcher's Britain, Blakemore comes to his "final argument with England": her "carelessness" with her colonial subjects. This is an insightful guide to the development of modern British theater. Photos.
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"Michael Blakemore, the greatest virtuoso director of his generation...has written an autobiography which is vivid, wise, evocative but also (and this is what gives it its power) often deeply troubled." --Simon Callow, The Guardian
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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571224458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571224456
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Having worked with Mr. Blakemore years ago and having also read his other pieces, I was truly excited to see what '"Arguments with England" would bring. I was not disappointed. He is as wonderful a writer as he is a director and curling up with this book was like having a private audience with a gent you can only admire and respect more each time you meet him, whether in person or in the pages of a book.
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