February 22nd, 1978 — The current production of King Lear playing at Bard on the Beach contains some very realistic sword fighting. The actors involved probably were trained at the Paddy Crean Workshop in Banff which is named after the man above, Patrick Crean, aka Paddy Crean, who I photographed in 1978 giving a fencing lesson to actors in a Vancouver Playhouse Theatre production. Crean was a British actor and one of the most influential figures in the art of modern stage combat. He worked with actors like Paul Scofield, Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Alec Guinness, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Errol Flynn, all now dead and probably unknown to most readers of this blog but believe me, once they were very big names. Are those wine bottles on the piano? The title of his autobiography is “More Champagne, Darling” so probably they are.
February 1st, 1977 — Powys Thomas as King Lear with Heath Lamberts at the Playhouse Theatre in Vancouver.