Following confirmed bookings at Beaminster Festival, Mere Literary Festival and Bewdley Book Week there is now an invitation to promote the new book MEANDERINGS; A RIVER AND A LIFE at the CHARROUX LITERARY FESTIVAL in France on Friday 25th August 2017 at 12.30pm. Watch this space for more Festival details.
SPEAKER, PLAYWRIGHT, and now AUTHOR
Brian Freeland started in the theatre in 1959, direct from National Service, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Scottish Opera, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet and Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop company.
For the British Council he has toured extensively abroad with dance and drama companies including three residencies in the Middle East, eight tours of the Indian sub-continent, and two circumnavigations of the globe.
Since ‘retirement’ he has lived in France, Scotland and,
now, Sussex, directing, writing scripts, giving talks
and - at last - writing the long-promised autobiography.
Saturday 28th May 2016.
Shaw and William Morris were close friends, and it was a great thrill to present GEORGE BERNARD SHAW: PLAYING THE CLOWN in the Morris Memorial Hall at Kelmscott where Shaw himself performed the opening ceremony in 1934. A friendly audience, and a memorable evening.
PLAYING THE CLOWN was performed in Malvern, a town associated with another of Shaw’s friends, Edward Elgar, as part of the 2016 Autumn in Malvern Festival, and also in Ellen Terry’s private theatre at Smallhythe, in Kent.
GUILDFORD INSTITUTE 20.1.16
VIEW FROM THE WINGS
“most enjoyable - a real tonic”
start delayed while we put out
BEXHILL MUSEUM 17.2 16
EAST SUSSEX FOLK
“truly interesting talk. I have never seen so many people at one of our Wednesday lectures.”
PLYMOUTH MUSEUM 23.2.16
WOMEN OF THE RAJ
“both informative and entertaining”
start held while the staff brought in
“Thanks for a great talk. From the reactions of your audience it was clear that you very much hit the spot! At a time when audiences are increasingly diverted by Powerpoint presentations it is refreshing to find a speaker who can hold a group enthralled with the spoken word alone. It is something you are able to achieve in spades! Thank you again for your support of the NT Bristol Centre’s Talks programme”.
UNDER GROUND THEATRE, EASTBOURNE. 3rd March 2017:
For forty minutes, in THE VIEW FROM THE WINGS, Brian shared some of the highlights from his decades of involvement in the theatre world while we, the audience, hung on every word. After the break he used the life-story of Clarkson Rose, the TWINKLE producer, to take us through 50 YEARS OF SEASIDE ENTERTAINMENT. He had us laughing - and singing! His timing, his clever props, his ability to switch moods on demand showed him to be a real ‘man of the theatre’.
Robin Gregory in the Eastbourne Herald.
Full review on the Double Bill page of this website.