The End of Edinburgh...

Posted by Nick Hennegan on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Under: Nick Hennegan

For a writer, I've not been writing on here very much!  Mainly due to the creative madness that is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  I actually had THREE productions I’d written and directed at the festival this year - A Christmas Carol, Henry V - Lion of England and Hamlet - Horatio’s Tale.  Yes, it was a hectic, but a glorious and intense experience.  Adapting Shakespeare’s Hamlet almost sent me as mad as the gloomy Dane himself. (Or was he mad? Or gloomy?  Or just pretending.  How mad is Hamlet?  Does he believe in the Ghost that appears?  Does he depend on his girlfriend, Ophelia?  Is it a betrayal that she obeys her father over Hamlet?  You can see the kind of summer I had, writing and directing this one.  Even with a beautiful and glorious acting talent like Kizzy Dunn!  And the beautiful and glorious voice of Sir Derek Jacobi!)

But what I went though during this summer is exactly what many of our Pub Crawl writers went through in different ways. George Orwell’sDown and Out in London and Paris’ always strikes a significant note with me.  And talking of Orwell, The Newman’s Arms has reopened!  Not only is it widely known as the Proles pub from Orwell’s 1984, it’s also one of my favourite pubs on our tour.  For reasons we will explain if you join us!

In the meantime, I miss my actor Kizzy - it is very intense working with only one actor on a production.  But Edinburgh went well and I’m preparing another two shows for next years Festival.  And if you join us on the Literary Pub Crawl, I’ll tell you all about that over a pint in the new Newmans!


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Tags: derek jacobi  kizzy dunn  george orwell  newmans armes pub 
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Nick Hennegan Hello. I'm Nick Hennegan and I started the London Literary Pub Crawl. Most of the blogs on here will be by me. I've always written but my first theatrical success was an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Henry V' ( I founded Maverick Theatre in 1994. ( This pub crawl is really more a promenade theatre performance than a tour and I'm running it with a bunch of enthusiastic local actors and writers. I love sharing my passion for the area and the artists. I also present a radio show on Resonance 104.4fm - London's Arts Station and a podcast on our site. If you haven't visited us in London yet, I hope you'll come soon. And feel free to leave comments or email me at nick @ - I reply to them all and I love to hear from you.


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