Hugh Hodgart

'Some of my happiest memories (and most consistently successful creative efforts!) are focused on the succession of Stuart Paterson’s Christmas shows designed by Gregory Smith with music by Savourna Stevenson. Back then we could afford as many as three live musicians in the pit and many of these shows really were magical, loved by audience and critics alike. There were too many actors involved to name them all but Victoria Hardcastle, Irene Macdougal and Alison Peebles covered most of the scary witches between them and Michael Mackenzie did a very good line in fathers and magicians. Younger actors included Billy Boyd, Blythe Duff, Katy Murphy.
Another couple of productions I was particularly proud of were Pinter’s Old Times and Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. In both cases I felt that everyone involved, actors, designers, technicians, absolutely nailed it.
Odd fact: Simon Russell Beale played Osric in Hamlet, looking very like David Hockney.'

Hugh Hodgart

Tags: 1980s, 1990s, Text