On Friday I had a meeting with Karen Rabinowitz, the course leader of the Musical Theatre Post Grad. course at the Royal Academy. Karen is directing the workshops and reading of I CAPTURE THE CASTLE in July. It was a constructive meeting to discuss both my concerns about the libretto and her ideas for the reading. We talked a great deal about what each character wants, whether they get it and why. I am concerned that the characters of Neil and Simon should be deeper than in both the book and the film and we discussed their back stories and discovered that we had arrived at ideas about their history, which were very similar.
Karen Rabinowitz’s professional work has ranged from directing plays and musicals in the theatre, to staging and choreographing operas, musicals and revues. She also coaches singers and actors in specific roles, and her work has taken her to the Royal National Theatre, Opera North, Scottish Opera, TV and many repertory companies. She has taught at several London drama schools, and gives workshops and short courses in several European countries and the USA. Steve and I are really looking forward to working with her.