Author Archives: michaelcraig

First Drafts

  The first draft of two books now complete (more or less). Time for rewrites and editing. Both books about the Russian theatre. The 1st about the film series +Russian Theatre Documentary Series which includes 3 films so far completed … Continue reading

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“The Fairground Booth” and “Petrushka”

This post is a fragment from a chapter of the book which will be published some time next year. The context is a comparison between the ballet “Petrushka” and “The Fairground Booth”. Both share roots in the Russian fairground and the … Continue reading

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Fairground Booth Book – New Chapter -News

Finishing one of the most difficult chapters of  The Fairground Book and researching the film simultaneously. The chapter concerns Blok and Meyerhold’s legacy and in particular the legacy of The Fairground Booth in Russian and world theatrical history. This is … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky and The Fairground Booth

Planning an extra chapter about Dostoevsky and the Fairground Booth in the book Blok, Meyerhold and the Fairground Booth thefairgroundbooth.com. Its come about due to further research into the symbolist painters of the time who were involved with theatre set … Continue reading

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Music, Blok, Gogol and “The Tempest”

In an article by James David Jacobs about Shakespeare and music he writes “The Tempest stands at the crossroads of theatrical history: between the Renaissance and the Baroque, between the Elizabethan theatre of the imagination and the Jacobean spectacle, between … Continue reading

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Time Not Wasted

Not much done the last few days but all not lost. Yesterday spent a few hours on The Fairground Booth documentary. I have been working on semi computer generated sequence mostly made up of composited layers. I began it a … Continue reading

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Fairground Booth book news

A pause in the writing of the book about the play The Fairground Booth which was written by Alexander Blok and staged by Meyerhold as more time is spent on the script for the documentary film of the same subject. … Continue reading

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Step by step

Well into the Fairground Booth project  by Copernicus Films and Michael Craig with meetings planned and book going ahead step by step. Excellent progress on this project. Going through the Shakespeare section which is a specific component of Blok’s play. … Continue reading

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Moving on

After the last bit of writing here things have moved on. Got down to completing a whole section of The Fairground Booth book – the section detailing The Apocalypse and The Fairground Booth. Not a bad bit of progress and … Continue reading

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Obstacles

Having a difficult time with The Fairground Booth book for the Russian Theatre film project. Every time I make a new start I seem to run into a brick wall. Unable to move forward at all or find any kind … Continue reading

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