photo by Ted Strutz                    


” Hello Larry — ready for tonight’s show ?”

“Raring to go Jake, feel top of my game. Macbeth — oops ‘The Scottish Play’ — is my favourite”.

” Jake and Matt is the set sorted ?”

“Yes Josie, not sure that Larry is though..”

“Because ?”

“Spoke to him just now : close up he whiffs of gin and his face bare of grease paint is all pale and mottled. Swear he was swaying. ”

“I’ve tried to brooch his ‘lifestyle’…..Pray he gets through tonight.”


“Look at him Matt : Maestro — three encores — magnificent performance. Here’s Josie “.

“Been to congratulate the Big Man – it’s his last show ever — he’s dead.”