David Cottis

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Arts
Occupation Theatre Director/Writer, Lecturer
Location London, United Kingdom
Introduction I'm a theatre director/writer, occasional academic and snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. In fact, I wanted to call this blog 'Considered Trifles', but someone else had already got it...
Interests Theatre, cinema, music, London, crime, folklore and social history.
Favorite Movies All About Eve, La Belle et le Bete, Ben-Hur (the silent one), Brief Encounter, Bringing Up Baby, Broken Blossoms, Cat People (the original), Chimes at Midnight, City Lights, The Conversation, The Crowd, Dead of Night, Death in Venice, Dr. Strangelove, Les Enfants du Paradis, Fargo, The Fly (the remake), 42nd Street, Freaks, The Graduate, A Hard Day's Night, Haxan, The Innocents, The Invisible Man, It Happened One Night, Kes, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Kwaidan, The London Nobody Knows, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Metropolis, Napoleon, A Night at the Opera, Night of the Hunter, La Nuit Americane, Orlando, Phantom of the Opera (the silent one), Psycho, Queen of Spades, The Red Shoes, The Seven Samurai, Sherlock Junior, Satyricon, Short Cuts, Singin' in the Rain, Smiles of a Summer Night, Some Like It Hot, Sweet Smell of Success, The Thin Man, The Third Man, Vampyr, Vanya on 42nd Street, Witchfinder General, The Wind, The Wizard of Oz
Favorite Music Louis Armstrong, Beethoven, The Beatles, Martin Carthy, the Clash, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Fairport Convention, Ella Fitzgerald, Peter Gabriel, George Gershwin, Philip Glass, Janis Joplin, Scott Joplin, the Kinks, Frank Loesser, Van Morrison, Mozart, Nirvana, Michael Nyman, Prince, Lou Reed, Rodgers and Hart (but not Rodgers and Hammerstein), the Rolling Stones, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Thompson, They Might Be Giants, UB40, the Velvet Underground, Tom Waits, the Who, Neil Young, the Zombies.
Favorite Books FICTION: Bleak House, The Bloody Chamber, The Cornish Trilogy (but especially 'What's Bred in the Bone'), Don Quixote, The Good Soldier Schweyk, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent., The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Pride and Prejudice, The Songlines, Three Men in a Boat, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. NON-FICTION: The Empty Space, The Female Eunuch, Impro, London - the Biography, Mystery Train, Nightmare Movies, Revolt Into Style, Tynan on Theatre, A Year With Swollen Appendices PLAYS: Too many to list. Start with Oedipus, The Bacchae, Lyistrata, Thyestes, The Menaechmi, The Second Shepherd's Play, Everyman, Dr. Faustus, Twelfth Night, The Changeling, The Alchemist, The Duchess of Malfi, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Mayor of Zalamea, Fuentovejuna, The Misanthrope, The Country Wife, The Recruiting Officer, The School for Scandal, The Master Builder, The Cherry Orchard, The Life of Galileo... POETRY: William Blake, Gavin Ewart, Tony Harrison, John Keats, William Shakespeare