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Behind the Footlights

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Behind the Footlights by Ethel Brilliana Tweedie is a captivating and insightful look at the world of theater from the perspective of a seasoned performer. Tweedie's writing is engaging and humorous, and she offers readers a glimpse into the inner workings of the stage, from the highs of a successful performance to the challenges of life on the road.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the book is Tweedie's candidness about the ups and downs of her career. She doesn't shy away from discussing the struggles and disappointments that come with being a performer, but she also celebrates the joy and camaraderie that can be found in the theater world. Her anecdotes and observations make for a compelling read that will resonate with anyone who has a passion for the performing arts.

Overall, Behind the Footlights is a delightful book that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of theater through the eyes of a true insider. Tweedie's wit and wisdom shine through on every page, making this a must-read for anyone interested in the magic of the stage.

Book Description:
In this collection of essays the author gives us an opportunity to peek into the mysterious life of the theatre; she recalls her numerous conversations with and anecdotes about the "stage folk", such as actors, actresses, playwrights, stage directors or managers. However, her portrayal of theatrical life doesn't aim at glamorising the profession and the day-to-day life of those connected with the stage. On the contrary, if there's one overarching theme to her stories it is the repeated assurance that it's a hard and precarious existence, even for those at the top of the profession, let alone those who play minor parts and are rarely mentioned.

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