Jane McCulloch Writer, dramatist, lyricist and director of theatre and opera.
After leaving drama school, Jane specialised in writing biographical dramas of modern and historical characters, ranging from Byron to Buster Keaton - from Beethoven, to Roosevelt and Churchill. After a long association with the famous London Old Vic Theatre, Jane started her own company in l985, the English Chamber Theatre; Dame Judi Dench is the President. Jane wrote, devised and directed over thirty new works for ECT. These works divided into two categories, full scale plays and literary entertainments. ECT Productions were performed all over the world, including seasons at the Doolittle Theatre Los Angeles, and in the West End London and for these productions Jane worked with many of the great names in British Theatre, including Sir Derek Jacobi, Julian Glover, Timothy West and the late Fenella Fielding. Jane also worked with the late Margot Fonteyn and Anthony Quinn on various biographical dramas.
Outside ECT Jane also worked as a freelance director for theatre, opera and music theatre. In 1999 Jane staged Jessye Norman's "THE SACRED ELLINGTON" at the Barbican and at the Epidaurus Theatre in Greece. In 2000 she staged it at the Chatelet in Paris. In 2006 and 2007 she was the first English director and first woman in 70 years to direct the longest running American outdoor drama, THE LOST COLONY in North Carolina.
Jane became the Artistic Director of Opera UK in 2007 and for them directed many productions, including, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Merry Widow, The Barber of Seville and La Traviata.
As a writer she has worked in theatre, radio, television and the recording studio. In 2014 she gave up most of her theatre work in order to concentrate on her writing - and most especially, fiction books.
Jane has four children and ten grandchildren and lives in Putney, London.
Publisher: JJMoffs Independent Book Publisher
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
A remarkable story of love and survival. Brilliant, compelling and unexpected. Gyles Brandreth; A truly outstanding story. 5 stars; Marnie rents the boathouse on Lady Isobel Mallison's land. She's startled when a man emerges out of the mist, asking if he can moor his houseboat. Little does she know how E.G. Rawlings' arrival will change her life as she gets acquainted with him over the year.... she invites him to share either dinner or coffee. She uses these occasions to find out about his life as a war correspondent. The places he's reported from, the love of his life, the PTSD he and other wartime journalists have in common. However, this book is so much more than Marnie and her growing interest in Rawlings. Lady Isobel Mallison, the owner of this beautiful property, had first met Rawlings while she was a diplomat's wife at the embassy in Kabul. Her husband Peter had passed from cancer a couple of years before leaving her with this beautiful property they had both so looked forward to exploring and developing in their retirement. Isobel was a woman in her own right, having been a Justice of the Peace. It was through this role that she met Marnie and offered her the boathouse to rent. She shines through this storyline as this graceful, elegant but very kind "matriarch". Others interact throughout the novel with the main protagonists. All are superbly drawn so that as the reader, you feel like you're getting acquainted not just with Rawlings, Marnie, and Isobel, but with all those who make up this very lively house filled with love. There were so many things I loved in this book, Rawlings view on Brexit. The confidence Marnie embraces to hide her past. Isobel's role as the matriarch of this strange group of players. Felix's arrival brings love and life to all who he meets while grappling with his demons. I stupidly started reading this book at midnight, thinking "I'll read a chapter to lull me to sleep". It did not! Instead, I read until the sun came up at six. Fortunately, I was able to close the book with a deep sense of fulfilment and love with one proviso, Jane McCulloch; this was such a beautiful storyline filled with interesting, vibrant characters from whom I want to hear more... With a bit of luck, I won't have to wait too long to find the answers. Treebeard; Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.