Archive for April 17th, 2011

Got a cool £1.9m?

If so, you can buy a home in County Berkshire once used by the Bloomsbury Group.

Known among Woolfians as Tidmarsh,The Mill House  has been on the market since last summer. The historic Tudor property dates in part back to the 13th century, but the main house is thought to have been built around 1600.

It was the residence of artist Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey from 1917-1924. Their rent was £52 a year for a three-year lease.

During their years there, the couple was visited by well known fellow members of the group, including Virginia Woolf and Maynard Keynes.

Carrington’s painting of the home illustrates the front cover of the 1970 edition of Carrington: Letters and Extracts From Her Diary, edited by David Garnett.

The current owners, who have lived on the property on the River Pang since the mid-1980s, say they still get visits from admirers of the Bloomsbury Group.

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It’s over now, but if you had the opportunity to see A Good Day: Love, Death and Virginia Woolf on stage at the Royal Northern College of Music Studio Theater in Manchester, England, it seems likely you would have given it a good rating.

Remotegoat did. The UK site gave the play four stars.

Reviewer Frank Hill’s overwhelmingly positive response can be summed up by this statement: “A Good Day tackles a difficult subject, but with a strong cast and sensitive direction from Helen Perry this proved to be a reflective and thoughtful evening at the theatre, which, like the author’s work itself, raises as many questions as it answers.”

Stuart N. Clarke, regular poster to the VW Listserv, keeper of an extensive Woolf and Bloomsbury bibliography, and editor of volumes five and six of The Essays of Virginia Woolf, was in the audience. In an early morning message to the list, he complimented the poetic quality of the script and the fact that it presented Woolf as a great writer.

The new play, described as a dramatic love story that gives a mesmerising and compelling view of Woolf’s final hours, according to producers Brian M Clarke and Tom Elliott, was produced in honor of the 70th anniversary of Woolf’s death.

The play had a short run, April 14-16, and was promoted by Beat Productions.

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