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Whenever You're Ready: Nora Polley on Life as a Stratford Festival Stage Manager

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Backstage with one of Canada’s greatest stage managers

Whenever You’re Ready is an intimate account of the career of Nora Polley, who — in her 52 years at the Stratford Festival — has learned from, worked with, and cared for some of the greatest directors, actors, stage managers, and productions in Canadian theatrical history. In so doing, Nora became one of the greatest st
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Paperback, 420 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by ECW Press
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James Fisher
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was interested in reading this title, for while I am not much of a theatre-goer (and I have never been to Stratford), I thought it would be interesting to read about an occupation that is more or less "invisible" to the public. While Ms. Polley did not write the book, the actual author does an admirable job of collating all of her memoirs and recollections into a very readable form, it's as if Ms. Polley were writing it. This is a large book, and it always amazes me how people can recall event ...more
Rebecca Maria
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whenever You’re Ready is a truly inspiring look into the world of stage managing. Shawn DeSouza-Coelho tells Nora Polley’s story in a first-person narrative, which provides the story with an authenticity and energy that made this book difficult to put down. Reading Nora’s stories truly showcases the highs and lows of the theatre world, and her experiences put a comedic spin on life in the theatre. DeSouza-Coelho included stories of Nora’s childhood, her time as an apprentice stage manager, her p ...more
Trish
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is more a portrait of Nora Polley’s emotional life than her theatrical experience. There are a lot of deaths, which can be depressing. Her memories are focused on directors more than actors, which is understandable given her profession.
Ellen
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who love theatre
Won this from 49th Shelf...thank you...but, well...started to read this and...as it turned out, it really wasn't for me...so I passed it on to a friend who enjoys theatre. She said it was interesting, but just okay...so I gave it three stars.
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What a disappointment! I just finished reading this new book. As a lifelong supporter and lover of the Stratford Festival, and a former performing arts archivist myself, I found the book to be disjointed and written with an assumption that readers already knew who was being written about. Ironically, this book about the world's best classical theatre needs a cast list to help readers less familiar with the Festival than longtime theatregoers. I did enjoy some of the stories, but I was appalled b ...more
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