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Ronan on your radio! [03 Apr 2008|07:30pm]

[ mood | annoyed ]

'A Dance To The Music Of Time' is a six-part BBC Radio 4 dramatisation by Michael Butt of Anthony Powell's novels following the rollercoaster fortunes of Nicholas Jenkins and three of his close companions from public school in the Twenties through to the Seventies.

A picture of social and artistic life in Britain between the wars and beyond, it charts the poignant relationships between friends and lovers who drift apart, yet keep re-encountering each other over the decades.

The first episode, Sex, begins at school as Jenkins befriends Charles Stringham and Peter Templer and they begin their mistreatment of misfit Kenneth Widmerpool, little realising he will feature powerfully in their later lives.

Corin Redgrave plays Nicholas Jenkins as an older man, narrating retrospectively, with Alex Jennings taking the role in Jenkins's middle years and Tom McHugh as his school-age incarnation. Mark Heap plays the older Widmerpool and Anthony Hoskyns plays Widmerpool at school.

Jenkins's lifetime friends are played by Ronan Vibert and Tim Watson. Other members of the cast include Sara Kestelman, Kika Markham, Susannah Harker, Malcolm Sinclair, Anthony Howell, Abigail Cruttenden and Zoe Waites.

The series was produced by John Taylor.

First episode will be broadcast on Sunday 6 April from 3.00-4.00pm.

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Dying For It [30 Jul 2007|11:40am]

[ mood | awake ]

I really can't think how I came to forget to tell you that back in April, I went to see Ronan perform in this play at the Almeida Theatre in London.

Can only suppose that life got in the way, as it sometimes has a habit of doing.

If anyone would like to hear any more, I'd be delighted to oblige.

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Don't forget, fans ... [22 Feb 2007|11:57am]


... it's the big man's birthday tomorrow.
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The reality of 'Uncle Vanya' [21 Feb 2007|10:48am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

This wasn't the first time I've seen 'Uncle Vanya', but the second.

My initiation took place at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester which put on a 25th anniversary production back during 2001. That was the one directed by Greg Hersov, starring Tom Courtney as Vanya, Robert Glenister (brother of Philip who plays Gene Hunt in the BBC series 'Life On Mars') as Astrov the doctor and Helen Schlesinger as Yelena (whose performance of the role was neatly summed up by the bloke sitting next to the FT theatre critic as: "She thinks she's Jennifer Saunders.").

Whilst I was travelling down to Euston on the exciting and vital Pendolino Intercity train the day before the performance, I kept myself out of trouble (apart from a few problems persuading the automated toilet door to open and shut properly. Apologies to anyone living near Stockport who may have caught a fleeting glimpse of something interesting they weren't expecting!) by rereading my Penguin translation of Chekhov's major plays.

Sadly, the Elizaveta Fen version is not a terribly colloquial or up-to-date version (seem to remember it's marooned somewhere back in the mid Fifties, complete with decidedly wobbly examples of transliteration, such as 'Vania'), so Ronan and co were rather lucky they got to work from the David Mamet adaptation.

Anyway, as the Wilton's Music Hall website didn't explain which actor was playing which role, I thought reading the script might help me work out what part Ronan would have been given.

It wasn't long before I'd decided he would probably be Astrov, on the grounds that there is mention in the script of the doctor having
a 'lovely voice', Sonya the plain young woman is madly in love with him, Astrov sometimes tends to drink too much, he's so bored and understimulated by his life in the back of beyond that he reckons an affair with a beautiful unhappily married woman might help to pass the time a bit more profitably - and Yelena is more than a little tempted by him.

Plus Ronan has played at least one doctor before (in 'Waking The Dead').

If it is true that drama school tutors like to cast students against type in order to stretch and challenge them, then unlike Michael
Simkins, I doubt Ronan ever got to snog his year's equivalent of Timothy Spall in the RADA production of 'Spring Awakening'!  (If I'm wrong, then I'll gladly eat my hat - as long as Ronan provides me with some smoky barbecue sauce for it).

Well, I'm sure you'll all be glad to know that my initial hunch turned out to be correct.

More later, when I've finished preparing for my job interview on Friday.

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'Uncle Vanya' lives [02 Feb 2007|03:45pm]

[ mood | artistic ]

Ronan is currently appearing in 'Uncle Vanya' at Wiltons Music Hall in London.

According to the venue's website:

"Chekhov's tragicomedy is set on a provincial Russian estate, where little disturbs the inhabitants' quiet lives until the head of the family brings home his beautiful new wife. 

"The faded splendour of Wiltons Music Hall forms the perfect setting for David Mamet’s vibrant and immediate adaptation of the play. 

"An ensemble cast including Colin Stinton, Rachael Stirling, Ronan Vibert, Catherine Cusack, Philip Voss, Lucinda Curtis and Marlene Sidaway and Michael Gunn bring Chekhov’s masterpiece into the here and now.

"Directed by Hugh Fraser."

My brother and I are going to see the play next Thursday (8 February).

Does anyone fancy reading a review of Ronan's performance?

If so, then I will be delighted to provide one. 

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Tristan & Isolde [14 Sep 2006|06:36pm]

[ mood | busy ]


I have put up some screencaps on my photobucket gallery here: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v640/blackfaith/Tristan/ . Enjoy :)
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Midsomer Murders [13 Sep 2006|06:04pm]

[ mood | blank ]

I have been a fan of Ronan since 1993 when I saw him narrating a programme about vampires and thought him to be total sex. Unlike virtually all other Ronan fans, however, I have never seen him in the Scarlet Pimpernel (!).
Of course, Ronan was in Midsomer Murders last week so I made some screencaps

More to come at: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v640/blackfaith/Midsomer/
I have a lot of screencaps from Tristan and Isolde too, if you fancy.

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What's My Motivation? [05 Jun 2006|05:27pm]

[ mood | amused ]

If you want to know more about what it may really have been like for Ronan to train and work as an actor, then hurry to get your hands on this marvellous book by Michael Simkins.

Like Ronan, Michael is a graduate of RADA and has worked with some
pretty impressive names, including Mike Leigh, Alan Ayckbourn, John Malkovich,and the immortal Anthony Perkins.

"From the humiliations of Chicken Tonight ads and sweaty lion costumes,to the indignities of accidental sprinkler-system activations and homosexual kisses with Timothy Spall, this guy's been there. He's done it. He's suffered. And it's very funny. Simkins' story is a charming inspiration and a terrible warning to anyone who's ever thought about acting," raves the the glowing review on the BBC website.

Michael's biography was even read out on Radio 4, after being chosen as the Book of the Week.

Sadly it no longer seems possible to download the readings from the BBC website, but the entire book may be available for sale in audio format as well as traditional print.

If it's not, then let the BBC know you demand it! Michael will be only too glad you did ...

He also writes regular articles for The Guardian, which you can log onto using this incredibly useful link:


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The Scarlet Pimpernel (request) [29 May 2006|02:47pm]
Hi, it's my first entry of this community. I love all costume dramas, probably as many of you, and that's why i wanted to make a request, if it's possible. I'm looking for good screencaps of "The Scarlet Pimpernel". I don't know where i can find them, and i thought that this is the right place to ask (or try to).
I'm interested of all episodes and scenes, especially the ones with Percy, Marguerite and (of course) Roberspierre (plus, it would be great if anyone could make a cap of Percy's house. I love it!!). Any help is very appreciated. Thank you in advance and, if it's the wrong place, sorry for that but i'm really desperate. :)
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[14 May 2006|10:37pm]

New layout!

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
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Shadow of the Vampire [29 Apr 2006|07:00pm]

I became interested in Ronan a few weeks ago after I saw Tristan and Isolde, I had remembered seeing him in Tomb Raider 2 and I am interested in buying some of his movies. I am thinking of buying Shadow of the Vampire, could you please let me know if Ronan has a small part or is he in it a fair bit.

I bought Tale of the Mummy a few days ago, mainly because I also like Gerard Butler but they are both in it only for a few minutes. Can't wait to see Beowulf and Grendel. I live in Australia so it will be quite a while before I see it.
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Scoop! [28 Apr 2006|06:57pm]

[ mood | excited ]

I know what Ronan will be doing next month.

However, I can't tell you now because I'm due to get chucked off the computer very shortly.

Watch this space ...

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People always ask me ... [26 Apr 2006|11:32am]

[ mood | fascinated ]

How do you learn your lines?

Ronan Vibert, actor

It's down to reading them, and rereading them, and rereading them, and trying to work out what they mean and what your character is thinking so that you can connect with them, because that helps. They eventually sit in your brain.

When you act on stage you may have to speak many, many lines for two hours. When you're filming you've maybe got one scene a day and you just have to retain that in your brain.

Some actors record lines and listen to them when they're asleep. Actors in soap operas tell me that their ability to learn quickly improves because of the amount of lines they have to learn every day.

I don't think there's any magic technique. But if you’ve got lots of action to perform, your physical movements prompt your memory, and that’s a big help. Some playwrights, such as Mamet and Pinter, are very particular about the pauses and the words being in exactly the right place.

In film there’s more improvisation and I notice that the writer can be quite low down in the pecking order. The director sometimes doesn’t mind if you say more or less what’s written, as long as it feels natural to you.

Film is all about capturing that sudden moment, that spark, so doing something the other actor isn’t expecting can help. In the film Tristan and Isolde I play a character called Bodkin. I do a lot of skulking around as the bad guy and I plot, scheme and do dastardly deeds with long hair extensions and a cape and sword.

I did a play that started with a monologue five pages long, and with a list of roads in South Africa. It took me weeks to learn; you just have to go over it again and again. You don’t have a life basically.

I’d be very surprised if any actor hadn’t had a frozen, don’t-know-what-to-say-next moment on stage. You think you’re there for five minutes but when you ask a member of the audience if they noticed they always say: “No!”. It’s probably only half a second, but to you it feels like forever.

Interview by Melissa Viney

Published in The Guardian Work supplement, Saturday 22 April 2006

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Job hunting CAN be fun! [26 Apr 2006|11:27am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Flicking through last Saturday's edition of The Guardian yesterday when I was looking for jobs to apply for, imagine my amazement when I came across an interview with Ronan.

The 'People always ask me' feature is designed to give readers an insight into what it might be like to have different careers.

I imagine the journalist concerned probably did a telephone interview with Ronan, either recording his words on tape or jotting down what he said in shorthand.

She will no doubt hold the NCTJ Teeline shorthand certificate to prove that she can write it at 100wpm with 98% accuracy.

Of course the interview has been edited to create the impression that Ronan gave an extensive account of what it is like to learn his lines. In reality, the journalist will have asked him questions about every paragraph or so.

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Great night out in Cardiff 2 [07 Mar 2006|10:30am]

[ mood | amused ]

Only now does the truth emerge ...

Back on the urban75 board, the members have been enjoying themselves immensely discussing a former Cardiff club called Grassroots.

1927 says: "I also remember an edition of Something Else,a BBC2 regional yoof programme came from Grass Roots one week and was inroduced by a local skinhead who I went to school with think his name was Michael or Steve Jones! Wonder what happened to him often!"

"Your memory is playing you up 1927, that edition of the programme featured grass roots as it was, but the section about it during the prog was narrated by me :p" replies our old mate (and Ronan's) s14n.

"Was the same episode that had a section about ganja done by two dreads called collie and Keith, and that had The Damned as guest band...can't remember the name of the local band featured, but they had a song called Wurlitzer Jukebox that they played. :)

"Unless of course they did an entire episode in the place that I missed, which is unlikely seeing that it was a different town or city each episode ;)

"RB, can't say for sure of course, but that arsonist skinhead girl sounds very much like it could have been a girl called Jen who was often in there at the time. :)"

A little later, another contributor called RubberBuccaneer (great name! Wonder where that came from?) points out:

"Wurlitzer jukebox is YMG, The Damned stage was overun by the audience ( I was discussing this the other day with someone who was there).

"Did Jen become a pyschobilly?"

"Yes indeedy, she surely did from what I remember (didn't know her that well personally)" s14n confirms.

"Right, YMG are the band who supported the Damned on that episode then, I knew the name was familiar but I wasn't a fan so didn't link the two. :)

"Ask the mate you were discussing it with about the guy who got into a drum challenge with Rat Scabies before they recorded their bit, he was a gingerish skinhead (very close cropped at any rate) iirc, can't remember his name, but it was bloody brilliant and the audience went nuts :D

"It was a lot of fun being involved in that program, a guy from penarth, Ronan Vibert was involved too, and later went on to be quite a successful actor. :)"

Don't you wish you'd been there?

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Remember ... [22 Feb 2006|01:56pm]

[ mood | grumpy ]

... it's Ronan's birthday tomorrow. 

What are you going to give him?

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10 Ronan Vibert Icons [04 Dec 2005|05:36pm]

10 Ronan Vibert Icons

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(He's my boyfriend, but He don't know it ;p)
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[04 Dec 2005|01:30am]

Hello all, I've aquired the episodes of 'Hex' that Ronan guest stars in and I'd be more than happy to upload it for those who are unable to see it/download it at this torrent site. His scenes are very short, so just let me know if you'd like the full episode, or since it's Ronan, you'd like me to cut it up and just post his scenes.

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The great debate [14 Nov 2005|06:51pm]

[ mood | exhausted ]

Does this esteemed gentleman  here:

really resemble the lovely Ronan?

Some people say that he does, but I'm afraid I don't agree.

After watching 'Thumbsucker' at the cinema with Jane last week, I have reached the inevitable conclusion that when you look deep into Keanu's eyes, there never seems to be anyone home.

What do you think?

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License to kill [20 Oct 2005|10:42am]

[ mood | upset ]

Orlando Bloom? Ha Ha. Teen Bond.
by kabong 2004-07-28 22:34:25
Why don't they use Frankie Moniz? Pathetic. Teen this and teen that. The Predators in AVP are teens too, I've heard. Bond should be played by someone like Dalton, Timothy Dalton. Someone who looks like he should be licensed to kill. Just for fun, I'll suggest . . . Ronan Vibert.

Here's the link to the original website discussion board, should you want it:


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