At eighteen, after moving to London with dreams of becoming an actress, an impressionable girl who paints freckles on her face begins work experience in a West End theatre company. In between mail-outs and making cups of coffee she meets the formidable producer Thelma Holt. Within a fortnight Thelma has stolen her and renamed her. From that moment she becomes Sweetpea. Existing somewhere between glamour and penury, Sweetpea finds herself surrounded by dynamic personalities and struggling to trust her own creative instincts. Over the years her apprenticeship takes in unusual demands, misbehaving actors, divinely inspired directors and a hot-air balloon ride with British theatre's finest.
by Robin Ince
by Robert Lyman
by Duncan Barrett, Multiple Authors, Nuala Calvi
by Harry Leslie Smith
by Edward Enfield
by Iain Maitland
by Michael Harding
by Ruth Goodman
by Sarah Gristwood
by Stephen Fry
by Damien Lewis
by George Hodgman
"The dazzling coming-of-age memoir of a young woman's apprenticeship to a maverick theatre producer, against the backdrop of London's West End in the 1980s and 1990s.
“A charming memoir about offstage theatrical shenanigans, Get Me the Urgent Biscuits is an elegy for a London that is wholly lost…” THE TIMES
“A superbly written and moving account of one woman's efforts to understand the world and her own place in it.” DAILY MAIL"
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