Old Rage: 'One of our best-loved actor's powerful riposte to a world driving her mad’ - DAILY MAIL
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Her analysis of the political environment in the UK as well as the rest of the world is thoughtful and passionate. I felt Old Rage was a gift from the universe, given its positivity, despite Hancock’s righteous rage about various aspects of life.
I would have preferred more about her as a person and her life and career, but maybe she’s done that in her previous books. I liked the diary style of the book and her feisty approach to the huge challenges of the pandemic for an older person with health issues living alone. Some topics I didn't know, like her late husband actor John Thaw, her daughters, her bolt-hole home in France, and many luvvie friends (her words) mentioned in lively anecdotes.It all kicks off with an insight into her recent film “Edie”, where an old lady, her husband having passed away recently, decided to go and climb Suilven. I was a little disappointed overall, but there were some interesting passages and it definitely gives you a feel for the changes in the industry and in the world. Hancock discovers many reasons for joy and optimism - and you're quite likely to find yourself nodding in agreement with her. It was so honest and to the point -Sheila just says things as they are and is not afraid to be opiniated and to share those views -and this was so refreshing and I really resonated with this! The last night of Sweeney Todd… [Hancock played Mrs Lovett in the original West End production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical in 1980] I’m ashamed I didn’t enjoy it: the audience going wild; me having to tell them to shut up, because I couldn’t hear the band, and I needed to make my pies in time to it.
Published before the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and crowning of King Charles III, I wondered if she will follow up on the future of British royal monarchs. It was the best thing for her that he left, because she went to university and became a very reputable scholar. so rapidly over the last few decade but Sheila’s “Old Rage” is a steadfastly honest piece of writing. John was abandoned by his mother, and it dominated his life to a certain extent, certainly his relationships.She is brave although fearful and sometimes tearful but still interested in people, hugely engaged with the world and keen to promote change. We all went through similar experiences but maybe too close to our own situations to recognize we weren't alone in our isolations. I find it interesting to see Hancock's point of view on a great many recent events from a perspective somewhere less Americentric.
Sheila Hancock, one of Britain's most highly regarded and popular actors, received a Damehood for services to drama and charity in 2021. During The Sweeney, John began to make a bit of money, and at that time we went to Rome, and we went to Gucci, and we bought this jacket for him. What I loved most of all though was the sense of a long life, the witness to events - a world war, and to stars of the stage from long ago…Kenneth More, Kenneth Williams, James Mason.View image in fullscreen Hancock in her Gucci leather jacket, once owned by her late husband John Thaw. View image in fullscreen Hancock with daughters (l-r) Melanie, Joanna and Abigail at the memorial service for John Thaw at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, 2002. In her latest book, the grand dame of British acting, Sheila Hancock, takes vicious yet educated swipes at Brexit, bereavement, British television and the state of the nation compared to her wartime childhood. I had assumed (and wondered if I was seeing it in myself) that as we get older we get less wound up by things.