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– The Entertainer –
Learn English – Lesson 30 – The Entertainer
Interviewer: Polly McKenzie, your play “Dreams of a Sailor” was a great success.
Polly: Thank you very much! I’m very happy with it. The cast and crew have been amazing and the director did a fantastic job.
Interviewer: Perhaps you could tell me a little about how you got into playwriting?
Polly: I simply had a desire to join a drama group. I asked my friend Karen if she wanted to join with me. She used to be a theatre actress. She didn’t want to, initially, but I guess she noticed that I really wanted to give it a go so she agreed!
Interviewer: Does Karen help you with your writing?
Polly: Oh no, that’s not her forte unfortunately! She once said that she couldn’t write a shopping list. She certainly helped me understand the characters which in turn helped me write strong three-dimensional characters for my plays.
Interviewer: How do you prepare to write a play?
Polly: My rule is: make space and make time. I make a list of all the things going on in my head. I try to find the source of these ideas and explore their roots.
Interviewer: What do you do to combat writer’s block?
Polly: Fortunately, I have found myself to be quite prolific. That’s not to say that writer’s block won’t sneak up on me at some point… I suppose always looking for new and fresh ideas will keep the mind limber!
Interviewer: Polly Mckenzie, it has been a pleasure talking to you. Any words of advice for our readers?
Polly: As I said before, make space, make time and always find the humour in everything. That way your mind is open and free to explore.
Facts: Sir Michael Parkinson, CBE ((in the UK) Commander of the Order of the British Empire) is an English broadcaster, journalist and author. He is best known for presenting his long-running television talk show, Parkinson.
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Uses of TO MAKE
Traditionally, to make is applied to things that are done with hands.
I made a paella.
We often see made in China or made in Spain. There are many expressions that use to make and does not correspond to the criteria of doing something with your hands.
To make a mistake.
Elaboration or manufacture (traditional definition of « made with hands »)
I’m making a salad.
Made in Taiwan.
Jeff makes coffee every morning.
I should make an appointment to see the dentist.
I need to make a phonecall this evening.
Who made this film?
Specific expressions with to make
Uses of TO DO
I do sport every morning.
What are you doing?
She didn’t close the window. I had to do it.
Ask about the profession
What do you do?
When I study English, I have to do a lot of homework.
Do me a favour, please!
I don’t like doing the washing up. It’s boring.
I’m nervous because I’m doing an exam tomorrow.
Specific expressions with To Do:
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