Dropping names

What the Stagehand Saw

Will Eden ever finish writing his stagehand stories? This is a question he frequently asks himself – and a question kind friends sometimes ask too. If the questions stopped and the writing resumed there may eventually be something worth publishing. There are certainly a lot of names to be dropped. Readers, if there ever are any, may be intrigued to discover how Eden was handpicked by Harold Pinter to operate a lift door made of steel. Or perhaps revel in the night of Noel Coward’s 70th birthday celebration at the Phoenix Theatre, during which he helped out after Sir John Gielgud forgot his lines. There are backstage anecdotes featuring a galaxy of stars, from the Carry On team to Dame Judi Dench. It’s a good read. Or it will be. Honestly.