The phrase “Life is not a dress rehearsal” was coined by English novelist Rose Tremain. I’ve never read a Tremain, nor was I aware of her existence until the internet told me she was the author of that popular and somewhat cliched quote, along with a number of novels that are obviously of sufficient substance and import to have earned her the title of Commander of the British Empire.

Armed with the knowledge imparted by the incomparable Ms Tremain (CBE), I decided to add forty acts to the very questionable piece of experimental theatre that is (my) life.

I first started work on this list in 2011, but life got in the way and it wasn’t until 2012 that I resolved to complete the list and make a promise to myself that life would never get in the way again. Whilst this was originally a private list of goals, I now feel it should published for posterity… mainly so someone can hold me to it.

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