If you ever thought that being an actor was glamorous or that writing television reviews was fun, then this book will set you straight. In 2000, actor Simon Hughes embarked on a national tour of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Bell Shakespeare Company while Simon Hughes (the TV critic) kept up his regular column. This is the story of that journey. Inner travelogue meets outer monologue as Simon's two professions collide on the road in an expose of high art from under a low brow. With a Shakespeare-meets-Big Brother plot and a cast of fascinating and horrifying characters, this drama is all the more scary because none of it is made up. The book is a reality tale of an actor's life.
Simon Hughes used to be so many people it's hard to know who he really is. He has appeared in many Australian dramas over the years including 'Comedy Company', 'Neighbours' and 'Blue Heelers'. He has done eleven seasons of outdoor Shakespearean dramas in Melbourne's Botanic Gardens. He's been an English teacher, a book reviewer, a playwright and a home renovator. He also used to be the television critic for The Age.