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When we'd finally read the play, we'd understand what had been fuelling him all those months at a desk, chain-smoking Silk Cut.It's one of the great experiences of my life to be able to tap into all that fuel with this play.' A busy Islington rehearsal room is hardly the place to delve into the ins and outs of the Stoppard family story.'When we walked away after the first read-through meeting,' Ed - short for Edmund - recalls, 'I said to my dad: 'That was a bit odd, wasn't it? I didn't think so.' And I thought: 'Oh, I see, I'm not going to get any help or sympathy here! Can't you count on an indulgent eye, maybe even a shoulder to cry on?Stoppard shakes his head: If something isn't working, he will give a note, in a nice, generous way but he's not there to make me, or any of the other actors, feel good about ourselves.â The added pressure, he feels, is partly self-induced: 'It's no secret that I'm my dad's biggest fan.
Valentine, who's the house's modern-day heir, is a clever clogs scientist who ponders the precocious jottings of his ancestor, Thomasina, and expounds on the wonders of chaos theory, which she was groping her way towards.
The reality of the situation is that I'm a jobbing actor and any actor would give their eye-teeth to have one of those roles. I'm pleased the stars have aligned around Arcadia.' Just as Arcadia makes great fun of bogus biographical sleuthing, so I realise I'm loading a lot of assumptions onto thin ice in asking whether the erudite household in Arcadia mirrors that of the one he grew up in. That's one of the things that's so interesting for me.
His mother Miriam - Stoppard's second wife - is, of course, a well-known author and medical authority. The plays provide a window onto my dad's character.
Were one in the presence of the author, it would be essential to solicit his thoughts on the Enlightenment and Romanticism, the limits of Newtonian physics, fractal geometry, free will, Lord Byron and landscape gardening.
In the company of Stoppard fils, however, the unavoidable starting-point for discussion is what it feels like to be in the presence of the author, when the author is your dad.