in Film & TV
GUYS AND DOLLS
Bristol Old Vic
musical director Neil Rhoden :
directed by John David
A radio pantomime by John Morley with Alfred Marks, Polly James, Hugh Paddick, John Bott, Jenny Twigge, Michael McStay, and Fenella Fielding as the Genie of the Ring and a pantomime horse A magic lamp awaiting a quick rub down; an innocent young lad willing to do the same; a carpet (and a castle) flying […].../ ➝
My principle memory of this is the leap all Joseph’s brothers — of which I was one — had to make when we entered. It involved us running off a platform and jumping on to the theatre’s unsprung, concrete stage floor ten feet below. Our knees, ankles and backs increasingly suffered as a result of this […].../ ➝
Another verbatim-remiscence project from the Gateway Theatre, Chester, this time directed by David Thacker. It was about people’s memories of their experiences in the education system. Not a particularly happy project, this one. There was tension between David Thacker and the writer, Ron Rose, who didn’t see why edited research material needed to be the […].../ ➝
The principle joy of this production was the wonderful James Hayes in the title role. He has since written an entertaining memoir about his half-century as a working actor called Shouting in the Evenings: 50 Years on the Stage.
Doctor Faustus has some great speeches, but the comic scenes, which were the ones I was mostly involved with, can be hard work. I remember struggling with the material. I assume the audience must have struggled, too.
This was the first of three plays I did at Chester with David Thacker, Chris Honer’s associate director. After a fifteen year gap, we were to encounter each other again at the Royal Shakespeare Company.