Saint Joan And Anouilh's L'alouette
Posted 03 August 2007 - 09:45 AM
Saw SAINT JOAN at the NT yesterday - very impressive, even if a little rough at the edges. But what struck me even more than usual is what a mish-mash of a play it is and how superior, one every count, Jean Anouilh's L'Alouette (The Lark) is. A revival of this is long overdue. It would make an absolutely ideal play for Chichester - and the Olivier stage, though I doubt the NT would do two Joan plays in a row. Please someone, put on the Anouilh. It is a wonderful play.
Posted 03 August 2007 - 11:49 AM
Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:32 PM
Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:49 PM
First of all it is so much more theatrical and less verbose. It is not set in blocks of scenes, but is free flowing, moving naturally from one episode to the next. It also has a stunning coup de theatre at the end which I won't spoil for you! Then in Christopher Fry's translation it has a deeply moving poetic feel to it (talking of the faith which the educated were granted and 'Joan had no such help', Cauchon says of his own youth, 'we weren't able to understand it then; we had our eyes buried in our mother's skirts, like children grown old. And yet precisely in this loneliness, in the desert of a vanished God, in the privation and misery of the animal, the man is indeed graet who continues to lift his head. Greatly alone.') This profoundly moving scene with Warwick then moves into a finely realised comic scene with Joan and the Dauphin, who is a much more central character than in the Shaw. The play is just an absolute winner from beginning to end.
Posted 13 August 2007 - 06:34 PM
Marvellous performance from Ms Duff, well on her way to Best Olivier, definitely nominated.
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