Privates On Parade With SrbGrandage Season: Play 1
Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:20 PM
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:44 AM
I think Poppy would have been a far more interesting Peter Nichols revival than Privates on Parade (which Grandage revived a decade or so ago anyway).
Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:48 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:57 AM
Glad to see Poppy mentioned, as I'm sure I've said somewhere else here that I'd like to see it revived and that I'm puzzled by the fact that it appears to have been overlooked or rejected for so long. As it is years since I saw it, it may be that it contains material which would now be considered unsuitable or dubious in the same way that Privates On Parade does (I cannot remember in that much detail), but it would be interesting to know why it has languished for so long in obscurity. Poppy was (and remains) one of the few productions I saw twice, because after the first visit I raved so much about it that a friend said he would go if I would return as his guest. And it was very panto-like (was that deliberate, even?) so would be ideal for the time of year, if not in other respects.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 02:35 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 02:50 PM
I saw the original after it had transferred to the West End which indicates that audiences liked it. Alfred Marks was in the transfer and was excellent in the panto-format. It was very clever and subversive and featured audience participation and manipulation to rival Dame Edna inducing us to laugh at and "participate" in some terrible atrocities from the days of Empire.
The RSC had staged a straightforward panto a few seasons before - The Swan Down Gloves ?
Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:03 PM
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