The Winslow BoyOld Vic
Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:17 PM
Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:28 PM
I think I may almost understand now. There was a legal document on vellum made from calfskin forehoof and it was attached to an iron safety curtain? Where did they stick the postal order?
Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:02 PM
Posted 28 March 2013 - 02:21 PM
Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:22 PM
Yep. It was either a projection as Alexandra has said or they had a special curtain printed for the show passed no doubt by the printers' solicitors ... - or maybe they did use a Pritt stick .... But yes, go see it, and find out for yourself ...
Anyway, all this discussion has sent me back to my blog and I have slightly amended it to add more of the history and clarify so the rigorous cross examination by you all has had a result .... for good or ill ...
I'm afraid I didn't get close enough to stroke it and find out what it was made of ... I guess in reality the Archer-Shee's must have had many suggestions as to where to stick the postal order but - it was never shown, only mentioned and the signature discussed which revealed more shenanigans within the College.
Talking of calfskin though made a link in my mind to last year when the Law Commission called for hundreds of "dead laws" to be repealed including one from the 1300s as to how animals could be seized to pay the King's debts ... http://www.independe...ed-7618201.html
MInd you, this is probably what put the final nail in the coffin for self determination for the independent state of Pimlico
Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:42 PM
I have to say I'm loving the Rattigan revival - so many good plays. The only one that didn't work for me was Cause Celebre and it certainly wasn't bad.
Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:44 AM
Posted 25 May 2013 - 10:49 PM
A very well written and constructed play based on a true case of course. Although I did feel a little lengthy and wordy in places and as all the action takes place off stage with the court case I found the devises of reading from the newspapers and people rushing in explaining what was happening "off" a little laboured.
Well acted though! I like Henry Goodman in this ( not usually a fan ) but I found his portrayal convincing as was his ageing as the case took it's toll on his health as well as his family finances.
Of course I always have quibbles. I found the set rather "contemporary" - I am sure it was very well researched as being Edwardian but it looked terribly "modern" to me. An elderly couple (50 was elderly back then) would not have gone out to buy the latest "look" and their home would have reflected an age 20/30 years previous I think.
The actor playing the "little boy" was far from little. I know 14 year old boys can be tall but for me it took away a lot of the pathos of the piece as he looked like a young man rather than a "boy", rather nullifying his being picked on by the Naval College etc.
I enjoyed this solid revival with the emphasis on "solid".
Posted 26 May 2013 - 09:53 AM
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