Adapted for stage by Constance Cox from Wilde’s 1890’s short story, Lord Arthur, a well-intentioned but slightly dim-witted member of the English peerage, is told by a mysterious palm-reader that he is destined to commit a murder. Peter Calver as Lord Arthur dominated the stage throughout, his upper class “twerp” accent and general soppiness entirely suitable. ‘Your one mistake, Lady Windermere,’ said Mr. Podgers, with a pompous bow. Sound, under John Chinnock and lighting Richard Grogan were skillfully handled adding to the impressive effect. Unusually for a review, I would give a special mention to Mike Sutton, set designer and build manager. Was left a fortune when about thirty.
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‘And now he has twelve houses, and not a single castle,’ cried Lady Windermere. The plot is an unlikely, even absurd one revolving around the proposed murder by Lord Arthur Savile of a relative, any relative, before his own marriage to Sybil Merton takes place. When the curtains opened there was an audible gasp and a round of applause from the impressed audience. ‘Comfort,’ said Mr. Podgers, ‘and modern improvements, and hot water laid on in every bedroom. The set was the drawing room of Lord Arthur’s Grosvenor Square house and sumptuously furnished in true Victorian style. Obsessed with the news, Lord Savile becomes concerned that he might murder his beloved fiancée, Sybil Merton.
Her acting and accent were delightful. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime was first read at Theatre 62 in Adelaide, Australia in 1975. All in all, a most enjoyable evening put on by a highly organised, efficient and multi-talented company. Robbie Burns: The Farmer Poet and The Young Lord Byron were produced at the Scottish Festival at the Opera House, Omaru in New Zealand. I particularly enjoyed Joanna Silcox as the battleaxe Lady Julia Merton, mother of Sybil. ‘Your second wife’s,’ said Mr. Podgers quietly, still keeping Sir Thomas’s hand in his. ‘Now, do be indiscreet, Mr. Podgers,’ cried Lady Windermere. Other plays include Hello, Last Page of My Life, Magdalena Amati, Somehow the Times Passes, and Internet Baby (all seen in readings at La Mama), The Children, The Professor (reading at Rippon Lea), Erotica in Black and White (reading Adelaide, Theatre 62, short version performed in Adelaide at Lion Theatre), and Mrs. Bloem. It is also the basis of one of the three stories in Julien Duvivier's Flesh and Fantasy (1943) and became a BBC Radio 4 drama, starring Rupert Penry-Jones, in 2006. Lord Arthur – Peter CalverBaines – Phil FrySybil Merton – Grace FairbairnDean of Paddington – Anthony GoddardLady Clementina – June BrownLady Windermere – Catherine WyncollLady Julia Merton – Joanna SilcoxPodgers – Andrew ClaringbullNellie – Sophie MacTavishHerr Winkelkopf – Bob Wilson. The important character of Arthur’s uncle, the Dean of Paddington (due to perform the marriage) was brought to life by Anthony Goddard with much gravitas.
He finds a solution: Kill someone else instead. This is certainly the best set I have seen this year. Under June Brown and Pattie Thomas-Verweij costumes were most realistic and extremely well fitted. This play is an adaptation by Constance Cox of an Oscar Wilde short story. ‘But you must read some more hands for us. Very reserved, very honest, and with a great love of animals.’, ‘Quite true!’ exclaimed the Duchess, turning to Lady Windermere, ‘absolutely true! ‘An adventurous nature; four long voyages in the past, and one to come. English) and worked as a journalist and university teacher before she became a playwright. ‘Now, do be indiscreet, Mr. Podgers,’ cried Lady Windermere. ‘Ah, a pianist! "Frasier-esque repartee abounds", reported Radio Times of the latter, "with a soupçon of Carry On… Of the starry cast, which includes Phyllida Law, most notable is David Bradley, playing Savile's butler as Norman Fletcher from Porridge." ‘Economy is not the least of your Grace’s virtues,’ continued Mr. Podgers, and Lady Windermere went off into fits of laughter. Lord Arthur Savile is engaged to the lovely Sybil Merton. These two characters were the largest parts and underpinned this highly infectiously amusing play. She wrote and adapted numerous plays for Performing Arts Productions, including Lady Chatterley’s Lover (seven seasons nationally in Australia), Women in Love (Rippon Lea), Loving Friends (two seasons at Rippon Lea), An Indian Summer (Rippon Lea), Little Lord Fauntleroy (Rippon Lea), The Secret Garden (seven seasons including Adelaide), Anne of Green Gables (two seasons in Perth and Melbourne), and The Lost (two seasons in Melbourne at the Old Treasury Building). ‘If a woman can’t make her mistakes charming, she is only a female,’ was the answer. Autoplay When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next. ‘Nothing would give me greater pleasure,’ said Mr. Podgers, bowing, ‘if the Duchess ever had been, but I am sorry to say that I see great permanence of affection, combined with a strong sense of duty.’. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Julia Britton. Come, Sir Thomas, show Mr. Podgers yours’; and a genial-looking old gentleman, in a white waistcoat, came forward, and held out a thick rugged hand, with a very long third finger. Stephanie Hornett Johnson achieved similar results with hair, wigs and make-up. by Oscar Wilde. ‘Economy is a very good thing,’ remarked the Duchess complacently; ‘when I married Paisley he had eleven castles, and not a single house fit to live in.’. Her play Miles Franklin and the Rainbow’s End was chosen for performance at the San Antonio Festival, Texas, produced by The Stage Company of South Australia, and later performed at the Festival Centre, Adelaide. Ambition - very moderate, line of intellect not exaggerated, line of heart - ’. Grace Fairbairn as Sybil was a typically pretty Wilde upper crust girl keen to hasten into marriage with Arthur, but frustrated by his insistence on murdering someone beforehand by whatever means! He desires a blissful married life so he resolves to get the murder over with first. The story was adapted for the stage twice. Up next Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (Graded reader level 3) - Oscar Wilde - Duration: 58:18. The plot is an unlikely, even absurd one revolving around the proposed murder by Lord Arthur Savile of a relative, any relative, before his own marriage to Sybil Merton takes place.
I shall be charmed’; but Lady Marvel, a melancholy-looking woman, with brown hair and sentimental eyelashes, entirely declined to have her past or her future exposed; and nothing that Lady Windermere could do would induce Monsieur de Koloff, the Russian Ambassador, even to take his gloves off. ‘You have told the Duchess’s character admirably, Mr. Podgers, and now you must tell Lady Flora’s’; and in answer to a nod from the smiling hostess, a tall girl, with sandy Scotch hair, and high shoulder-blades, stepped awkwardly from behind the sofa, and held out a long, bony hand with spatulate fingers. I see,’ said Mr. Podgers, ‘an excellent pianist, but perhaps hardly a musician. Ambition - very moderate, line of intellect not exaggerated, line of heart - ’. Awards and Nominations include the AWGIE Award (Monte Miller Award) for Exit and Entrances, directed John Edwards; Best Play Award, ABC Radio, Queensland; and a nomination for the Victorian Green Room Award for In Transit. Her music theatre includes Faith, Folk and Fun (at the National Gallery of Victoria) and The Music of Milhaud (two seasons at the University of Adelaide and the National University Canberra). Arthur’s aunt Lady Windermere and great-aunt Lady Clementina were impressively played by Catherine Wyncoll and June Brown respectively, oozing “upper crust” from every pore.
Six Cabinet Ministers had come on from the Speaker’s Levée in their stars and ribands, all the pretty women wore their smartest dresses, and at the end of the picture-gallery stood the Princess Sophia of … ‘Well, my dear,’ said the Duchess, ‘I like - ’. There were some longish waits between scenes while the actors changed costumes, but this did not detract from my enjoyment of a rattling and fast paced play.
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