Chase Me, Comrade!

A Farce

Author: Ray Cooney

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 9780900354090

Category: Ballet dancers

Page: 95

View: 9636


The Theatre Guide

A Comprehensive A-Z of the World's Best Plays and Playwrights

Author: Trevor R. Griffiths

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408103133

Category: Reference

Page: 448

View: 2684


With over 500 entries on the most important plays and playwrights performed today, The Theatre Guide provides an authoritative A - Z of the contemporary theatre scene. From Aristophanes to Mark Ravenhill, The Alchemist to The Talking Cure, the Guide is both biographically detailed and critically current, while an extensive cross-referencing system allows for wider perspectives and new discoveries. Stimulating, observant and informative, The Theatre Guide is an essential companion and reference tool for anyone with an active interest in drama.

David Jason: My Life

Author: David Jason

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448164206

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 1941


The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors, and the star of Only Fools and Horses. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker. Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours. It wasn’t until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation’s hearts: the beloved Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses. Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV’s favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children’s show Danger Mouse. But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad’s Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way. David’s is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty.

Modern British Farce

A Selective Study of British Farce from Pinero to the Present Day

Author: Leslie Smith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349097594

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

View: 2842


A study of the popular modern dramatists and the continuity of the farce tradition from Pinero to Travers, the Whitehall team and Orton which examines and questions some of the common assumptions about its nature. Farce techniques are shown to be increasingly used in serious drama.

The Real Nureyev

An Intimate Memoir of Ballet's Greatest Hero

Author: Carolyn Soutar

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312340971

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 5842


A backstage memoir takes an intimate look at the complicated life, endless search for perfection, and outrageous experiences of one of ballet's greatest icons and heroes.

Classrooms in the Shade

Author: Shanthee Manjoo

Publisher: Real African Publishers

ISBN: 0987034820

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 1236


From the opening Sanskrit mantra to the final act of voting in South Africa's first democratic elections, this lyrical memoir provides a unique perspective on South Africa's modern history. The account shows how a young Hindu woman of Indian ancestry, living in South Africa in the 1940s, defied convention, married a Muslim man, and became an activist at time when Muslim women were seldom seen in such a role. As a teacher, she spoke up during the political strife of that highly segregated era, which included the relocation of Indians and angry student boycotts, and here shares her philosophies and insights into education. Filled with characters from both a personal and national context, the memoir captures the nuances of an important time and place.

May the Farce Be With You

Author: Roger Foss

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849436029

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 7568


It seems a long way from Molière to Ray Cooney.There are immense distances between the worlds ofAristophanes, Plautus, Georges Feydeau, Ben Travers,Joe Orton and Basil Fawlty. But as one of the oldestgenres in the history of the theatre, farce bridges thegaps by generating gales of helpless belly laughteracross the generations. Inspired by John Mortimer’s observation that farce is‘tragedy played at a thousand revolutions a minute’,Roger Foss embarks on a lightning tour of therib-tickling world of confused characters, absurdsituations, ruined reputations, sexual innuendo andbravura comic acting and finds out if farce really is aforce to be reckoned with in the 21st century.The great creators and performers of farce arecelebrated, most notably master farceur Ray Cooney,who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2012, in essaysthat will inform and entertain both the aficionadoand anyone with a sense of humour.