by George Bernard Shaw
The Tenth Vancouver Festival, Queen Elizabeth Playhouse, 12 July 1967
Also at the Mermaid Theatre, 14 September
1966, with a different cast,
including Ian McKellen
See also stage history and extract
from Shaw's Preface to the play
The scene: At the door of an Irish Country House in a park
The time: The summer of 1915
|Private Dennis O'Flaherty
||Alexander Victor Henry
Born Leeds. Emigrated to Canada at the age of fifteen and spent some
time in Toronto. There and on his return to England he had an assortment
of jobs — ladies' dress salesman, working in a foundry making segs (metal
shoe tips) -before being spotted by Clifford Turner at the Ilkley Poetry
Reading Festival who suggested a course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic
Art. There he won a fencing prize and the Jenny Laird prize for the best
performance in an unrewarding part. Repertory in Coventry, Farnham and Leicester
followed. Whilst at Leicester playing the groom in Shakespeare's Richard
II he was spotted for TV and played the lead in the series "Diary of A Young
Man". He has played in Strindberg's "Easter" at the Everyman Theatre, Hampstead
and Tom in the revival of "The Knack" at the Royal Court Theatre. He has
also been to New York with "Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the
Eunuchs". A film with Boris Karloff, "The Sorcerers", followed and he looks
forward eagerly to making the film of "When Did You Last See My Mother?",
the play that started with him in the lead as a Sunday show at the Royal
Court and then transferred to the Comedy when he returns to England.
|General Sir Pearce Madigan
Born Manchester. Made his first stage appearance in Montreal as an amateur.
Turning professional, he toured Ireland for four years with Anew McMaster's
Shakespearean Repertoire. A season at the King's Theatre, Hammersmith, followed.
This was John's first introduction to Shaw, in "Arms and the Man". Becoming
a director he spent some years at the Oxford Playhouse before his first
West End direction — Ludovic Kennedy's "Murder Story" at the Cambridge Theatre.
Seasons in South Africa at Cape Town and Johannesburg followed.
On TV he has appeared in "Cluff" and "Doctor Finlay's Casebook".
West End appearances include Bill Naughton's "All in Good Time" at the
Phoenix, "Hostile Witness" at the Haymarket and the famous Alec Guinness/Simone
Signoret "Macbeth" at the Royal Court in which he played Duncan.
Marie Kean, the distinguished Irish actress, was born in Dublin, and
was a student at Dublin's Gaiety School of Acting. In 1947, she joined the
Radio Eireann repertory company and in 1949 she went to the famed Abbey
Theatre where she stayed for twelve years playing many of the greatest women's
roles in the Irish repertoire.
In 1955, she was cast as Mrs. Kennedy in a radio serial "The Kennedy's
of Castlerosse". 'Twelve years later, the serial is still running and Mrs.
Kennedy is a national identity throughout the length and breadth of Ireland.
Miss Kean has enjoyed several other great critical triumphs on the London
stage. In the controversial "Baal" she appeared with her close friend, Peter
O'Toole — an association which was repeated in the revival of "Juno and
the Paycock" Her most recent film part has been as the Princess Dashkoff
with O'Toole in "Great Catherine".
Though daughter of the famous Irish playwright she was in fact born and
brought up in Torquay, Devon and has yet to play her parents' native Dublin.
After training under John Blatchley at the London Drama Centre she went
into Repertory at Torbay. TV was soon to followsuch series as "Knock On
Any Door" and "Man in A Suitcase".
At the Royal Court she has played in 'My Provincial Life" and "Shadow
of A Gunman". She is now repeating her Mermaid Theatre performance of Tessie.
Her hobbies are gardening and "anything creative".
Born Cardiff, Wales. Starting as an actor he played in the West End in
"The Long, The Short and The Tall" and for the Royal Shakespeare Company
as Sylvius in "As You Like It" He also appeared in the film "Zulu".
Turning to direction his career has been closely linked with the Royal
Court Theatre where he directed Sheila Hancock in Ottway's "Soldier's Fortune",
two D. H. Lawrence plays "A Collier's Friday Night" an "The Daughter-in-Law"
and Joe Orton's 'Crimes of Passion". He also directed his own adaptation
of Checkov's "My Provincial Life". He is now repeating his production of
"O'Flaherty V.C." which he directed at the Mermaid. On returning to England
his immediate plans are to direct a new Bill Naughton play "June Evening"
and a D. H. Lawrence trilogy.
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