Next week. the sparkling but ruthless Bliss family of Noel Coward's Hay Fever will again be invitinga hapless gathering of guests to their home. this time in Glasgow. with Dora Bryan as the witheringly witty matriarch Judith. A veteran ofthe British stage with 5-1 years' experience and a number
of impressive awards to her credit (including the British Academy Award for the film ofA Taste Of Honey). she has appeared in several ofCoward's masterly vivisections of the leisured classes. and speaksof him with something approaching
‘The dialogue is so clever. I mean when you think that he was only 26 when he wrote it — howdid he have the wisdom to write these lines'.’ You
know. this is what 1 would say— a woman in her sixties - probably not in such a witty way. but I do find it very easy to identify with.’
The barbed. camp epigrams ofCoward‘s style may. however. make special demands on the performer. ‘There is.‘ agrees Bryan. ‘a definite style to it. but I don't work very hard at it; it just seems to envelop me. I've never really been one for studying or research — it's instinct that takes over.‘
Bryan's instinct has certainly served her well. though she is often frustrated by the limitations imposed by her ‘name above the title‘ status. ‘l‘m hoping that now I‘ve got well into my sixties.’ she says. ‘l'll get the sort of parts that I want to play. I want todo character parts and I'd
like to do some television ~ unfortunately unless you're on television they think you've retired. or you‘re dead or something.‘
ller role in the new film
had a family and done amateur theatricals.‘ (Andrew Burnet)
Hay Fever is at the King's Theatre. Glasgow, Mon 25—Sat30. 7.30pm and Sat 303pm. f 4.504 7.
Loophole Cinema are a co-operative of five film makers who have evolved a creative process which aims to make the best use of the skills and materials available to them. Hence the principle ofusing several projectors to screen separate.
3 simultaneousimages. Usingfilmloops.a ' numberofrepeating
images play off against
each other under different
time sequences. No one has overall
directorialcontrol. ‘Differentideascomein ‘ from each person. lt's
.‘i/Hll’llllt’llf Zero (filmed in
Argentina. which she found ‘a bit sinister')wi|l
bringhera wideraudience _
too. but does she ever consider life without an audience‘.’ ‘1 was either an actress or nothing I think.‘ she says. ‘looking back. ()r I may have just got married. settled down.
supposed to be open ended.‘ says Greg Pope of
Loophole. The piece was based on ideas around the theme of borders. divisions and containment. which then changed during the process offilming.
The nature ofthe multi-image medium encourages audience participation. ‘You look at one screen. something diverts your eye. so you look at another screen. In effect you‘re live editing.‘ Loophole prefer to see the event as a performance rather than simply a screening. ‘()ften you‘ll get people walking around. stepping in front ofthe projectors so that their shadows will be cast onto the film. People start playing with the shadows and so become part ofthe performance. Sometimes it works that everyone is participating— that‘s when it rcaly kicks off.‘ (Jo Roe) Loophole ( 'inema is a! the Third Eye Centre.
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I Upwardly Mobile Farmer Stand-up comedian. Bruce Morton. has severed his relations with comedy collective. The Funny Farm. and is currently developing both his live and TV career— expect appearances on Halfway To Paradise and Signals in the near future. Is it more than coincidence. we wonder. that co-ordinator. Sally Broughton. has also left the Farm and will now be concentrating on publicising The Comic Club and The Citizens
DramaDrama and theatre workshops for unemployed people begin again on 25 Sept at Springwell llousc. Ardmillan Terrace.
every Monday and Thursday. 1.30—4pm. Sessions are free. new members are very welcome and training will be given in all aspectsof the theatre. They are particularly keen to hear from people interested in scenery painting or costume.
I RSC Proms Night lfyour pocket won't stretch to the top prices for the RSC's Midsummer Night '3
I Dream. then turn up first
Edinburgh. and take place
thing on the morning of Thurle Sept atthe King‘s Theatre. Edinburgh when 1000f the best seats for that evening‘s performance will be on sale at just £5. The fist at the box office are also in with a chance of picking up a signed RSC poster.
I Audio Cassette Initiative The new season at
: Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum heralds the
introduction of a service for blind and partially
" sighted theatre-goers. As
well as spending your 75p on a conventional programme. you now have the option of spending the same amount on hiring an audio cassette giving details about the production. the actors performing. special offers and forthcoming events.
I Playwrights Workshop The Brunton Theatre. Musselburgh. is marking its tenth anniversary season by the introduction of a playwrights‘ workshop. Supervised by Victor Greene. it will cost just £1 and the first meeting is on Saturday 16 September. 2—5pm.
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