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Brief Lives


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by PATRICK GARLAND adapted from the outrageous memoirs of the seventeenth-century gossip John Aubrey
with Music played and sung by Terry Gould
Designer Julia Trevelyan Oman
A BBC-tv Talent Associates production

"A moving, funny, and wholly delightful re-creation in which the character of the garrulous old man manages to transcend 400 years of history"
"Amusing, touching, convincingly real, and quite unforgettable"
"I don't think I took my eyes off the screen for the whole 85 minutes"
These are some of the things that were said after the first showing of Brief Lives. Roy Dotrice, who plays John Aubrey, is the only actor, and throughout the performance he never leaves the set.


Unknown: Patrick Garland
Unknown: John Aubrey
Sung By: Terry Gould
Designer: Julia Trevelyan Oman
Directed By: Patrick Garland
Unknown: Roy Dotrice
Unknown: John Aubrey
as John Aubrey: Roy Dotrice

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