by Reginald Berkeley.
[Starring] William Devlin as Clemenceau
The Scenes introduced by Ronald Adam.
Ronald Adam's Embassy Theatre Production
A Prison Cell, 1871.
An Election Committee Room at Draguignan, 1893.
The Prime Minister's Room in the Senate, November, 1917.
The Same, 1919.
Twenty-five-year-old William Devlin played this part at the Embassy Theatre in September. "The Tiger" is a difficult role, for the action of the play starts with Clemenceau as a young man of thirty and finishes in 1919, when the 'strong man' of France was nearly eighty. This ageing process was magnificently conveyed. Devlin made his first appearance on the professional stage at the Vaudeville Theatre in Robert Speaight's part as a refugee in "Nurse Cavell". Since then he has made a big reputation, particularly in Shakespearean parts.
Reginald Berkeley, who wrote the play, will be remembered by listeners as the author of "The White Chateau" and "The Lady With a Lamp", a radio version of which was broadcast last month.
Joan Miller, who plays the part of Louise Michel, is the Switchboard Girl of "Picture Page".
American Liaison Officer:
Secretary to Clemenceau:
A demonstration by Peter Bax of the methods used by designers of stage scenery.
Much careful preparation is necessary before a scene can be shown on the stage. It is essential for all practical details, such as doors, steps, windows, etc., to be of a size that will not only look well but will also be convenient for the actors. In order to make sure that these conditions are satisfied it is usual to make a scale model of the scene.
To save time, Peter Bax - he is a television stage manager, by the way- uses a small-scale stage which can be quickly adjusted to suit the dimensions of any theatre. On the floor of this stage he works with small blocks of wood, cardboard, and paper until the practical details are settled. Then he paints and lights the model so that the carpenter and scenic artist know exactly how to make the finished scene.
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