I am currently searching for a young actor aged 17-18 to play the part of a swain for a film of Oscar Wilde’s poem.
The film will be a voice-over with Miss G and her swain telling the story of young lovers through movement.
I accidentally met members of Morecambe Ramblers yesterday and left details to see if anyone can make suggestions for location shoots around Silverdale, one of Lancashire’s beauty spots and a tourist and walkers’ hotspot.
The shooting will be the end of August and the first few days in September now.
The situation now is that Poet is awaiting news from a youth group.
Thanks to photographers from Pexels for some of the shots for my slideshow.
Sophie Neville the President of TARS with her amazing books!
TARS President with a customer.
It was wonderful to meet TARS members and some of the team who worked on the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons on Saturday, 28th July at The Alhambra Cinema Keswick.
The Arthur Ransome Society President Sophie Neville gave a charming talk before the film, which added a little extra magic to the event.
She played the part of tomboy Titty Walker, displaying a lovely combination of vulnerability, exuberance and imagination that were entirely natural.
All the cast were magnificent.
It was especially lovely to see the amazing Zannah Hamilton when she was in the first blush of youth as a resilient and capable Susan Walker.
The late Claude Whatham who directed the movie showed exceptional mastery in the way he drew out comedy from this gentle period piece based on Arthur Ransome’s most famous novel.
His work was thoroughly complimented by orchestral music which matched the mood and followed every beat of a superb screenplay.
Afterwards the President of the Society signed her books for Arthur Ransome fans who attended the screening. These included delighted children who had thoroughly enjoyed themselves on an uncompromisingly rainy afternoon!
One of her books is The Secrets of Filming Swallows and Amazons. The Kindle version is extremely engaging with its video trailer of this work containing behind the scenes footage that happened as the film was in production.
Arthur Ransome was admirable for the way in which he championed minority groups.
He befriended the Gypsies of Millom, taking the trouble to learn their language and gain a proper understanding of them.
As Holocaust Memorial Day for Roma on August 2nd approaches when there will be a memorial service in Hyde Park in London it is important for us to follow Ransome’s example and respect our Gypsy and Traveller community.
Venue: Club for Acts and Actors, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London
Writer/Director: Neil Titley
Production and Publicity: Vanessa Heron
It was the perfect way to spend Bank Holiday.
Thanks to being a member of The Oscar Wilde Society I had the pleasure of attending this sparkling evening of entertainment full of wit and laughter along with my friend Mrs Jenia Greenwood, also an actor.
A vibrant cast provided delightful portraits of those who had known Oscar Wilde during his life.
Mr Darcy Sullivan played the painter James Whistler, Mr Robert Duncan the actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Mr Bill Bingham Oscar Wilde, Mr Paddy O’Keefe George Bernard Shaw and Mr Titley the waiter as Mr Martin Nichols was ill.
It was lovely meeting members of The Oscar Wilde Society and members of the cast afterwards in the bar upstairs.
For more about The Oscar Wilde Society see http://oscarwildesociety.co.uk/.
There is something of a Wilde revival in London at the present time, which immediately conjures up the image of witty plays with wealthy characters in who offer much-needed laughter to an audience in these troubled times.
Wilde afficionados in England’s capital are sure to be fulfilled this chilly March.
This current production of Wilde’s sparkling comedy by the company Classic Spring is at the Vaudeville Theatre in London and playing to brilliant reviews with the superb Jennifer Saunders and Samantha Spiro in the lead female roles.
It was Wilde’s first great success when he began to taste the nectar of fortune in addition to fame.
Wilde found it difficult to get into this play the reason for which can be found in Arthur Ransome’s Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study.
It is a work well worth chasing up at your library as it shows superb insight that matches Richard Ellmann’s masterpiece which came out in 1987.
Ransome and Wilde offered a bridge to other forms of art in their writing. Both were fine artists in the sense of an ability to draw.
In fact Wilde thought of being an artist before deciding to be a writer.
His drawing of his youthful first love Florence Balcombe is beautiful.
Ransome also contributed illustrations for his books.
Yet music is an important part of their work. The old folk favourite such as the well-known Blow the Man Down finds its way into Swallows and Amazons. This piece is sure to be found in a book of folk songs with simple arrangements and is excellent for beginner accompanists. The family can help young or amateur pianists by singing after practise!
Signals, TARS magazine reports that Arthur Ransome Society events are rich with song at family friendly gatherings, a great way to improve community spirit and bring everyone together!
Chopin was the musician of significance who made his way into Wilde’s work. He is mentioned in Intentions, (also the title of the Oscar Wilde Society publication for memebers!) where the character Gilbert passes comment on this piano mastro’s majestic works. Chopin also makes an impression on the character Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Did you know Wilde’s brother was a very good amateur pianist with a particular love of Chopin?
I could add a page about music and include reviews about music or musicians relating to both artists.
Would readers like this?
I shall be reviewing Julian Lovelock’s Swallows, Amazons and Coots for my next post. His introduction is intriguing.