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Ealswythe
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Post by Ealswythe » February 9th, 2018, 8:49 am

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George Burns and Gracie Allen were also mentioned....”

Todd, if Kitty won’t go for the George & Gracie shtick, there’s always Oliver and Lisa Douglas.

Lisa Douglas: When you married me you knew that I couldn't cook, I couldn't sew, and I couldn't keep house. All I could do was talk Hungarian and do imitations of Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Oliver Douglas: Who?
Or how about Robert Woolsey of the 1930s comedy movie team Wheeler and Woolsey?

Woolsey (to wealthy woman):
“Will you marry me, or should I go on working?”
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Post by SonOfTheExiles » February 14th, 2018, 2:18 am

Charley’s Aunt is in Gutenberg Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1300571.txt

This is the synopsis: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley%27s_Aunt

It seems to be the 19th Century equivalent of a Carry On Movie.
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Post by ToddHW » February 16th, 2018, 7:55 pm

Hamilton and Wappin Wharf: A frightful comedy of pirates are launched. See my signature line.

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Post by Elizabby » February 18th, 2018, 4:11 am

I'm thinking of BCing "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde. While we do already have this in the catalogue, it is only one version, and I think it could stand a second version. Most of the readers from that version are no longer around, so it would be practically a new cast - and it would be nice for the newer readers to have a chance to do Wilde.

As I don't edit though, I will need an editor to help me launch this one, even though we won't be ready for editing for a while yet. And if anyone knows the play well and has a burning desire for a particular role PM me - I will be looking to launch this play probably in March/April.

Text here for a quick refresher: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/885

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Post by ToddHW » February 23rd, 2018, 6:12 pm

SonOfTheExiles wrote:
February 14th, 2018, 2:18 am
Charley’s Aunt is in Gutenberg Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1300571.txt

This is the synopsis: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley%27s_Aunt

It seems to be the 19th Century equivalent of a Carry On Movie.
This is talked about in pages 1 and 2 of this forum - but no one could find a PD copy online then (2009). The copy you link to was made for Gutenberg Australia in 2013 so that fits - wasn't available then, is available now. I'll run it when my signature line gets a bit emptier....

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Post by RobMarland » March 8th, 2018, 12:11 pm

Hi all,

I just heard about a play called Votes for Women, originally staged in London in 1907 and currently being revived to coincide with the centenary of [some] women winning the vote in the UK.

I think this play is definitely worth adding to the catalogue. I would BC it myself, but I live in Switzerland so I can't because the author, Elizabeth Robins, died in 1952. No one in Blighty can do it either!

Anyone else fancy it?

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/43502
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Robins
http://www.newvictheatre.org.uk/productions/votes-for-women/
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Post by ZamesCurran » March 14th, 2018, 1:14 pm

Elizabby wrote:
February 18th, 2018, 4:11 am
As I don't edit though, I will need an editor to help me launch this one, even though we won't be ready for editing for a while yet. And if anyone knows the play well and has a burning desire for a particular role PM me - I will be looking to launch this play probably in March/April.
I could edit it. I edited most of "Michael Strogoff", several plays in "One-Act Collection 009", and a couple other short pieces.

(And it's easier to find time to edit than to record --- I can edit on a laptop on the train to work)
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Post by Elizabby » March 14th, 2018, 2:29 pm

Thanks for the offer James, but RobBoard has already offered and we plan to launch in April!

I'm still trying to fully cast "Story of the Amulet" before launching something new, so if you have a moment to look at that one I still need lots of small parts for the crowd scene in Chapter 8...

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Post by ToddHW » March 18th, 2018, 9:28 am

Since Cabinet Minister just finished, I have launched the next Pinero. Mrs Ebbsmith - see my signature line for link.

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Post by Carolin » March 18th, 2018, 1:19 pm

dialogues explaining animal life to children
https://archive.org/details/ourdumbneighbour00jack
Our dumb neighbours; or, Conversations of a father with his children on domestic and other animals
by Jackson, Thomas, 1812-1886

this might be fun to do :)
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Post by ToddHW » March 19th, 2018, 4:03 pm

ToddHW wrote:
February 23rd, 2018, 6:12 pm
SonOfTheExiles wrote:
February 14th, 2018, 2:18 am
Charley’s Aunt is in Gutenberg Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1300571.txt

This is the synopsis: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley%27s_Aunt

It seems to be the 19th Century equivalent of a Carry On Movie.
This is talked about in pages 1 and 2 of this forum - but no one could find a PD copy online then (2009). The copy you link to was made for Gutenberg Australia in 2013 so that fits - wasn't available then, is available now. I'll run it when my signature line gets a bit emptier....

Thanks, Todd
Launched. See end of my signature line for link.

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Post by Peter Why » March 19th, 2018, 4:15 pm

I found a list of longest running plays when I was looking up Charley's Aunt on Wikipedia: http://www.stagebeauty.net/th-frames.html?http&&&www.stagebeauty.net/th-longr.html

It might be worth mining the list for any that are out of copyright, for LibriVox productions; after all, they were all very popular.

One that caught my eye was A Little Bit of Fluff - a farce by Walter W. Ellis. Copyright 1922

Wikipedia doesn't have much on the play .. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Little_Bit_of_Fluff_(play)

It's available on Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/52851

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Post by ToddHW » March 19th, 2018, 4:25 pm

Peter Why wrote:
March 19th, 2018, 4:15 pm
I found a list of longest running plays when I was looking up Charley's Aunt on Wikipedia: http://www.stagebeauty.net/th-frames.html?http&&&www.stagebeauty.net/th-longr.html

It might be worth mining the list for any that are out of copyright, for LibriVox productions; after all, they were all very popular.

One that caught my eye was A Little Bit of Fluff - a farce by Walter W. Ellis. Copyright 1922

Wikipedia doesn't have much on the play .. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Little_Bit_of_Fluff_(play)

It's available on Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/52851

Peter
Just reading the last line of each act has hooked me. Too many plays, too little time....

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Post by ToddHW » March 24th, 2018, 5:27 pm

As Moliere's Bores and Blunderer are finishing, I have just launched Love-Tiff. See signature line.

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Post by Timothy Ferguson » April 7th, 2018, 7:07 am

Sorry, I put this in book suggestions...

Gang,

I'd like to suggest a play: Dryden's "Enchanted Island".

For 200 years, people used this version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" rather than the one we are familiar with now. It came out just after the Restoration, so it's only about 30% Shakespeare. This version cuts down on all that usurping, and female actors were permitted, so there are more female roles. So, imagine a sort of rom-com, or sex farce...

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