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Post by Kitty » February 1st, 2018, 12:50 am

SonOfTheExiles wrote:
February 1st, 2018, 12:45 am
Though I have a horrible suspicion that Todd is even now riffling through his plays collection, looking for an instance of a pirate-queen making someone who displeased her walk the plank into a shark-infested ocean.
sounds like a plan :mrgreen:
Thank goodness Xena, Warrior Princess isn’t PD yet.
now that's a woman much more to my taste. :thumbs:

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Post by ToddHW » February 1st, 2018, 3:49 pm

Well, let's see.

There is a Pirate play "Wappin' Wharf" that seems to be a follow-on to Treasure Island: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24914 but I don't think that the women are the "make-them-walk-the-plank" type. But I think I should offer it anyway!

And a play by Bernard Shaw: "Captain Brassbound's Conversion" https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3418 that has some possibilities...

There is "The Queen of Pirate Isle" but she's only 9 years old and inclined to good humour. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17168 - and it's a book not a play.

Some other books - "The Lady and the Pirate" https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24907 and "The Romance of a Pirate's Daughter" https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17053 and "The Admirable Lady Biddy Fane" https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34476.

Ah ha - still a book but it is named "The Pirate Woman" https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30057 with the line from her within it: "I shall return in fifteen minutes, gentlemen," she said. "Then my man must be ready, or I will drop the great rock at the entrance, and leave ye all three caged here until ye die. For go I will, mated or mateless, with all my treasure, ere the sun sinks into the western sea." Not quite a walk the plank scene, but definite possibilities!

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Post by Kitty » February 1st, 2018, 3:55 pm

ToddHW wrote:
February 1st, 2018, 3:49 pm
There is a Pirate play "Wappin' Wharf" that seems to be a follow-on to Treasure Island: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24914 but I don't think that the women are the "make-them-walk-the-plank" type. But I think I should offer it anyway!
as far as I know it will be gender neutral. I'm getting my eyepatch ready :mrgreen:
There is "The Queen of Pirate Isle" but she's only 9 years old and inclined to good humour. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17168 - and it's a book not a play.
:lol:
Ah ha - still a book but it is named "The Pirate Woman" https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30057 with the line from her within it: "I shall return in fifteen minutes, gentlemen," she said. "Then my man must be ready, or I will drop the great rock at the entrance, and leave ye all three caged here until ye die. For go I will, mated or mateless, with all my treasure, ere the sun sinks into the western sea." Not quite a walk the plank scene, but definite possibilities!
ok she is definitely the Xena type. I'm sure there will be a plank in there somewhere. Now we only need to know who's going to walk it so we can cast Chris in that role. :twisted:

Thanks for the research, Todd

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » February 1st, 2018, 4:44 pm

I just know I’m going to get a line like:

“I need to learn your ship’s rules, Ma’am. Would you run me through?”


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Post by ToddHW » February 2nd, 2018, 5:45 pm

The Pirate Woman is launched. Book, not a play. End of my signature line.

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Post by phileasfogg » February 4th, 2018, 6:05 am

Kitty wrote:
January 29th, 2018, 1:31 am
phileasfogg wrote:Well I don´t know if i could pronounce them correctly or give the appropiate intention in the words and their linking. My tarzanlike english is maybe not the best for a play in ancient english, but is a minor role so.... i won´t ruin your cake
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/orra_attendant_5.mp3
Victor, you did not ruin it AT ALL. I like the character you created, he sounds somehow very serene and quiet, a bit sad too in a way. The sort of dedicated attendant to his lord. I can well picture him on stage. As for potential accent, it is not spoiling the enjoyment of listening at all. Back then, they surely were not all locals either that worked in the castle. :mrgreen:

On the whole it's super well done and although you only had a few lines, you made the most of them to give your person a real character :thumbs: This is what we want.

I have a few corrections to add though:

> at 0:23: (p. 82 bottom): “last night i’ the midnight watch she disappeared” – this i’ is the abbreviation of “in”, so it’s better if you pronounce it like a Spanish “i” not the English pronoun “I”, because it changes the meaning.
It’s actually totally fine if you simply read “in”, because then it’s much clearer what it means and it’s easier to pronounce ;) (I myself would have said “in” there, instead of “i”). So: “in the midnight watch”.

> at about 0:46: (p. 98 top) missing lines: “Lady, I bring you most dismal news: too grievous for my Lord, so suddenly and unprepar’d, to hear

> at 1:01: (p. 98 middle) “foul stains” – this is probably optional, but I mention it anyway, since you told me to correct the pronunciation: “foul” is said like the ‘ou’ in “house”. Yours sounds more like “full”, which would change the meaning slightly

Excellent job, Victor, I am totally happy that you participated here :9: and I hope it won't be the last time.

PS. the expression "tarzanlike English" made me chuckle :lol:

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I uploaded it again with the corrections https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/orra_attendant_5.mp3
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Post by Kitty » February 4th, 2018, 6:11 am

phileasfogg wrote:
February 4th, 2018, 6:05 am
I uploaded it again with the corrections https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/orra_attendant_5.mp3
super well corrected, Victor, thank you so much. :9: You gave the Attendant a memorable place in this play.

PL ok now

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Post by ChuckW » February 4th, 2018, 6:45 am

Kitty wrote:
February 4th, 2018, 6:11 am
phileasfogg wrote:
February 4th, 2018, 6:05 am
I uploaded it again with the corrections https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/orra_attendant_5.mp3
super well corrected, Victor, thank you so much. :9: You gave the Attendant a memorable place in this play.

PL ok now

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Post by ChuckW » March 10th, 2018, 3:35 pm

The role of Second Servant has been orphaned.
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Post by benderca » March 11th, 2018, 2:59 am

ChuckW wrote:
March 10th, 2018, 3:36 pm
The role of Second Servant in Orra has been orphaned.

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=65739

This is an almost comically small part, for anyone out there interested in dipping their toes into dramatic projects.
Is it "comically small" or "comical and small" or both? Either way, I could read it (unless you want to save it for a newbie). :D

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Post by ChuckW » March 11th, 2018, 7:05 am

benderca wrote:
March 11th, 2018, 2:59 am
ChuckW wrote:
March 10th, 2018, 3:36 pm
The role of Second Servant in Orra has been orphaned.

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=65739

This is an almost comically small part, for anyone out there interested in dipping their toes into dramatic projects.
Is it "comically small" or "comical and small" or both? Either way, I could read it (unless you want to save it for a newbie). :D
Haha! I meant the latter, to be honest, but you're welcome to try to play this role comically... that is, if you can wring humor at the paltry collections of lines you'll have to read. :-)

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Post by benderca » March 12th, 2018, 4:43 am

ChuckW wrote:
March 11th, 2018, 7:05 am

Haha! I meant the latter, to be honest, but you're welcome to try to play this role comically... that is, if you can wring humor at the paltry collections of lines you'll have to read. :-)

Thanks for volunteering. And we're officially full again!
I decided to go for distress in this scene. Picture this: Orra and Rudigere in a barely lit corner of the stage. The two servants rush in. Suddenly. A bright spot light is on us. We say our lines. After my last line, "Did your honour not hear it?," I drop to the ground in pure distress. Rudiger, Orra, and First Servant carry me from the stage. The curtain falls. Absolute silence in the theater. Suddenly one loud clap from the emperor's box. Followed by more and more, until a deafening roar of applause fills the hall. :clap: :clap: :clap: The lights slowly begin to illuminate the theater. There is not a dry eye in the house...

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Post by Kitty » March 12th, 2018, 5:03 am

benderca wrote:I decided to go for distress in this scene. Picture this: Orra and Rudigere in a barely lit corner of the stage. The two servants rush in. Suddenly. A bright spot light is on us. We say our lines. After my last line, "Did your honour not hear it?," I drop to the ground in pure distress. Rudiger, Orra, and First Servant carry me from the stage. The curtain falls. Absolute silence in the theater. Suddenly one loud clap from the emperor's box. Followed by more and more, until a deafening roar of applause fills the hall. :clap: :clap: :clap: The lights slowly begin to illuminate the theater. There is not a dry eye in the house...
:shock: creating an entire life for one single sentence. Now THAT is what acting is all about. :thumbs: There are minor characters that are stealing the show by doing it this way. ;)

Your utterly distressed servant is PL ok, no doubt about it. You and Sandra as the two servants will be a great comedy effect. :9: She was also playing her part quite dramatic. :lol:

I'm guessing the script-offers will pile up in your mail-box from now on. Be aware that you are still on contract for Act 5 in this play, before you vanish off to Broadway. :mrgreen:

Thanks !

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CHUCK: that means Act 3 is READY TO EDIT !!!!

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Post by benderca » March 12th, 2018, 5:15 am

Kitty wrote:
March 12th, 2018, 5:03 am
benderca wrote:I decided to go for distress in this scene. Picture this: Orra and Rudigere in a barely lit corner of the stage. The two servants rush in. Suddenly. A bright spot light is on us. We say our lines. After my last line, "Did your honour not hear it?," I drop to the ground in pure distress. Rudiger, Orra, and First Servant carry me from the stage. The curtain falls. Absolute silence in the theater. Suddenly one loud clap from the emperor's box. Followed by more and more, until a deafening roar of applause fills the hall. :clap: :clap: :clap: The lights slowly begin to illuminate the theater. There is not a dry eye in the house...
:shock: creating an entire life for one single sentence. Now THAT is what acting is all about. :thumbs: There are minor characters that are stealing the show by doing it this way. ;)

Your utterly distressed servant is PL ok, no doubt about it. You and Sandra as the two servants will be a great comedy effect. :9: She was also playing her part quite dramatic. :lol:

I'm guessing the script-offers will pile up in your mail-box from now on. Be aware that you are still on contract for Act 5 in this play, before you vanish off to Broadway. :mrgreen:

Thanks !

Sonia

CHUCK: that means Act 3 is READY TO EDIT !!!!
Hee, hee, hee. I am having too much fun with this, I must admit. As they always say, there are no weak parts, only weak actors... Do they actually say that? They should say that if they don't. Anyway, oh pirate queen, here is the contracted Act 5. I decided to go for a more reserved, stately servant here. His/her name is Belvadere/Belvadera. Always loyal. Always true. No nonsense. No sense of humor. Only a sense of duty. I hope you can hear this all in my voice:

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Post by Kitty » March 12th, 2018, 5:24 am

benderca wrote:Hee, hee, hee. I am having too much fun with this, I must admit. As they always say, there are no weak parts, only weak actors... Do they actually say that? They should say that if they don't.
I think here at LV we are blessed with the crème de la crème :9: or maybe it is that LV is bringing out the best in us. :mrgreen:
Anyway, oh pirate queen, here is the contracted Act 5. I decided to go for a more reserved, stately servant here. His/her name is Belvadere/Belvadera. Always loyal. Always true. No nonsense. No sense of humor. Only a sense of duty. I hope you can hear this all in my voice:
Belvadera :lol: great ! I think it was supposed to be the same servant though ;) but no matter, I'm sure Count Hugobert has more than two servants. Belvadera surely is an asset to the household. :thumbs: PL ok, as well.

Thanks for helping out here, TJ. We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for this play. One more role....

Sonia

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