OPEN[PLAY]Tragedy of Tragedies: Tom Thumb by Fielding - thw

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Post by ToddHW » July 2nd, 2020, 4:51 am

The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great by Henry Fielding (1707 - 1754).

Tom Thumb, small of stature, great of heart. This play was written as a parody of the tragic heroic biography of a great man, filled with biting satire as to people and events of the time. Note as warned by the title that this is not a happy-ending fairy tale. (Follow the etext link to see how the script is full of fictitious supposedly real researchy footnotes by "H. Scriblerus Secundus" providing fake references to the events and allusions of the play.) Supposedly Jane Austen put on a family performance of this play.
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  • I'm running plays by Racine at the moment, classical style tragedies full of heroic figures and pathos. Here is more of the same, pasted over with seemingly childish characters, as a cover for biting satire a la Jonathan Swift. A chance to spout heroic lines filled with nonsense....

    Gender neutral of course.

    Kitty will be Queen, drunkenly ensuring we don't read any of the (interesting and funny) fake footnotes that the script - published simultaneously with the play performances - is littered with.



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      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (Henry Fielding) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Fielding
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      • Original publication date (if known): 1731
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Post by alanmapstone » July 2nd, 2020, 5:54 am

In early as usual, I would like to read Lord Grizzle.

This text is almost more footnotes than script and the footnotes are not always well delineated so I think some readers may read the footnotes by mistake thinking they part of the role. :help:

I think you may be doing this just so you can play King Arthur :thumbs:
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Post by ToddHW » July 2nd, 2020, 6:38 am

alanmapstone wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 5:54 am
I think you may be doing this just so you can play King Arthur :thumbs:
Drat. My secret plan has been revealed. Though of course anyone else that wanted to play King Arthur could have offered the play themselves over the last ~15 years....

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Post by mightyfelix » July 2nd, 2020, 7:36 am

Oh, this is hilarious! I don't know yet in what capacity I'll be participating, but rest assured, I will be! For now, I will commence lurking.

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Post by MichaelMaggs » July 2nd, 2020, 7:46 am

mightyfelix wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 7:36 am
Oh, this is hilarious! I don't know yet in what capacity I'll be participating, but rest assured, I will be! For now, I will commence lurking.
Think you should do the Queen. Then (on p55) you get the immortal line:

Queen [aside]: " __________________________*. Oh! ye gods! "

Which is footnoted:

* A tragical exclamation.

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Post by ToddHW » July 2nd, 2020, 8:00 am

MichaelMaggs wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 7:46 am
mightyfelix wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 7:36 am
Oh, this is hilarious! I don't know yet in what capacity I'll be participating, but rest assured, I will be! For now, I will commence lurking.
Think you should do the Queen. Then (on p55) you get the immortal line:

Queen [aside]: " __________________________*. Oh! ye gods! "

Which is footnoted:

* A tragical exclamation.
And which would be read "BLANK. Oh! ye gods."

I am taking a Jane Austen course and it was mentioned that she put on a family performance of this (as well as Wonder by Susannah Centlivre which I also started). Then I saw Excalibur - a 1981 movie covering the entire Arthurian legend - last weekend and here I get to actually be King Arthur! How could I resist?

Lurk away, Oh Mighty One. We know how to find you.

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Post by Kitty » July 2nd, 2020, 11:27 am

ok I just read the irresistible description of the queen in the MW. I guess I would fit the profile, only I don't drink. But I can convincingly play drunk

I also don't love Tom Thumb...

but I'm entirely faultless, that part fits :mrgreen:

I can also assure nobody is reading footnotes, so yes, sign me up as DPL

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Post by ToddHW » July 2nd, 2020, 11:36 am

Wait a minute. You're just doing this so that once again, you get to be "a little too much a virago towards her husband" - that being me. Again.

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Post by jennlea » July 2nd, 2020, 12:08 pm

May I sign up for the Princess?

Glancing through quickly, I did not see her in Act 1 but is in Act 2.
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Post by ToddHW » July 2nd, 2020, 12:33 pm

jennlea wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 12:08 pm
May I sign up for the Princess?

Glancing through quickly, I did not see her in Act 1 but is in Act 2.
Thank you.

Yeah, Act 2, not 1. Sorry.

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Post by OooThatsNifty » July 2nd, 2020, 9:51 pm

If you'll have me / didn't already have someone else in mind, I'd love to claim the Ghost of Gaffer Thumb! Let me know :)
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Post by Kitty » July 3rd, 2020, 2:55 am

ToddHW wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 11:36 am
You're just doing this so that once again, you get to be "a little too much a virago towards her husband" - that being me.
would you believe me that this had no impact on my choice *angel smilie*

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Post by ToddHW » July 3rd, 2020, 4:54 am

No! No! Not the *angel smilie*!

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Post by ToddHW » July 3rd, 2020, 4:55 am

OooThatsNifty wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 9:51 pm
If you'll have me / didn't already have someone else in mind, I'd love to claim the Ghost of Gaffer Thumb! Let me know :)
Thank you.

Todd

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Post by jennlea » July 3rd, 2020, 5:27 am

ToddHW wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 12:33 pm
Thank you.

Yeah, Act 2, not 1. Sorry.

Thanks, Todd
No worries. I was just being a picky princess about it :D
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