Support Your Local Theatre!
Turning out some old boxes the other day (something I do not recommend unless you are in a very good mood) I found an awful lot of old press clippings talking lots of rubbish about me in interviews, some lovely correspondence from writers as diverse as Tanith Lee, JG Ballard and Victoria Wood, and this old theatre review from a provincial newspaper, which was sadly missing its masthead and is now impossible to place, although I suspect it may be called something like the Keswick Advertiser;
‘A production of Hamlet by the Keswick Polytechnic includes the following changes; the text has been cut to fifteen minutes ‘because there are other things on the bill’ and retitled Hamlette ‘because we could only get two male actors’, said Miss Joanna Ripe, the director.
‘The whole thing is set in a nunnery,’ she explained. ‘We gave Claudia – Hamlette’s aunt – most of Polonius’s lines because she learned his part by mistake.’
Miss Ripe has added several new roles to the play; Joyce, Hamlette’s sister and best pal, Dinah, a blackamoor, whose part is made up of lines taken from Romeo and Juliet ‘with the dirt removed’, and Louise, a girl disguised as a deaf-mute who drowns herself out of pique.’