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I’d like to leave a comment about the Peter Hall Oresteia at the BFI
The masks spoiled the whole thing. I felt I was in an emotional strait jacket. It was so bad I left after Agamemnon. I was not about to spend another 3 hours being emotionally suffocated.
Pity, becauseTony Harrison’s script when I could hear it properly was terrific and so was the music. Also one of my brothers was in the anti chorus. But I hated the interpretation as a whole and would love to have seen the real faces. Also disliked the decision to use men in women’s roles. They were obviously terrific actors all of them, but even so. Why make that decision when one of the points of the small screen is that you can really see the expressiveness of faces. Sorry but I just cannot join in the adulation of Peter Hall about this production. The masks are a bad mistake.
Hello Virginia: I’ve posted a response to yours at https://screenplaystv.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/classics-on-tv-bfi-southbank-programme-23-june-2012, the Comments page for today’s Oresteia screening.
I am currently researching Iphigenia in Aulis and I came across your post a couple of years ago on the Don Taylor adaptation. I was wondering if you had any ideas on how I could get a hold of a copy or be able to watch it.
Don Taylor’s 1990 adaptation of Euripides’ “Iphigenaia at Aulis” featured in the BFI “Screen Plays:Theatre Plays on British Television” season in June 2012. Is it possible to buy a DVD copy of the play, or watch it online or as a BFI subscription rental?
Sadly not. So little classic drama from the BBC archives is currently available, and this is just one of the many productions locked up in the vaults, at least for the moment.
I am working with the Finborough Theatre with a view to reviving the 1946 play Exercise Bowler, I am the son of its author, William Templeton. We are trying to trace the original play script or indeed original teleplay. The British Library has no versions in its archive although it does keep most play scripts performed in the West End of London. Any advice where to source the text?
I had the opportunity to interview Brian Rix just shortly before his death for my next book, “Great Britons of Stage and Screen: Volume III. He commented on his BBC Bank Holiday productions, but we never got to the titles. Does someone “out there” know some of the titles and dates of the productions? There were masses of them over the years.
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