Mrs Warren's Profession (1974)

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by George Bernard Shaw

Directed by John B Anderson

Performances: Sun 3rd – Sat 9th March 1974, Theatre


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"Streets where they lived"

...nevertheless two amateur productions have come my way in a month. The South London Theatre Centre's is directed by John B Anderson (who also plays the rector), and adopts a make-believe approach in keeping with the quaint prettiness of its outdoor setting.

"Mrs Warren's Profession" is not an easy play to produce. Shaw's stagecraft was far from fully developed. Many of the entrances and exits are clumsily contrived, and we seem to peep into a little self-contained world in which only six people actually exist.

However, it is important that these six people should be seen to interact with one another. This, basically, is what does not happen at the SLTC.

Sally Davis speaks with great authority, yet her Vivvie comes out far more priggish than she probably intended. Her: "My 'no' is final" is about the most toffee-nosed utterance I have heard lately.

Her big scenes with Ann Mattey as her mother, Mrs Warren, are conducted without any real involvement.

Arthur Skinner begins well as Sir George Crofts, coarsely sneering as the part demands; but soon he spoils the effects by ponderous over-emphasis. John B. Anderson plays the rector, Gardner, with becoming tetchiness.

For my money, Jeremy Browne's Frank is easily the best performance of the evening. Playful and bantering, using levity for what one suspects to be a vulnerable personality, he bends over backwards to involve himself at all times with those to whom he is speaking.

Donald Madgwick, The Croydon Advertiser.


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