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Monday, 27th March: 7pm
A script-in-hand performance of Far Fetched Fables, by Bernard Shaw Produced and
directed by Michael Friend. A series of 6 short plays written in 1948 specifically
for The Shaw Society, founded only 7 years earlier. This was Shaw’s last completed
6-30pm Annual General Meeting of The Shaw Society
Followed by, at 7-30pm, a Script-in-hand performance of
ANNAJANSKA, THE BOLSHEVIC EMPRESS
A Revolutionary Romancelet
A one-act play by Bernard Shaw, written in 1917
Directed by Lorenzo Peter Mason
General Strammfest, whose family has served the Panjandrums of Beotia for seven centuries,
is unhappy about working for the new revolutionary government. His sole aim now is
to restore the old regime. He receives a telegram telling him that Grand Duchess
Annajanska, the beautiful daughter of the Panjandrum, has joined the Revolution and
has eloped with a young officer.
Who is this man and what are their plans?
A review of the January Meeting
Hayward B. Morse, a vice president of the Shaw Society, welcomed members and guests
for the first meeting at The Actors Centre in Covent Garden.
The John Thaw room was set out ‘in the round’ for a script-in-hand performance of
Shaw Cornered Part Two, under the direction of Maurice Thorogood. The playlet, by
Robert Shearman, is set in the gardens at Shaw’s Corner in 2017. Two visitors to
the house are astonished to find that Bernard Shaw, played by Hayward Morse, has
mysteriously come back to life. They invite him to stay at their home where he wrestles
with the realities of making a living in the 21C.
The play was followed by a lively discussion with the actors, including Janie Goddard,
who is married to the author and explained the background to the play.