Cranbrook Operatic and Dramatic Society

Our APRIL 2011 PLAY WAS :

THE ELEPHANT MAN
14th, 15th and 16th April 2011
at 7.30pm in the Queen's Hall Theatre, Cranbrook

Elephant Man

Directed by Jack Dale

The play of The Elephant Man differs radically from the 1980 theatrical film of the same name and that most of us know.
Both are based upon the same true story: that of John Merrick (1863-1890), an unfortunate citizen of Victorian England who suffered from neurofibromatosis, a hideously de-forming disease that all but condemned him to a lifetime of circus sideshows. Though he remained trapped in his misshapen body, Merrick was intellectually and emotionally liberated by London physician Frederick Treves, whose sensitive treatment of the "Elephant Man" unlocked the soul beneath his horrific appearance. Whereas the film was graphically realistic in its use of makeup, Bernard Pomerance's play differs in that John Merrick's deformity is conveyed purely through the vocal and physical contortions of the actor. Saved one of our members 7 hours in makeup, which is what John Hurt underwent each day of filming!
The play is billed as a drama, but there is a morality tale in there, and it gives audiences much to think about.



This play was entered into the Kent Drama Association 2011 Full Length Play Festival
and has been nominated for the following awards:

Best Actress in a Cameo Role (Detling Players Cup) - Julie Austin
Best Debut in a Full Length Play (Finch Trophy) - Leon Chambers
Best Wardrobe Achievement (Marian Baldwin Trophy)

Congratulations to Julie, Leon and the Wardrobe Team on their Nominations.

The result of the Award Ceremony held in Whitstable on Saturday evening, 18th June 2011 was:

Jack was pleased to report that Leon Chambers won the Finch Trophy (Best Debut in a Full Length Play)
The other two nominees did not win their trophies but Charles Evans did mention Ruth's great
contribution to the soundscape of the play. The Set Design and the overall staging were also both mentioned.

CONGRATULATIONS TO LEON.


Extracts from the Programme.

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Photos provided by kind permission of members of the Society.

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