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A Brian Freeland Presentation – George Bernard Shaw – Playing the Clown

May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Today we have snaffled Brian with his award winning talk on George Bernard Shaw.

See Further details in Brians Web Page further details and references

Seeing a production of Shaw’s play Man and Superman at the Bristol Old Vic during the early weeks of his National Service encouraged Brian to consider the theatre as a potential career: three weeks after demobilisation he started work at the London Palladium. Large chunks of the next twenty years were spent touring abroad, usually for the British Council,
often with plays by or about G B Shaw.

Wanting a more substantial Talk that might suit Arts and Literary Festivals, Arts Centres and Theatres, Brian conceived this presentation. He is both narrator and player, adding memories of his overseas tours to his light-hearted chronicles of the life, the works, the correspondence and the complicated personal relationships of the “best playwright since Shakespeare”.

Shaw called the clown “the best part of the circus” and wrote “all my life I have been merely playing the clown”. Mrs Patrick Campbell always started her letters to him “Dear Joey”, a reference to that other great clown Joseph Grimaldi.
PLAYINGTHE CLOWN tells Shaw’s story with respect, with admiration, and – as Shaw himself always told it – with humour.

This is an acting presentation… over British 40 venue recommendations. Soon to be going abroad …

We understand the worry that the upsurgence of COVID and Omicron variant is real and should be treated with respect, so for those that want to isolate or reduce the risk we will be transmitting the meeting via Zoom as well. Please be patient and we will get better each meeting. I will be recording it and will post it later on the website for those bono fide members who ask to view it.  I apologise in advance that the online sound in the video and zoom is not brilliant. We are working on this.

In the Hall please use the sanitisers and usual social distancing.

If you want to join by Zoom and you are new to Zoom please download Zoom from https://zoom.us/download, register yourself using your email address.

On the day from 7.15pm click on the link in the reminder email or this web page nearer the date.  If you can let me know in advance I can make sure you are not overlooked.

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Meeting ID: 858 1377 0033

There is no password and I will let you in. If you want any help then please let me know.

£2 Entrance and £1 Wine or voucher Raffle. If zooming and you want to make a donation then click here

Refreshments and Cakes.

Networking and Fellowship.

All are Welcome. Let me know if lifts are required.


May 4
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Bill Dodd


The Church Hall
77 The Street
Rustington, West Sussex BN16 3NL United Kingdom
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01903 859191

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