Does God Play Dice

One-way. Pendulum. PROS. COUN. What was it that made you take it up in the first place? MR G. I was at a loose end at the time, sir. (The Judge looks sharply up.) PROS. COUN. You were at a loose end. Would you tell the court, ...

Does God Play Dice

Since the dramatic discovery of the mathematical concept of chaos in 1989, the controversy of its contents has settled down. This revised edition of Does God Play Dice? takes a fresh look at its achievements and potential. With a new preface and three completely new chapters, it includes the latest practical applications of chaos theory, such as developing intelligent heart pacemakers. All this provides a fascinating new answer to Einstien's question which provided the title of this book.

Encyclopedia of British Humorists

88 . of One Way Pendulum , he suspected “ Mr. 5 . Harold Hobson , Sunday Times ( DecemSimpson to be the possessor of the subtlest mind ber 27 , 1959 ) . Rpt . in Plays In Review : ever devoted by an Englishman to the writing 1956–1980 ...

Encyclopedia of British Humorists

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The Theory and Analysis of Drama

N. F. Simpson's One Way Pendulum ( 1959 ) pushes this to an extreme . The result is an absurd farce , in which each figure is bound up in its own idiosyncrasies to such an extent that long passages consist merely of a series of ...

The Theory and Analysis of Drama

Manfred Pfister's book is the first to provide a coherent comprehensive framework for the analysis of plays in all their dramatic and theatrical dimensions. The material on which his analysis is based covers all genres and periods. His approach is systematic rather than historical, combining more abstract categorisations with detailed interpretations of sample texts.

Exploring the Language of Drama

Given this contextual information , look now at the following court scene from N . F . Simpson ' s play One Way Pendulum ( 1960 : 60 ) : [ The Usher enters followed by Mr . Groomkirby , whom he directs into ...

Exploring the Language of Drama

This collection introduces students to the stylistic analysis of drama. Written in an engaging and accessible style, the contributors employ a variety of language analysis techniques.

Stylistics

In the following scene from N. F. Simpson's absurdist play One Way Pendulum , a courtroom has been hastily assembled inside a domestic living room to facilitate Mr. Groomkirby's ' swearing in ' ceremony : The Usher enters followed by ...

Stylistics

This is a comprehensive introduction to literary stylistics offering an accessible overview of stylistic, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume.

N F Simpson Collected Plays

A Resounding Tinkle; The Hole; Gladly Otherwise; One Way Pendulum; The Cresta Run; Was He Anyone?; If So, Then Yes N. F. Simpson. never doubted him again. The play was immediately hailed by Ken Tynan, among others, as a work of comic ...

N  F  Simpson  Collected Plays

N. F. Simpson was one of the leading exponents of the theatre of the absurd, and is best known for his play A Resounding Tinkle, made famous by its premiere at the Royal Court in 1957, and later to star Peter Cook. But beyond that he was a major force in the satire boom of the sixties, and wrote much exceptional comedy for film and TV for the likes of John Cleese, Beryl Reid, Hattie Jacques and Eric Sykes, as well as a number of brilliantly funny plays for theatre, which starred big names such as Harold Pinter and Kenneth Williams. His influence on everyone from Peter Cook's much-loved character E. L. Wisty to Monty Python's Flying Circus helped spawn a generation of incredible comic talent. Plays included in the collection are A Resounding Tinkle, The Hole, Gladly Otherwise, One Way Pendulum, The Cresta Run, Was He Anyone? and his final work, If So, Then Yes, first performed in 2010. This collection celebrates the work of this lost comic genius, and seeks to put his reputation back at the heart of British - and world - comedy.

Let s Go to The Grand

secret that One Way Pendulum incurred a great deal of disfavour with a large number of the subscribers. But the fact that a play is not popular does not necessarily mean that it is bad, or that it should not have been produced.

Let s Go to The Grand

"A fascinating history of a wonderful old theatre." - Hume Cronyn In September of 1901 London’s New Grand Opera House flung open its doors. Boasting a beautiful interior design, and with the most modern stage equipment available, the theatre was large enough to accommodate over 1,700 patrons and the largest touring shows of the time. With impresario Ambrose J. Small at the helm, a new era in theatrical entertainment began. Throughout the next hundred years, the Grand Theatre hosted everything from stock companies to minstrel shows, from vaudeville to star-studded productions. The celebrated amateur theatre company, London Little Theatre, made The Grand its home for decades. As Canadian theatre came into its own in the 1970s, The Grand embraced professional theatre status. Throughout all these changes The Grand has remained London’s "Grand Old Lady of Richmond Street." Legendary performers from the past, including the Marks Brothers, Anna Pavlova and John Gielgud have graced its vast stage, as have such contemporary stage stars as Hume Cronyn, William Hutt and Martha Henry. This extensively researched book, lavishly illustrated, lovingly documents the life of The Grand. Theatre stories from every decade of The Grand’s colourful life abound throughout. To read this book is to come to know London’s Grand Theatre in all its architectural splendour and its legacy in Canadian theatre history.

Marginal Notes Doubtful Statements

It's a chance for new listeners, who might not have been around at the time, to hear extracts from forgotten classics like One Way Pendulum and A Resounding Tinkle. These plays were once considered essential viewing for a certain kind ...

Marginal Notes  Doubtful Statements

Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statements by Jonathan Coe - an extraordinary non-fiction collection from the author of EXPO 58 From celebrating the greatness of Gulliver's Travels to tracing the impact of Margaret Thatcher's death, from interviewing Brian Eno to finding Hitchcockian elements in a Disney film, Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statements is a hugely funny, moving and fascinating 20-year journey through the world of books, music, film, politics and memory from one of Britain's most acclaimed novelists and cultural thinkers. This will be loved by fans of What A Carve Up and The Rotters' Club, as well as readers of Nick Hornby, David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith's Changing My Mind. 'Clever and funny, enthralling and moving, this is, for my money, Coe's best novel since What A Carve-Up! Wonderful' Daily Mail on Expo 58 'A rich and splendidly comic confection' Independent on EXPO 58 Jonathan Coe is the author of ten novels, the latest Expo 58 (2013). His previous nine novels are all published by Penguin and include the acclaimed bestsellers What a Carve Up!, The House of Sleep and The Rotters' Club.

The Shifting Definitions of Genre

Other examples include One Way Pendulum, Morgan!, Blow-Up, Bedazzled, and Work Is a Four Letter Word. There is some justification for suggesting that the term “way-out” or “wayout” is used almost synonymously with “o›beat.

The Shifting Definitions of Genre

Histories of science fiction often dicuss Fritz Lang's Metropolis as a classic work within the genre--yet the term "science fiction" had not been invented at the time of the film's release. If the genre did not have a name, did it exist? Does retroactive assignment to a genre change our understanding of a film? Do films shift in meaning and status as the name of a genre changes meaning over time? These provocative questions are at the heart of this book, whose thirteen essays examine the varying constructions of genre within film, television, and other entertainment media. Collectively, the authors argue that generic labels are largely irrelevant or even detrimental to the works to which they are applied. Part One examines the meanings of genre and reveals how the media is involved in the production and dissemination of generic definitions. Part Two considers specific films (or groups of films) and their relationships within various categorizations. Part Three focuses on the closely tied concepts of history and memory as they relate to the perceptions of genre.

Dundurn Performing Arts Library Bundle Theatre

Most of the time itdid,butifitdidn't we were hardpressed to keep straight faces. – Patricia Leavens, actress, singer ONE WAY PENDULUM After enjoying the hugehit, Brigadoon subscribers didn't know what to make ofOne Way Pendulum, ...

Dundurn Performing Arts Library Bundle     Theatre

This special bundle contains seven books that detail Canada’s long and storied history in the performing arts. We learn about Canada’s early Hollywood celebrity movie stars; Canadians’ vast contributions to successful international stage musicals; the story of The Grand, a famous theatre in London, Ontario; reminiscences from the early days of radio; the history of the renowned Stratford Festival; and a lavish history of the famous National Ballet of Canada. Canada’s performing artists blossomed in the twentieth century, and you can learn all about it here. Includes Broadway North Let’s Go to The Grand! Once Upon a Time in Paradise Passion to Dance Sky Train Romancing the Bard Stardust and Shadows

Genres and Provenance in the Comedy of W S Gilbert

The humour of placing a square peg in a round hole or juxtaposing unlikely ingredients is a major nonsense ... In One Way Pendulum one of the prosecuting counsel's points is that, owing to metabolic changes, Mr Groomkirby is no longer ...

Genres and Provenance in the Comedy of W S  Gilbert

In The Progress of Fun W.S. Gilbert was considered, not as a ‘classic Victorian’, but as part of an on-going comedic continuum stretching from Aristophanes to Joe Orton and beyond. Pipes and Tabors continues the story, covering the comedic experience differently by reference to genres. Here – treated in relation to a line of significant others – we discover how Gilbert responded to areas such as the Pastoral, the Irish drama, nautical scenarios, melodrama, sensation-theatre, the nonsensemode, pantomime spectaculars, fairy plays, and classical farce. Also included is a wider look at his relation to various European musical forms and (for instance) to the English line of wit and the Elizabethan pamphleteers. To consider a writer not so much by a study of individual works as by threads of linking generic modes tells us a great deal about cultural interconnections and the richly textured nature of theatrical experience. Pipes and Tabors offers a tapestry of overlapping genres and treatments, showing not just the design of the finished products but the shreds and patches which form the underside of the weave. According to Dorothy L. Sayers, life itself offers us the apparent loose ends of a design which will only be revealed from the front after death. In terms of Gilbertian comedy, we are privileged to be able to track both the effort of the weave and the skill of the finished product. On the way we will also discover some new links and sub-text implications about other 19th century denigrated groups which were buried from sight for too long.

Twentieth Century Drama

Some Tall Tinkles: Television Plays (includes We're Due in Eastbourne in Ten Minutes, The Best I Can Do by Way of a Gate-Leg ... Screenplays: One Way Pendulum, 1964; Diamonds for Breakfast, with Pierre Rouve and Ronald Harwood, 1968.

Twentieth Century Drama

A compendium of information on all the main events, individuals, political groupings and issues of the 20th century. It provides a guide to current thinking on important historical topics and personalities within the period, and offers a guide to further reading.

Cold War Theatre Routledge Revivals

Simpson's Kirby Groomkirby in One Way Pendulum taught 500 Speak - Your - Weight Machines to sing the Hallelujah Chorus , but this nonsense was quite different from the corpse in Amédée's bedroom . ' There is about Simpson , ' said the ...

Cold War Theatre  Routledge Revivals

Cold War Theatre, first published in 1992, provides an account of the theatrical history within the context of East/West politics. Its geographical span ranges from beyond the Urals to the Pacific Coast of the US, and asks whether the Cold War confrontation was not in part due to the cultural climate of Europe. Taking the McCarthy era as its starting point, this readable history considers the impact of the Cold War upon the major dramatic movements of our time, East and West. The author poses the question as to whether European habits of mind, fostered by their cultures, may not have contributed to the political stalemates of the Cold War. A wide range of actors from both the theatrical and political stages are discussed, and their contributions to the theatre of the Cold War examined in a hugely enjoyable and enlightening narrative. This book is ideal for theatre studies students.

I Didn t Get Where I Am Today

There was a rumour of one in a distant suburb, but this was no use without a car. ... Most of the plays had to be somewhat conventional, but he did mount a beautiful production of N.F. Simpson's surreal masterpiece, One Way Pendulum.

I Didn t Get Where I Am Today

The magnificent, hilarious autobiography of the man who created the immortal Reginald Perrin. As a small boy David Nobbs survived the Second World War unscathed, until his bedroom ceiling fell on him when the last bomb to be dropped on Britain by the Germans landed near his home. It was the nearest he came to the war, but National Service would later make him one of Britain's most reluctant soldiers. It was an unforgettable and often unpleasant experience. As a struggling writer, David was catapulted into the thrilling world of satire at the BBC when he rang THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS with a joke and got through to David Frost, who sent a taxi for the joke. He never looked back. His greatness as a modern comic writer was confirmed by the publication of THE FALL AND RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN, which he adapted into the immensely successful television series that has entered the fabric of British cultural life, through phrases, images and brilliant humour. A mesmerising, beautifully told tale of life in writing and comedy, I DIDN'T GET WHERE I AM TODAY is the hilarious, poignant and very personal story of David Nobbs' life, which also describes some of the most famous comedians of the last century and captures a golden age of British television.

George Cole The World Was My Lobster The Autobiography

One of the most bizarre films I ever worked on was in 1964 when I did One Way Pendulum, written by N. F. Simpson and directed by Peter Yates. The film was adapted from a stage play of the same name by Simpson and was made by an ...

George Cole   The World Was My Lobster  The Autobiography

The World was my Lobster tells the story of George Cole's more than 70 years in the acting profession that began with a walk-on part at the age of 14 in the stage musical The White Horse Inn in 1939, and continues today having included such roles as David Bliss in the radio and television versions of A Life of Bliss, Flash Harry in the St. Trinian's films, and Arthur Daley in television's Minder.Adopted when he was only 10 days old, George Cole grew up in south London in the 1920s. On the day he left school he saw a newspaper advertisement seeking a small boy to join the cast of The White Horse Inn and was selected the following day. A year later, he found himself in the West End play Cottage to Let playing a cheeky wartime evacuee. Here he met legendary comic actor Alastair Sim who, with his wife, took him as an evacuee in their country house and coached him in the finer skills of acting. A flurry of films and theatre performances in the late 1940s, after his RAF service, culminated in a memorable role as a young Ebenezer Scrooge in the classic 1951 film Scrooge alongside Sim. Henry V, Cleopatra (with Elizabeth Taylor), Don't Forget to Write, Blott on the Landscape, Henry Root, and Dad are among other titles for which he is well known. But it was in 1979 that he landed the role that would elevate him to international recognition when he was offered the role of Arthur Daley in Thames Television's new series Minder alongside Dennis Waterman. In The World was my Lobster, a title taken from a classic line in a Minder episode, George Cole talks candidly, humorously and sensitively about his adoption, his life, his roles and many of the people he has worked with throughout his long career.

Anger and After Routledge Revivals

act, reappeared with another of Simpson's one-act plays, The Hole, in a double bill there. It was not a great success commercially, but by December 1959, when One Way Pendulum, his second full-length play, was produced at the Royal ...

Anger and After  Routledge Revivals

When it was first published in 1962, Anger and After was the first comprehensive study of the dramatic movement which began in 1956 with the staging of John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger and has since brought forward such dramatists as Brendan Behan, Harold Pinter, N. F. Simpson, John Arden and Arnold Wesker. Thoroughly revised in 1969, this book remains important reading for theatre students in need of a comprehensive and authoritative guide to post-Osborne drama in Britain.

Kid Gloves

One of the plays performed most successfully at my school had been N. F. Simpson's farce One Way Pendulum, which struck me as the funniest thing I had ever seen. I'm sure the mockery of legal language and process, Dad's moral and ...

Kid Gloves

NEW STATESMAN, TELEGRAPH, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT AND GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2015 When his widowed father - once a high court judge and always a formidable figure - drifted into vagueness if not dementia, the writer Adam Mars-Jones took responsibility for his care. Intimately trapped in the London flat where the family had always lived, the two men entered an oblique new stage in their relationship. In the aftermath of an unlooked-for intimacy, Mars-Jones has written a book devoted to particular emotions and events. Kid Gloves is a highly entertaining book about (among other things) families, the legal profession, and the vexed question of Welsh identity. It is necessarily also a book about the writer himself - and the implausible, long-delayed moment, some years before, when he told his sexually conservative father about his own orientation, taking the homophobic bull by the horns. The supporting cast includes Ian Fleming, the Moors Murderers, Jacqueline Bisset and Gilbert O'Sullivan, the singer-songwriter whose trademark look kept long shorts from their rightful place on the fashion pages for so many years.

The House of Redgrave

Persistence is the single greatest quality you need to be a movie producer. ... The Girl With Green Eyes would cost £140,000, One-Way Pendulum £50,000 and The Knack was £125,000. What nobody knew was that Tony and Osborne treated the ...

The House of Redgrave

From the landmark films of Tony Richardson to the untimely death of Natasha Richardson – this is the saga of one of the greatest dynasties in British film and theatre. In 1928, at the end of a production of Hamlet at the Old Vic, Laurence Olivier strode to the front of the stage to hush the audience and announced, pointing at his co-star Michael Redgrave, 'Tonight a great actress has been born. Laertes has a daughter.' He meant Vanessa Redgrave. That is where this dramatic book’s story begins. It concludes in 2009, with the sudden and tragic death in a skiing accident of Vanessa’s daughter Natasha Richardson – and further family sorrow soon to follow with the deaths of both Corin and Lynn Redgrave. The story of this amazing family is explosive throughout - from the tangled private life of Tony Richardson, Natasha’s father, who directed major films such as Look back in Anger, to Vanessa and Corin’s complicated involvement with the Workers’ Revolutionary Party, to the emergence of a fourth generation of fine actors with Natasha and Joely.? There is truly never a dull moment – but plenty of scandal, melodrama, tragedy and intrigue – in the story of this remarkable dynasty, whose contribution to British drama and film has been immense.

A Dictionary of the Avant Gardes

One~Way Pendulum, subtitled An Evening of High Drung and Slarrit, portrays a family, the Groornkirbys, whose individuals are so self-preoccupied they barely make contact with one another. The climax of absurd events is their son's ...

A Dictionary of the Avant Gardes

A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes recognizes that change is a driving force in all the arts. It covers major trends in music, dance, theater, film, visual art, sculpture, and performance art--as well as architecture, science, and culture.

The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd

He is best known for his third play, One Way Pendulum (1959), but continued to write until 2010, one year before his death. Most of the conversation surrounding N. F. Simpson concerns the validity of his ties to absurdism and casts ...

The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd

Michael Y. Bennett's accessible Introduction explains the complex, multidimensional nature of the works and writers associated with the absurd - a label placed upon a number of writers who revolted against traditional theatre and literature in both similar and widely different ways. Setting the movement in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, Bennett provides an in-depth overview of absurdism and its key figures in theatre and literature, from Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to Tom Stoppard. Chapters reveal the movement's origins, development and present-day influence upon popular culture around the world, employing the latest research to this often challenging area of study in a balanced and authoritative approach. Essential reading for students of literature and theatre, this book provides the necessary tools to interpret and develop the study of a movement associated with some of the twentieth century's greatest and most influential cultural figures.