Wednesday, January 15, 2014

February 5th - Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde

We met in January and read Our Man in Havana - and thank goodness we had a good turn out as there were an awful lot of roles to fill!  With some jumping about I think everyone had a fair turn at reading, and with so many characters coming and going it kept us on our toes!

And talking of characters going ... this really was Cathy's last official Play Reading, but we truly hope that she will fit in her return trips to Brussels with a visit to us!

Lady Windermere's Fan

It was suggested in January that we read a Wilde in February.  As the ECC is about to put on An Ideal Husband I was tempted to do that ... but as I am helping out with props and will be heartily sick of the play by March, I hope you won't mind if we read Lady Windermere's Fan instead.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

Lady Windermere is a 'Good Woman' who comes to believe that her husband is having an affair.  He forces the presence of this other woman upon her, and she turns to another man.  But who is the mysterious Mrs. Erlynne who Lord W denies he is having an illicit relationship with?

All will be revealed!  And in the process Wilde will turn his attention to the behaviour of the ladies of his era.

Interesting Fact:  There is a condition known as Lady Windermere Syndrome.  This is named after this play, to suggest the fastidiousness of Victorian genteel ladies.  It is a syndrome where the patient involuntarily suppresses coughing, causing internal difficulties.

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