AN EXCITING, FRESH APPROACH TO
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW’S
ARMS and the MAN
TWO BIG WEEKENDS in JUNE 2017
SATURDAY 3 June 7:30 pm
SUNDAY 4 June 2 pm
FRIDAY 9 June 7:30 pm
SATURDAY 10 JUNE 2 pm and 7:30 pm
SUNDAY 11 JUNE 2 pm
DISTRICT HALL Berowra, corner Berowra Waters Rd and Crowley St Berowra.
Book a table for 8 or less. Bring party food and your favourite tipple!
Complimentary refreshments are included with entrance ticket.
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ARMS AND THE MAN
Written in 1894, this comic classic focuses on the very human predilections for war and romance.
We don’t do old and tired, so we’re giving this very old piece a very fresh sparkling new look.
RAINA 23, a spirited young lady used to having servants, and engaged to a dashing young soldier. She holds passionately on to a romantic view of life and love, and is proud of the purity of what she calls “THE HIGHER LOVE” which she and her fiancé indulge in. She anticipates only the best in life and feels utterly in control, so that when a fugitive from a local battle tumbles into her room at night from a window, she is both fascinated and excited, but never loses her presence of mind.
CATHERINE, her mother, 40 something is an older version of Raina, also captivated by the romance of life, but extremely pragmatic in everyday affairs.
LOUKA, the maidservant of the house, 20 something. She is a strong- minded person. As a servant she sees everything that goes on, but is seething with the will to follow her own mind, read books even, and has designs on marrying Raina’s fiancée! And of course at the end she succeeds.
SERGIUS, the very handsome, dashing soldier, Raina’s fiance, and Louka’s physically passionate admirer.
MAJOR PETKOFF Raina’s father. A bumbling, old 50 something ineffective both as a soldier and as master in his house.
NICOLA the middle-aged manservant who knows his place but aims higher at running his own little shop one day. He tries to educate Louka on how to be a better servant.
CAPTAIN BLUNTSCHLI is the fugitive mercenary soldier who take refuge in Raina’s bedroom. He has no romantic illusions of life, love or death, and delivers some cutting lines about the futility of war. He becomes Raina’s CHOCOLATE CREAM SOLDIER, and of course she marries him.
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