Posted by Henderson Sun, June 17, 2018 16:57:42
Posted by Henderson Sun, June 03, 2018 15:57:40
A glimpse of what might have been - Youth is Wasted on The Young - Gerry Anderson's abortive sequel to Doppelganger scripted by Power Game editor Wilfred Greatorex. http://wymark.org.uk/youth.html
Posted by Henderson Sun, May 27, 2018 10:22:54
In "This Years Girl" Wymark played a farmer devoted to his bulls and you'll be able to see some remarkable location photo's here
Posted by Henderson Thu, February 08, 2018 22:43:57
We can only hope some enterprising UK firm such as Eureka or Indicator will release this title in the UK. For more on The Psychopath go here
Posted by Henderson Sat, February 03, 2018 21:49:47
Reviewed by Dr Terror
On my regular rail journeys to Bradley, the talk of every carriage is currently about which early seventies film smash will be next to appear on the London stage. The smart money is split between Earthquake and Dirty Harry.
Which brings us to the theatrical version of The Exorcist. Does it work? CAN it work? The answer, against all odds, is yes.
It works because the cast is a terrific one and no one ever sticks a tongue in their cheek and even thinks about sending it up. In spite of this, it's still a very close call. It's definitely a mistake to do the crucifix-as-dildo bit just before the interval. In fact, it's a mistake even to have an interval, something which fewer and fewer plays are doing now. The bar was consequently full of laughter and lewd re-enactment while the staff tried to flog an overpriced wine called The Velvet Devil.
And yet, despite all this frivolity, they pulled it off. My disbelief was suspended, no mean feat when you consider how ridiculous the plot is. Despite the sexual intentions behind the demon's possession of Regan being far more obvious here than in the film, nobody once queried whether there might be anything to fear in this regard from the priests themselves. Oh, and how about this: the demon talks with the voice of an uncredited Sir Ian McKellen?
So in spite of ALL of this, it still
works. Peter Bowles in the title role, still widely thought of as a sitcom
actor, exudes gravitas and compassion. Adam Garcia's Father Karras, now a
fully-fledged 'psychiatrist-priest' (you don't find too many of them), and
Jenny Seagrove 's despairing mother Chris both completely win our sympathy and
Clare Louise Connelly as Regan is an absolute star.
And what, given whose website we're on, of Tristram Wymark playing Burke, the ill-fated film director (in fact, in this production, Regan predicts HIS death rather than that of a nervous astronaut)? The role is a bigger and more nuanced one than in the film. Although he's partly there as the light relief, his booze-addled mincing queen/tortured Catholic persona is never less than captivating - think Oliver Reed meets Larry Grayson meets Graham Greene - and there's something utterly fascinating about his resemblance to Patrick.
It was a tall order but it won me over 100%. In fact, I'll tell you this - and not just to annoy Mark Kermode (though, goodness knows, that's reason enough): it's better than the film.
Posted by Henderson Sun, November 26, 2017 16:51:40
The Invasion is now available on DVD from Network in a disc which includes 3 other plays including The Worm In The Bud starring Barry Foster and Elizabeth Begley (Margie from The Plane Makers)
You can read a review of The Invasion here.
Posted by Henderson Sun, November 12, 2017 15:50:34
In December, Network DVD will be releasing “Armchair Theatre Archive” Volume 2, which contains four episodes of the ABC drama strand including 1963’s “The Invasion”.
Written by novelist Angus Wilson, the satirical comedy starred Patrick Wymark and Eleanor Summerfield as two “new rich” incomers engaged in a conflict with the gentry (represented by Athene Saylor, Frances Rowe and Clive Morton, unaware that Martians are secretly invading the planet).
Born in Bexhill in 1913, Wilson began writing following a nervous breakdown while working as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park during World War Two. He later wrote “Anglo Saxon Attitudes” and “The Old Men At The Zoo”, both of which were adapted for television.
The DVD is currently on offer for “pre-order” on the Network website
Posted by Henderson Tue, August 29, 2017 20:57:50
But today, it is recognised that the Magna Carta was just a starting point - viewed at the time as short-term pragmatism. The City of Lincoln is currently celebrating the Forest Charter of 1217 (also displayed in the vault), which restored common law to land previously designated as Royal Forests.
In 1965, Patrick Wymark starred as King John in "Left Handed Liberty", a play commissioned by the Corporation of the City of London to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Magna Carta. Playwright John Arden realised during his research that there was a hidden story about Magna Carta - what it really meant to King John and his Barons - and what that tells us about freedom today. You can read more about Left Handed Liberty here.