Five Finger Exercise
The original text
The play is set in the present in a country cottage in Suffolk and is about an apparently normal English family - mother, father, son and daughter - whose equilibrium is upset by the catalyst of a German tutor for the daughter. His presence releases the tensions hidden in each person, including his own. This play gained the reputation of being the best straight play written in 1958. It was produced by Sir John Gielgud and ran for over 600 performances in London.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1962: Presented by the Amateur Theatre Guild at the Port Elizabeth City Hall, presented by Jem Miller Production, from 20 - 24 February. Starring Christine Roberts (The Mother), George Jone (The Father), Jill Shepherd (The Sister), Alan Williams (The Brother), and David Hemmings (The Tutor). This was, at that stage, the most complex set ever built by an amateur company in Port Elizabeth with three levels and seven entrances. Designed by Pat Fogarty and built by Bruce Mann. The total proceeds of the play, in accordance with the practice of the Amateur Theatre Guild were donated to a charitable organisation, in this case the Homes for the Aged.
Five Finger Exercise theatre programme, 1962.
Undated newspaper review by David Rex.
NELM [Collection: KORT, Maurice]: 2012. 379. 13. 22.
University of Pretoria Drama Department theatre programme, 1987.
Percy Tucker, 1997.
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