The original text
The almost plotless play deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and their outlandish behaviour when they each invite a guest to spend the weekend.
Written in 1924, the play was first produced at the Ambassadors Theatre, London on 8 June 1925, with Marie Tempest as "Judith Bliss", transferring to the larger Criterion Theatre on 7 September. The opened at the Maxine Elliott Theatre in New York in the same year.
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Performance history in South Africa
1935: Presented by the Johannesburg Drama Circle in November(?).
1944: Produced in Johannesburg by the Munro-Inglis Company.
1946: Presented by the Brian Brooke Company, produced by Brian Brooke in the Hofmeyr Hall in November. The cast consisted of Phyllis Meine, Eve van der Byl, Petrina Fry, Cynthia Klette, Michael Marais, Dorothy Kendal-Grimston, Brian Brooke, Sydney Welch and John McIntosh.
1974: Staged by PACT at the Alexander Theatre, directed by John Hussey, with Shelagh Holliday (Judith), John Hussey (David), Sally Ducrow (Sorrel), Richard Haines (Sandy), Eckard Rabe (Simon), Diane Wilson (Myra), James White (Richard), Annelisa Weiland (Jacky) and Pam Jacobs (Clara). Sets designed by Richard Cook and costumes designed by Christa Scholtz.
19**: Staged by NAPAC, directed by Anne Freed, with Margaret Inglis (Judith), Robert Langford (David), Margaret Milner-Smyth (Sorel), Ivor van Rensburg (Sandy), John Rogers (Simon), Lucille Henderson (Myra), Dale Cutts (Richard), Elaine Dyer (Jackie) and Helen Braithwaite (Clara). Sets and costumes designed by Gerry Strydom.
Trek, 8(13):18, 1943; 8(15):18, 1944; 11(10):18, 1946.
South African Opinion, 3(10):21, 1946.
NELM: [Collection: ASCH, Valda]: 2005. 65. 7. 11.
PACT theatre programme, 1974.
NAPAC theatre programme (undated).
Bloemfontein Reps theatre programme, 1981.
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