Rattle of a Simple Man
Also known as La Crécelle
The original text
A bet to spend the night with a prostitute shows how loneliness can drive people to opposite extremes. Set in the character Cyrenne's basement flat somewhere in London.
Said to have been first produced in Nottingham, 1962, although there is proof that the play was presented in South Africa by a British company
First published by Samuel French, 1963.
Translations and adaptations
Translated and adapted into French as La Crécelle ("the rattle") by Albert Husson and first performed at the Théâtre de la Gaité-Montparnasse on 28 September, 1963, directed by Michel Fagadau (1930-2011).
Adapted for the screen by the author. The screen version was directed by Muriel Box in 1964.
Performance history in South Africa
1961: A British production, brought to South Africa by Taubie Kushlick, with Edward Woodward, Pauline Stroud and Kerry Jordan. Directed by Valda Blumberg. Set designed by Nina Campbell-Quine. The play was performed at The Playhouse Theatre, Johannesburg.
Programme notes of 1961 production.
" LA CRÉCELLE adaptée de Charles Dyer par Albert Husson" Le Monde 28 September, 1963
Theatre announcement The Rand Daily Mail, 24 July 1978 and several other issues.
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