The writer confesses...
The origins of this offering lie in a show I put together
twenty years ago, for the Larkhill Amateur Dramatic Society.
It was called, simply, "Kipling's Army" and involved a fusion of
"Barrack Room Ballads" with documentary material, slides and sound
It worked rather well, in a military environment, and has been
repeated several times since then in similar circumstances.
I was tempted to offer it here tonight, but "H.A.L." has now had a
fair number of military historical productions and I felt this
be one too many. We don't want to become known as "Bloodbath
So, in a mood of facile optimism, I decided to broaden the scope
the operation and make it a study of Kipling as "the Poet of
with particular reference to his Indian works. This foolishness
brought me, shockingly, face to face with the sheer immensity (and
complexity) of Rudyard Kipling's output on this theme and the
impossibility of doing it justice in one small-scale production
with less than five months to research, assemble and produce it.
In fact so appalled am I at what I've got myself into and so
with the possibilities of further "H.A.L." work in this field,
have joined The Kipling Society, so as to start doing the job
In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy tonight's show and ascribe
deficiencies to an old man's folly and NOT to Rudyard Kipling or
long-suffering cast and crew!
"Rudyard and the Raj"...
The piece consists of readings and recitations from Kipling's
(delivered on stage) complemented (from the floor of the house) by
readings of criticisms and comments on the works or their
This documentary material is entirely Victorian or Edwardian. Our
has been to see how far the poet confirms or conflicts with the
comments. You may be surprised at how "politically correct" some
We HAVE used "Land of Hope and Glory" rather out of chronology! We
hope you will appreciate the reasoning.
Ruth Buckingham, Izzy Ford,
Carrie Jones, Alec Clapperton,
Richard Clarke, George Fleming,
Stage Manager - Natasha Cherry
Sound Design - Paul Gulliver
Lighting Design & Operator - Steve Lucas
Sound - Hannah Mawson
Slide Projectionists - Mike Mansfield, Paul Routledge
Costumes - Sue Paramor
Piano Players - Ian Marshall, Michael Warren
Front of House - Pat Mawson, Dee Mansfield
All the Staff at the Salisbury Museum
B & Q
Paul Gulliver & The Stable Studios
Black Paw Productions
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