Back Then

“Back then.” In the 1960s and for a long time afterwards, plays and operas were presented to the audience by convention through a proscenium arch.
Even new writing was at home there.

With Sam’s guidance, this is the outcome.

“Funny day Sunday.” Paul Scofield’s barber’s shop is closed. He is terrified, awaiting the policeman’s knock and a summons for soliciting.

Stratford 1968. Troilus and Cressida. Priam speaks to his sons.

Pericles at La Comédie Française, acted by men and women stripped of their customary grandeur.

Gorky’s Summerfolk. The RSC on the Aldwych stage.

Peter Grimes presented as a classic at Covent Garden thirty years after its first production.

Turandot at the Vienna State Opera.

Handel’s Samson at Covent Garden, built around Jon Vickers.

A woman looks out of a window onto a landscape, frozen and still. In her, memories stir, peopled by the man and the woman that look unseeing in our direction. Liv Ullman, Nicola Paget and Michael Gambon in Pinter’s Old Times.

War and Peace at the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad

The inflating auctioneer of fairy tales…

and the Golden Calf – in Outis by Luciano Berio at La Scala, Milan.

“Back Then.”
This succession of images, arose from different collaborations with different purposes, yet all were seen through a Proscenium Arch.The work was varied and exciting to do, but reliant on that convention. Later, it was different: see “Away from the Proscenium Arch.

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