EARLY NOTICE: CHANGE OF DATE FOR JANUARY PLAY READING

FOR ONE MONTH ONLY WE WILL MEET ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY:  11  JANUARY

 

Arms & The Man

By George Bernard Shaw

 

Join us chez Mary Pritchard, 32 ave. Bel Air, 1180 Brussels

 

The opening words of this 1894 play, are Arma virumque cano (Of arms and the man I sing), and, dealing with the subjects of the futility of war and the hypocrisies of human nature, it was one of Shaw’s first commercial successes.  Shaw was called onto stage after the curtain, where he received enthusiastic applause. Amidst the cheers, one audience member booed. Shaw replied, in characteristic fashion, “My dear fellow, I quite agree with you, but what are we two against so many?”

 

The Plot

It is helpful to know that the play takes place during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian War.

 

Characters:

Raina Petkoff: Heroine.  Young Bulgarian woman engaged to Sergius Saranoff.

Sergius Saranoff: Bulgarian war hero

Captain Bluntschli:  Swiss mercenary in the Serbian army

Catherine Petkoff:  Raina’s mother

Major Petkoff:  Raina’s father

Louka:  Petkoff servant girl, engaged to Nicola

Nicola: Petkoff man servant

 

If you intend to join us please register via Doodle by clicking Here

Or ring Mary on 02 345 8583.

For those of you who are new to the play reading group, we meet at 7.45pm aiming to start reading at 8.  We have drinks and nibbles, and a small contribution in the form of a bottle or something to eat is always welcome!

Although Mary and Barbara are still very much our guiding lights, Mary is no longer ringing around to remind people.  However, every month Janet emails a reminder to people who have attended in the past and wish to be on the mailing list for these reminders.  If you would like to be added to the ECC Play Reading Email List, please email Janet at ecco@ecc.theatreinbrussels.com

How to Doodle:  All you have to do is click on the link above, add your name to the list under ‘Table View’, click in the box to show you are coming (or do nothing if you’re not!) and then ‘Save’ your entry.  If you have any problem with this, please do not hesitate to contact Janet – or simply ring Mary.