Thursday, 9 September 2010

From the archive

In the upper photo there are two brothers, one of whom is now a peer of the realm. The character on the extreme right is blind and of uncertain gender.

In the lower photo the two 'women', one of whom gives her name to the play, are in fact lusty lads of 16 or 17.

I'm in both. Despite these anomalies, I'm as certain now of my gender as I was when these was taken, back in 19...I forget when exactly. If you identify me correctly I may magically come to life.

One of the most famous lines from this play, written in about 440BC, is:

The greatest of the many wonders on earth is Man

H'm.

14 comments:

dinahmow said...

's not fair! The embigglement is'nt big enough!
I do know that the line comes from Antigone. (For non-classicists, just mouse-over)Never played it myself.
At a guess...you are one of the very small lads.

dinahmow said...

OK...if you are not the chap on the left, you must be the fellow in judge/official robes.
I have been wrong before!

Rog said...

You are a treasure of information!

That's defo you top third from right and bottom far right, in both cases looking like a young Peter Capaldi.

You can magically come to life and fill us in - Fillusophocly"

Dave said...

You've hardly changed at all. Except for the boiler suit.

patroclus said...

Coo, he *does* look like a young Peter Capaldi. I'd never noticed this similarity before.

Christopher said...

DM: 'I have been wrong before.' Why change a winning formula?

Rog: I seem to have been magically teleported to Norfolk and find myself accidentally or deliberately locked in your convenience. Please to let me out...I don't think there can be that much call for young P.Capaldi lookalikes on eBay.

Dave: Do those glasses of yours actually do anything?

Patroclus: Oh crikey. Who is Peter Capaldi?

Charlene said...

You have hardly changed! [Remember my eyesight is poor.]

I was in a play once as a child and my one line was: "Mice don't peep they squeek." It was a Christmas play at a small country Baptist church. Maybe 100 people witnessed the performance. I'm hoping they have either all died or lost their memory of the event.

Rog said...

He was wonderful in the best British Film Ever Made (Local Hero) before entering the thick of it.

Rog said...

Obviously anything so brilliant would be British. If it had been rubbish it would have been Scottish.

Are you sure you weren't Olsen, playing with Jenny Agutter's Marina?

Vicus Scurra said...

I feel obliged to reread all of your blog posts now, imagining them being orated by Malcolm Tucker.
I really don't have time.

Christopher said...

Rog: Yes, this is the Andy Murray syndrome - British when he wins, Scottish when he loses, which he usually...but we won't go into that.

Agutter? Seagrove?

Vicus: Is this some kind of sub-literary flagellation you're proposing?

mig said...

Well I've never seen or read the play but if that's a famous line from it I agree with you.

Christopher said...

mig: ...and Sophocles doesn't appear to mean 'man' in the sense that Churchill meant when he noted somewhere ''man' embraces woman'. But maybe S. redeems himself in the last stanza of this Greek chorus, which reads:

But he that, too rashly daring, walks in sin
In solitary pride to his life's end,
At door of mine shall never enter in
To call me friend.


Trans. E F Watling.

Z said...

The highlight of my dramatic career was playing the Walrus, so I am quite unqualified to enter the discussion.