An Actor´s Reminiscences:And Other Poems (Classic Reprint) George Barlow
The 39 Steps is a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The original concept and production of a four-actor version of the story was by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. Patrick Barlow rewrote this adaptation in 2005. The plays concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film The 39 Steps to be performed with a cast of only four. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress (or sometimes actor) plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. This often requires lightning fast quick-changes and occasionally for them to play multiple characters at once. Thus the films serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest.
Cynny Barlow is just eighteen when she falls helplessly in love with the dashing Ralph Clinton, an ambitious and talented actor visiting her home town for the summer. However, when Ralph is talent-spotted by a film producer, he puts everything behind him and leaves for the big time, with no idea that Cynny is already pregnant. Whilst her daughter Suzie is a toddler, Cynny can see no way out of her life of drudgery, working at the grocer´s during the day, and as a barmaid in the evenings to make ends meet. Her one friend in the village, the vicar´s wife Kate Bainbridge, is sympathetic, but has her own problems. Although the face she shows the parishioners is one of contentment, Kate yearns for more passion in her life than her husband Richard seems able to give her. Lately, she has been charmed by Richard´s old friend, Perry Sylvester, a famous jazz pianist. But so far, there is nothing in his behaviour to suggest that he feels the same way. But everything is set to change for all concerned, for when Perry makes Cynny´s acquaintance, he recognises in her a rare singing talent, one that would perfectly match the jazz he plays in the nightclubs of London. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Willow Nash. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000497de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
William Roache has been an actor on Britain´s best-loved soap opera Coronation Street, for over 47 years - making him the world´s longest-serving soap star. This abridged audio book is read by the author himself. As a young actor William auditioned for a TV drama that was likely to be running for only a few weeks. Now, 47 years later, he is the only original cast member and the soap´s success has established him as a household name. Over the course of that time, William´s character Ken Barlow has been married four times, twice to Deirdre, and had a series of tumultuous affairs. This gripping story will appeal to fans of ´The Street´ and will make inspiring listening for anyone interested in personal development. After leaving the Army William Roache MBE turned to acting, with roles in Skyport, Knight Errant Limited, The Bulldog Breed and Marking Time. Whilst at Granada filming Biggles, he was picked out by Tony Warren as the Ken Barlow. He appeared in the first episode, and is the only remaining actor from that original episode to still appear in The Street. In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for services to TV drama. Language: English. Narrator: William Roache. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hhuk/000007de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.