Let your imagination rip and it might go for a thrilling ride around these objects.
The play, surely, was about a disinherited younger son who, given a sum meant to pay his way through university, instead, splashed it on a priceless necklace used to purchase the loyalty of a magnificent half-Spanish, half Swedish courtesan. The poor boy was then, sadly, usurped by a French captain in the Foreign Legion, blessed with fierce moustache and a large shako – leading to the lad’s despair followed by bankruptcy, years of homeless wandering and an alcoholic death.
Seems a shame to say what these remnants are truly about.
It’s a play about death, in fact. A two-hander about an old guy waiting by the telephone for news of his heart transplant. He’s visited – haunted – by a series of people with whom he chats about it all. Should he drink himself to death…? Could be fun for a while, unpleasant at the end.
I played the old guy, and fabulous Jo Girdlestone played the other nine parts, occasionally becoming a man, changing costume in seconds behind a screen. It was she who wore the shoe and the necklace and I toyed with the bottle.
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About my new book
I’ve spent 70 years as an actor, writer and director, and Are You Going to do That Little Jump? The Adventure Continues is stuffed full of backstage stories: about the sitcoms I was in – Keep It in the Family, Porridge, Rising Damp, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Reggie Perrin, and dozens more; about my forays into live theatre – from irksomerep, to risky Fringe, to the spine-tingling RSC and treacherous, seductive Broadway. And it’s right up to date with recent movies – Lost in London and Peterloo.