Nude With Violin
23-26 October 2013
By Noel Coward, Directed by Dianne Newby
We began our 2012/13 season of comedies with a little-seen offering from one of English theatre's most popular playwrights.
'Nude With Violin', written by Noel Coward in 1956, was well received by audiences back in the day and enjoyed a lengthy run in the West End. This light, witty satire on modern art has rarely been revived since, but Adel patrons certainly welcomed its humour judging by the feedback we have received.
Over 500 people came to see the show across four nights, making it one of our most popular productions to date. Our gratitude and appreciation to you all. If you would like to let us know your opinions (good or bad!), please add your Comments here.
Cast and Crew
Sebastien David Pritchard
Marie Celeste Vivienne Bate
Clinton Preminger Jnr. Jon Holmes
Isobel Sorodin Beth Duce
Jane (her daughter) Rachel Newby
Colin (her son) Matthew Newby
Pamela (Colin's wife) Louise Timothy
Jacob Friedland Alan Foale
Princess Anya Pavlikov Pat Riley
Cherry-May Waterton Stella Garside
Fabrice Andy Sneddon
Voice of Obadiah Lewellyn Matthew Newby
Georgie (a press photographer) Shell Peart
Lauderdale Matthew Taylor
Director Dianne Newby
Assistant Director Tony Lawton
Stage Manager Ron Darby
Assistant Stage Managers Arthur Duce & Robert Colbeck
Costume Ros Porteous
Props Carol Crossfield, Pete & Viv Stringer
Lighting Will Andrews & David Newby
Sound Sam Delves
Prompt David Lancaster
Front of House Anne Andrews & Members
Paintings (in the style of): Jackson Pollock - Jane Foale;
Marc Chagall - Shell Peart;
Pablo Picasso - Beth Duce;
Sorodin's Last Masterpiece - David Lancaster.
What is art? Does it have a defining essence? Noël Coward's Nude With Violin explores the often misplaced faith we afford artists and their work. It is as relevant today as it was when it was written in 1956. Maybe more so in this age of 128 bricks, unmade beds and diamond encrusted skulls!
However, as you would expect from a Coward play, it is a light comedy of manners, not some kind of hammer-the-truth-home treatise. Although not as well known as some of his other plays, it still features the razor-sharp wit and great ensemble writing for which he is famous.
The recently deceased, renowned French painter Paul Sorodin is being mourned by his valet Sebastien Lacreole, his estranged family, and an art dealer Jacob Friedland with whom Sorodin had a long and lucrative association. His wife Isobel, despite provocation and exhortations to do so, has never divorced him and is hoping (although she would never admit this) to cash in on his not inconsiderable estate.
What seems a simple enough settlement at the outset turns out to be anything but. A series of visitors to his studio apartment unveil details about Sorodin's life and works which put an altogether different complexion on things. We quickly learn Monsieur Sorodin was a colourful character to say the least!
I very much enjoyed directing this wonderful comedy. Thank you for your continued support.
My thanks also to all members who have, as usual, given unstintingly of their time to construct and decorate the set.
"Thoroughly enjoyed 'Nude with Violin' - very well done" - AB
"The Noel Coward play was very good, thank you. Once again, we tell everyone how amazing you all are" - AG
"An amazing show last night. Well done cast and crew!" - CR