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maniactwiling
Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 7:42 am Reply with quote
New Member Joined: 28 May 2008 Posts: 2 Location: Beirut
Hello everyone,

This is Ahmet Mahfouz, a Communication Arts student at the Lebanese Amercian University of Beirut. Part of my grade in Play Production I course is to stage a performance. The moment I was introduced to Gran Guignol theater I was captured by it. For me theater has several purposes other than making the audience laugh (not to mention Drama). A Grand Guignol play would offer something new to the theater in my university and at the same time it would be a challenge for me as a director to stage such a kind of plays.

Anyway, I would like to ask everyone who is involved in theater what are the guidelines that I can follow to put me on the right track for such a kind of performance and if there are any reliable sources regrading every aspect of staging (special effects, light, props, costumes . . . etc.)

and the MAIN problem is that I cant find the texts in English, anywhere specific I need to look in?
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Russell Blackwood
Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 2:10 pm Reply with quote
Moderator Joined: 18 Sep 2003 Posts: 125
Both of Richard Hand and Mike Wilson's GG books are in print and each has 10 GG plays in English.

Check 'em out!
http://thrillpeddlers.com/books-etc/

Cheers!
Russ
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maniactwiling
Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:51 am Reply with quote
New Member Joined: 28 May 2008 Posts: 2 Location: Beirut
Thank you so much and I have ordered Frederick Witney's book from Amazon but didnt have the chance to get to know its contents, do you think they are the same plays or different ones?


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Russell Blackwood
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:21 pm Reply with quote
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Whitney's plays are from the 40s. Thrillpeddlers produced THE CELEBATE. Some good stuff there. Hand and Wilson's books have entirely different plays in them. 20 scripts between the two books.

Russ
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armagecko
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:11 pm Reply with quote
New Member Joined: 15 Nov 2004 Posts: 9
There is a 1924 book titled, Five Grand Guignol Plays, that contains (what else?) five Grand Guignol plays written by Eliot Crawshay-Williams and published by Samuel French. The book contains the following plays: E. & O. E., Amends, Rounding the Triangle, The Nutcracker Suite, and Cupboard Love. These plays were produced at London's Little Theatre in the early 1920's. The original casts of these plays included Russell & Sybil Thorndike, Lewis Casson & Ian Fleming. Good copies of this title may be difficult to find, but they do turn up from time to time.
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