Peter Pan: downright sinister
We’ve not discussed Restoration or Tremain. The Road Home has a big scene at a major opening night at the Royal Court. On a Sunday. Lousy editing, yes, but..
Typically illuminating. Thank you. Shamefully, I have only seen the (very good) film of An Awfully Big Adventure which I recommend highly, not least for Hugh Grant serving notice on what a good actor he is. (Something most critics have only recently caught up with.) Not read (yet) At Freddie’s either by the excellent Fitzgerald.
I am largely allergic to mist backstage adult novels because they tend to get so much badly wrong - the theatre passages in Rose Tremain’s The Road Home are particularly egregious - but have you read Anthony Quinn’s Curtain Call. Set in theatreland in 1930. All the detail is spot on. Terrific book which has been made into a film to be released soon, script by Patrick Marber starring Ian McKellen in the title role of The Critic.
Ha! Well I’d read the book first, the film can wait xx
OMG you've never read The L Shaped Room, i'm JEALOUS! It's possibly in my top three of all time. there's a wonderful film too that's worth a watch but the book first. I adapted it into a play a few years ago,Lynne is still alive and it was a dream to meet and work with her. She's nearly 90 now I think. Can't wait to discuss. And will definitely read AABA some time soon xx
I haven't read this book of Bainbridge's, but I did read 'The Bottle Factory Outing' for a writing class a few years ago and found both her writing and the story funny, dark, and a little bit strange...but not in a bad way! Enjoyed your comparisons with Barrie's Peter Pan here. (Incidentally, Pan was the first play I remember seeing at the theatre as a child!)