Richard of Bordeaux: A Play in Two Acts



❤ Richard of Bordeaux: A Play in Two Acts pdf ⚣ Author Gordon Daviot – E17streets4all.co.uk This play by Gordon Daviot or Josephine Tey both pseudonyms of Elizabeth Macintosh depicts the story of Richard II of England in a romantic fashion, emphasizing the relationship between Richard and hi This play by Gordon Daviot or Josephine Tey Bordeaux: A PDF/EPUB Á both pseudonyms of Elizabeth Macintosh depicts the story of Richard II of England in a romantic fashion, emphasizing the relationship between Richard and his queen, Anne of Bohemia Daviot wrote the play after seeing John Gielgud play Shakespeare s Richard II at the Old Vic Theatre, and submitted it to him for production Gielgud had Richard of ePUB Æ reservations about the play but agreed to test it out for two matin e performances at the Arts Theatre He then agreed to direct it and star in it and it ran for over a year in the West End a substantial run for its time and catapulted Gielgud to the status of superstar.Richard of Bordeaux: A Play in Two Acts

Gordon Daviot is a pseudonym of Elizabeth Mackintosh, Bordeaux: A PDF/EPUB Á better known by the pseudonym Josephine TeyWorks originally published under the pseudonym Gordon Daviot still use that name as primary work, even though republished as Josephine Tey or Elizabeth Mackintosh.

Richard of Bordeaux: A Play in Two Acts PDF/EPUB ☆
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  • Richard of Bordeaux: A Play in Two Acts
  • Gordon Daviot
  • English
  • 05 July 2019

10 thoughts on “Richard of Bordeaux: A Play in Two Acts

  1. says:

    This was an OK play It is supposed to be a historical play But as you know writers often take liberties to fill in empty plot lines If I had seen it performed I might have a better rating for it.

  2. says:

    I recently heard on the radio and then read Nicola Upson s An Expert in Murder, with Josephine Tey as the author attending her play Richard of Bordeaux That was followed on the radio by Tey s The Daughter of Time which I ve heard and read before This also refers to Richard of Bordeaux And a reference to the play popped up in something else I read So it seemed like I needed to read the play.As plays go, this was full of detail about characters, appearances, movements, reactions, so it reads a I recently heard on the radio and then read Nicola Upson s An Expert in Murder, with Josephine Tey as the author attending her play Richard of Bordeaux That was followed on the radio by Tey s The Daughter of Time which I ve heard and read before This also refers to Richard of Bordeaux And a reference to the play popped up in something else I read So it seemed like I needed to read the play.As plays go, this was full of detail about characters, appearances, movements, reactions, so it reads almost like a novel Maybe this is a feature of an acting edition This gave the dialog a bitrichness than it might otherwise have had Richard II seems to have been an interesting character, a bit out of step with his time perhaps Guess I ought to read Shakespeare s version of this now.Just reading a bit about these plays It seems Gielgud was a success with S s R2 in 1929, then directed and starred in this Richard in 1932, and this was the play that made him a superstar rather than a respected classical actor.Does anyone write historical fiction as plays these days Why not

  3. says:

    Richard of Bordeaux is a play first performed in 1933, written by Josephine Tey under the penname Gordon Daviot and now reissued under Tey s name Like Tey s The Daughter of Time, this play focuses on a maligned king named Richard who was actually a rather nice bloke, just cruelly misunderstood by a horrible, horrible world and has gone down as one of History s Worst Villains This time, however, it s not about Richard III but Richard II, whose deposition is sometimes cited as the beginning of Richard of Bordeaux is a play first performed in 1933, written by Josephine Tey under the penname Gordon Daviot and now reissued under Tey s name Like Tey s The Daughter of Time, this play focuses on a maligned king named Richard who was actually a rather nice bloke, just cruelly misunderstood by a horrible, horrible world and has gone down as one of History s Worst Villains This time, however, it s not about Richard III but Richard II, whose deposition is sometimes cited as the beginning of the Wars of the Roses.This was interesting to read and Tey has some rather wonderful lines Her dialogue has a few anachronisms which do make it feel like it belongsto the 1930s rather than the 1390s but it didn t happen frequently enough to be a serious detraction I found it a fast read and the decisions Tey made in compressing the story did feel logical and well made, although naturally, I did wish the piece had been longer and we were able to seemoments from Richard II s lifetime.Obviously, the historical accuracy isn t great Not only was this written nearly ninety years ago and thus relying on what is now outdated and old information, but the medium of a play or film requires a lot of compression and liberties to cover Richard II s reign of twenty two years in a couple of hours Tey covers a lot but focuses mainly on the Appellant Crisis in Act 1 and Richard s downfall in Act 2 While I do wish that there wasof the play to read and explore, I think she s done well in compressing the history without having anything feel particularly jarring The only thing that made me raise my eyebrows was Anne of Bohemia describing herself as a barbarian Anne was the daughter and sister of two Holy Roman Emperors, born and raised in an incredibly cultured court, while England in the 14th century was a cultural backwater it s Richard who would be considered the barbarian, not Anne But I guess that doesn t fit in with 1930s sentiment about England s place in the world What let the play down for me was the story and characterisations Tey does give Richard some flaws he s impatient, reckless and temperamental but her story is very much about how he is a perfect, shining light in a sea of brutish, ambitious, war hungry relatives who will stop at nothing to tear him down I love a sympathetic Richard and find it vastly preferable to the evil Richard characterisations I ve come across but this is just a very goodies vs baddies story and the real Richard was farmorally grey and flawed, just like the real Henry IV was less a big bad bully But while Tey s Richard spends a lot of time spitting venom at his enemies, he also reserves some for the people you know, normal people and not the aristocracy It s hard to like someone terribly much when they re just like, oh the common folk are ignorant and stupid don t get me started on their fashion sense and smell Sadly, I can see his point but as someone who would have been common back then, I m just thanks for saying I m scum, arsehole In fact, it s really hard to like anyone in this story One of thelikeable minor characters drops some anti Irish sentiment for two pages and that might have been deemed acceptable and perhaps even likeable behaviour in the 1390s and the 1930s but not today Anne of Bohemia is largely characterised well she s sweet and intelligent, she and Richard are adorable together but then there s a scene where she talks to Mary de Bohun, the wife of the future Henry IV, and I suspect that Tey wants me to view Mary as this very boring, unstylish, stupid person but instead all I do is feel sorry for her as most of her dialogue is oh, I d like to be do this thing you re interested in, Anne, but my husband absolutely forbids it and Anne is just like, oh dear the new styles are so unflattering if you don t shave your neck, you uncouth dumbie While I might be reading too much into it with a modern, feminist perspective, it really just reads like Mary is abused and controlled by her husband while all Anne does is offer sympathy that s actually pretty insulting and complains about Mary when she leaves Honestly, after that one scene I felt deeply sorry for Mary, who seems to want to share Anne s interests but is unable to do so because of her husband s disapproval, and thought Anne is a heinous bitch Maybe it works better in performance but mostly it seems like we re meant to laugh at poor, oppressed Mary and see Anne snug and smug in her little ball of superiority because she s a Cool Girl I suspect it d be the same in performance, though.Another issue is that the Kindle version I purchased had a lot of typos as if there had been no attempt to read over the play after someone hurriedly transcribed it It was pretty inexpensive 0.99 AUD but it s annoying to see so many typos.So in the end, Richard of Bordeaux is a bit too poor, innocent Richard was just cruelly misunderstood and everyone else were just boorish bullies in terms of story for my liking and the characterisations meant that I liked no one and found the heroes I was meant to adore just horrible

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