Theatre Class

Reply Thu 18 Jan, 2018 07:02 pm
I'm trying to find 19th-century theatre scenes for my Theatre 2 class. I have 2 groups; 1 female 2 males and 3 females. I've looked everywhere and haven't been able to find any. I would like to stay away from Shakespeare, but it will be fine. Any help?
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Reply Thu 18 Jan, 2018 08:52 pm
I've been doing research in the same time period.
I just googled 19 century stores, then homes, then fashion, then outdoor scenes, then transportation - and got a ton of ideas.
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Reply Fri 19 Jan, 2018 08:32 am
Oscar Wilde.
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Reply Fri 19 Jan, 2018 10:41 am
Oops! I thought you wanted scenery ideas.

Disregard my post.
Reply Sat 20 Jan, 2018 04:41 am
PUNKEY wrote:

Oops! I thought you wanted scenery ideas.

Disregard my post.

I thought that too. if not, then my school used to do East Lynne but it might be a bit esoteric these days. Aren't there dramatisations of Louisa May Allcott, that kind of thing?

East Lynne:
Plot summary

Lady Isabel Carlyle, a beautiful and refined young woman, leaves her hard-working lawyer-husband, Carlyle, and her infant children to elope with an aristocratic suitor, Francis Levison, after wrongfully suspecting and becoming jealous of her husband's friendship with Barbara Hare. However once abroad with Levison she realises he has no intention of marrying her, despite her having borne their illegitimate child. He deserts her, Lady Isabel is disfigured in a train accident and the child is killed. Following this Isabel is able to take the position of governess in the household of her former husband and his new wife allowing her to be close to her children but which also becomes a source of great misery. The pressure of keeping up a façade and being constantly reminded that her husband has moved on eventually physically weakens her. On her deathbed she tells all to Carlyle who forgives her.

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Reply Sat 20 Jan, 2018 04:48 am
Edward Fitzball
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Reply Sat 20 Jan, 2018 04:55 am
Get whole script with stage directions etc, free (It's in the Library of Congress)

Available in a variety of formats here:


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Reply Sat 20 Jan, 2018 04:58 am
The text version has been OCR'd and there are some glitches, but you can fix it up, or just print the PDF. Just an idea.



SCENE I. — enrrChamber in 4. Table and 2 chairs, R. h.
Set door, r. h. 2 e.

Enter, c. d., Miss Cornelia and Dill.

Dill. -4pH*$* And so, Miss Corney, Mr. Carlyle will be
here to-day, and bring home his bride.

Miss C. (r. h.) His bride, indeed ! A pretty bride for him
to take, an Earl's daughter ! And I've no doubt she'll prove
as idle and extravagant as her worthless father. She'll waste
his means and bring him to beggary. "

Dill. I trust not, Miss Corney. But do you know I had
a notion when Mr. Carlyle left home he went to be married.

Miss C. You did, eh ? And Archibald never to tell me !
I who have been like a mother to him ! But I always thought
he loved that girl a great deal better than he should ; for
when he first took possession of East Lynne, she left some
gold-fish in his care, and when they died he made such a
fuss about them— oh ! I was so disgusted with such silly
nonsense ! However, I am glad that silly Barbara Hare
1 Bn't got him — after all the years she's been fishing for
him. A woman has no business to be always running after
a man— it aint decent. But I've made up my mind to make
East Lynne my home for the future. There's no use of
keeping up the expense of two establishments. Besides,
here I can watch over his interests, for I know she'll bring
him to beggary.

Dill. Well, I must go now, and prepare myself to meet
Mr. Carlyle and his lovely £>ride.
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