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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Jul 05, 2000 10:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Robert Helpmann solo show

A fascinating solo performance based on the life of Robert Helpmann and set in an interval during 'Don Q'. I hope to see it during the next week. London's Evening Standard has a review and an interview.<P>I don't now whether they use it, but a nice story was Helpmann in pink shirt on Bondi Beach being approached by a Neanderthal (the only one in Oz, I'm sure) who said, 'I hate homosexuality.' Helpman responded, 'Well, why don't you try heterosexuality?'<P> <A HREF="http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/theatre/review.html?in_review_id=294167&in_review_text_id=240917" TARGET=_blank>http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/<BR>hottx/theatre/review.html?in_review_id=294167&in_review_text_id=240917</A> <BR> <P><A HREF="http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/theatre/review.html?in_review_id=294167&in_review_text_id=240891" TARGET=_blank>http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/<BR>hottx/theatre/review.html?in_review_id=294167&in_review_text_id=240891</A> <P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited July 06, 2000).]

Author:  Maggie [ Thu Jul 06, 2000 4:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Robert Helpmann solo show

OH, I would *love* this. I am a big fan of Helpmann. A while back I saw a program about him on A&E's Breakfast with the Arts. He was so full of wit and intelligence, never mind all that talent. Stuart, do you know of any books written about him? Does anyone else have information about this wonderful character?

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Jul 06, 2000 1:28 pm ]
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The Julie Kavanagh Ashton book has quite a few references to Helpmann, but otherwise I'm not aware of a book specialising in Helpmann. <P>Here is the Dance Books ballet section which has some others which have some material about him.<P>Can anyone do better?<BR> <A HREF="http://www.dancebooks.co.uk/catalog/cat004.shtml" TARGET=_blank>http://www.dancebooks.co.uk/catalog/cat004.shtml</A>

Author:  Cronos [ Thu Jul 06, 2000 4:12 pm ]
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from amazon.com<P>Helpmann : the authorised biography of Sir Robert Helpmann, CBE <BR>by Elizabeth Salter<P> <A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0207956707/qid=962932059/sr=1-1/104-4085734-9303147" TARGET=_blank>http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0207956707/qid=962932059/sr=1-1/104-4085734-9 303147</A>

Author:  Maggie [ Thu Jul 06, 2000 4:20 pm ]
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Cronos, thank-you very much. I will order it today! I must study his technique. No, not his dance, his wit.

Author:  Azlan [ Thu Jul 06, 2000 8:14 pm ]
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Oh, dear god, Maggie is going to hone her wit?! Send the word out. Someone tell amazon.com *not* to sell that book to her!

Author:  Azlan [ Thu Jul 06, 2000 8:17 pm ]
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In case anyone needs a brief bio on Helpmann, here's a quote from the story:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Helpmann's remarkably successful career as a dancer, choreographer, director, producer and thespian prompted de Valois to dub him an "enigma of the English theatre". He made it into films, too, appearing in the Powell and Pressburger classic The Red Shoes and, 20 years later, as the scurrilous Child-Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>And, grace, Tyler Coppin is the actor.

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