Six Characters in Search of an Author

by Luigi Pirandello

directed by Philippa Taylor

Performed at the

Maskers' Bassett Studio


30th October to 4th November 1978

Luigi Pirandello

Luigi Pirandello was born in Sicily on June 28th 1867, the son of a fairly wealthy mother and father. To avoid drawing attention to their unpopular pro-Garibaldi political beliefs, the family had withdrawn to their country estate, where Pirandello spent a comfortable childhood.

Clearly unsuitable for a career in commerce Pirandello studied at Rome and Bonn before accepting a post at a teachers college for women in Rome. His life was clouded by a series of melancholy events, including a desperately unhappy marriage, which clearly influenced his attitude to life. He believed that life.was rendered ridiculous by self-deception, by the creation of inner realities sporadically exposed as vain and illusory. Pirandello filled his writings with “bitter compassion for all those who fool themselves”.

He was a prolific writer and established an enviable reputation as a poet, dramatist and novelist, winningthe Nobel Prize for literature in 1934.

He died in Rome on December 10th 1936 and, in keeping with his distaste for the deceptions and illusions of life, he requested the simplest possible cremation and funeral.

Daytime: The Stage of a Theatre

The play has neither acts nor scenes. Its performance will be interrupted twice : once when the Producer and the principal characters go away to write the script and the Actors leave the stage, and a second time when the Man on the Lights makes a mistake.

The Characters of the Play in the Making
The Father David Pike
The Mother Hazel Burrows
The Stepdaughter Linda Edwards
The Son John Turnbull
The Boy Marco Thomas
The Little Girl Zoe Brookes
Madame Pace Jenni Watson

The Actors in the Company
The Producer David Bartlett
The Leading Lady Sheana Carrington
The Leading Man David Freemantle
The Second Female Lead Jenny Mcconnel
The Ingenue Meri Lawther
The Juvenile Lead Brian Stansbridge
Other Actors And Actresses Jane Haworth, Maggie Newell, Liz Thorrington, Robert Smith,Becket Pennington-Legh
The Stage Manager Brian Whitaker
The Prompter Janet Courtice
The Foreman Of The Stage Crew Derek Sealey
The Producer’s Secretary Maureen Pearce
Lighting Man Mike McDermid
For the Maskers:  
Directed by Philippa Taylor
Technical Director Alan Baker
Lighting Design Ron Tillyer
Business Management Graham Buchanan
Publicity Brian Stansbridge


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