The Angry Corrie 9: Sep-Oct 1992


Glen Coe v Shakespeare: Shock new evidence

TAC has received copies of a questionnaire compiled 3 or 4 years ago by "Plays and Players" magazine in which some startling revelations appear. Among the legendary thespians being polled were "Lord" Olivier (Greatest Actor of his Generation ) and "Sir" Peter Hall. In the interests of not prejudicing the argument, we print the questionnaires verbatim and allow the reader to interpret.

Old Peter Hall Larry
When or where were you most happy ? When or where were you most happy ?
I was in the Scottish play at the Old Vic. I had just come off the stage, I was drained, yet triumphant. Beckett appeared and offered me his latest script. I had led Old Blessed up Agag's Groove on a perfect Autumn afternoon. We ate our sandwiches and dashed down in time for last orders.
What items do you always carry ? What items do you always carry ?
Address book, current copy of "The Stage", cravat, doublet and hose, codpiece. Munro's tables, Climbs and scrambles in Lochaber, Poucher, OS sheet 56, compass, Kendal mint cake.
What are you wearing ? What are you wearing ?
This is the very jacket I wore, the first time I directed Lear at Stratford. It has become a talisman for me as the crown stayed on all that run. I wore this chain mail thing the time I did the Aggie ridge in winter with Young Stoppard. It acts as a kind of "body crampon", giving unprecedented grip. It's also brilliant at keeping out midges.
What piece of advice has helped you most ? What piece of advice has helped you most ?
When the Queen knighted me she gave me some great tips on keeping the crown on. I once met an old stalker who recommended moleskin breeches instead of my usual Harris Tweed.
What is your most treasured possession ? What is your most treasured possession ?
Handwritten original script for Oedipus Rex. One time I seconded MacInnes up Rubicon Wall. He gave me an ice hammer.
Do you have a motto ? Do you have a motto ?
When the going gets tough, the tough sits down and eats some oysters. Bright too soon, rain by noon.
Do you have an ambition ? Do you have an ambition ?
If I could direct young Branagh in the Danish Play and have it filmed by Kubrick, I think I could happily retire to the Pavillion. Obviously one would like to finish the Munros. Next summer I'm doing "Pride of the Clyde" with Johnny Beattie just so I can do some bagging.
What words or phrases do you overuse ? What words or phrases do you overuse ?
"Gadzooks", "Darling", "By my troth", "metaphysical" Bright too soon, rain by noon.
What talent do you most envy in others ? What talent do you most envy in others ?
Detachment. I can never quit the role I'm playing when I walk off stage. I'll be at a first night party 2 hours later and I'll still be Caesar in the Forum. It can be embarassing. I once stabbed Vanessa with a scallop knife, for example. Suppleness. I just can't get my legs wide enough to chimney. The Tooth has always been murder for me, for example.

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