The Floating World – 22/09/1988

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Title The Floating World
Start Date 22/09/1988
End Date 01/10/1988
Abstract The Floating World is a play about Les and Irene Harding, who take the 1974 Women’s Weekly Cherry Blossom Cruise. Les can’t handle it. His memory of torture and starvation as a prisoner-of-war in Thailand is too strong. Les goes mad; or sane?
Designer Jon Lynch
Director Guy Le Couteur
Author John Romeril
Music Director Curtis Bayliss
Company Scratch! Theatre
Venue Guild Theatre
Reviews Positive review, though lacking in detail, merely describes content and plot.
References Flier; Programme; TB archives 9/88, TB minutes 11/88, 2/89 and 5/89; Poster.
Notes Due to industrial action by student union porters, the season probably ran 27 September to 1 October: “We apologise for the cancellation of last week’s performances, and for the change in the starting time to 8:30. This is entirely due to last week’s industrial dispute and is completely beyond our control.” Financial statement to TB also referred to problems with production: due to a “complicated industrial situation”, the Union Building was closed off two hours prior to opening night. Lighting Designer: Fred Watson Stage Manager: Gill Webley Costume Co-ordinator: Eva Mills ASMS: Elizabeth Gunn and Janet Williamson Lighting Operator: Wayne Lewis Sound Operator: James Shuter. Listed in Bruce Clezy’s CV in writer’s grant application and in Bruce Clezy’s and Tina Kokkinos’ CVs submitted with application for Theatre Board funding for Grassroots’ “Much Ado About Nothing”, 1989. Production report noted largely pragmatic obstacles (industrial dispute closing Union Building) and personal difficulties (violent cast member and two emotionally distraught cast members). It did not include any financial details. The Open Stage was considered as an alternate venue.
Cast John M Byrnes, Anne Radvansky, Bruce Clezy (Herbert Robinson), Anthony Watt, Richard Vabre, Frank di Lallo, Tina Kokkinos, Gill Webley (stage manager), Bruce Clezy.