HK English Speaking Union
- Tue 19-06-2018 7:15 PM - 2 h
- Tue 21-08-2018 7:15 PM - 2 h
- Tue 18-09-2018 7:15 PM - 2 h
- Tue 16-10-2018 7:15 PM - 2 h
- Tue 20-11-2018 7:15 PM - 2 h
- Tue 18-12-2018 7:15 PM - 2 h
Refreshments are available at the Fringe Club.
All attendees are kindly reminded that you should not bring your own food and drink to consume on the Fringe Club premises. Refreshments are available at the Fringe Club.
Date, time and place: 21 May 7.30 at Colette’s
Present Laughter is a comic play written by Noël Coward. The play's title comes from a song in Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night, ‘O mistress mine’, which expresses the attitude of ‘live-for-the-present-moment’ ("present mirth hath present laughter”). The plot follows a few days in the life of the successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and his estranged wife, cope with a crazed young playwright, and overcome his impending mid-life crisis (since he has recently turned forty). The story was described by Coward as "a series of semi-autobiographical pyrotechnics”. Coward acknowledged that the central character, the egocentric libertine actor Garry Essendine, was a self-caricature, and deliberately based the comedy on a light-hearted self-mockery, with just a touch of serious self-censure. Having served the British government in intelligence work in the early years of the war., Coward was subsequently asked to entertain troops and civilians with his comedies, and keep morale high. Actually written before the war broke out, Present Laughter was first produced in Blackpool in September 1942, during Coward's wartime tour of Britain after returning to theatrical work.
All are welcome, although the comedy is adult and not suitable for children.