The Big Drum

Arthur Wing Pinero (1855 - 1934)

Another Pinero play. Biting satire this time, ironic comedy - not a farce. The Big Drum, a novel being written by Phil, one of the main characters, is "an attempt to portray the struggle for notoriety—for self-advertisement—we see going on around us to-day." "Oh, I believe any world would content me that's totally different from the world I've lived in so long; any world that isn't flat and stale and stifling; that isn't made up of shams, and petty aims and appetites; any world that—well, such a world as you used to picture, Phil, when you preached your gospel to a selfish, common girl under the chestnuts in the Allée de Longchamp and the Champs-Elysées! ... I've been waiting—waiting for you—in my dreams—for ten years! "
- Summary by ToddHW

NOTE: There is an Author's Preface. Because it contains spoilers, it has been put at the end of the Act 4 file.

Cast list:
Philip Mackworth: Nemo
Sir Randle Filson, Knight: ToddHW
Bertram Filson (his son): Tomas Peter
Sir Timothy Barradell, Baronett: alanmapstone
Robert Roope: Adrian Stephens
Collingham Green: Larry Wilson
Leonard Westrip (Sir Randle's secretary): Shashank Jakhmola
Alfred Dunning (of Sillitoe and Dunning's Private Detective Agency): Son of the Exiles
Noyes (Mr. Roope's servant): Steven Fellows
Underwood (servant at Sir Randle's): KevinS
John (Mr. Mackworth's servant): Devorah Allen
Ottoline de Chaumié, Comtesse de Chaumié, née Filson: Eva Davis
Lady Filson: Sonia
Honourable Mrs. Godfrey Anslow: Leanne Yau
Mrs. Walter Quebec: TJ Burns
Miss Tracer (Lady Filson's secretary): Availle
Stage Directions: MichaelMaggs
Edited By: ToddHW

Genre(s): Plays

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Act 1 Group 00:55:15
Play 02 Act 2, Part 1 Group 00:38:01
Play 03 Act 2, Part 2 Group 00:41:27
Play 04 Act 3, Part 1 Group 00:42:58
Play 05 Act 3, Part 2 Group 00:43:08
Play 06 Act 4 Group 00:47:34