The
Shaw
Society

Venue

Next Meeting Monday 22nd May 7.30

 

The Actors Centre

1a Tower Street,

off Earlham Street, London WC2H 9NP

Nearest tube stations are

Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square and a number of buses pass close by, including the 14, 19, 24,

29, 38 and 176.  

 

Visitors are welcome to all our meetings entrance fee is £10, Members £5

 

 

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Filming Major Barbara

a talk by Barbara Roisman Cooper

with readings by Stephe Grief

 

Shaw was 84 by the time filming of the Hollywood film of Major Barbara began in 1940. The Second World War was at its most disruptive and locations were often reduced to rubble before filming was complete.  Shaw was frequently on-set and according to Michael Holroyd “pulling handles …. spreading silent but expensive chaos”.  

 

Holroyd recounts that some of the best acting came from GBS in a three-minute visual prologue made for American audiences.  Shaw recorded a preface that was seen by many Americans as a rallying call for them to come and fight.  

 

Ronald Neame was the cinematographer on Major Barbara and it is the ghost-writer of his autobiography Straight from the Horse’s Mouth, California-based  Barbara Roisman Cooper, who is the speaker at our  May meeting.     She writes “Ronnie photographed GBS for the introductory remarks that were handwritten by GBS and then the signature, in which Shaw’s hand can be seen.”  Barbara has some delightful  anecdotes about Shaw and film stars Rex Harrison, Wendy Hiller and Robert Morley.  These  will be  read by actor Stephen Grief, known for his roles as Travis in Blake’s 7 and  Tooting mob-boss Harry Fenning in the hugely popular UK sitcom Citizen Smith.   

 

The evening will provide entertaining insights into a magical period in Hollywood history that so captivated Shaw with his love of all things photographic, mechanical and futuristic.  The talk will be followed by an open discussion between the audience and the speaker.

 

 

Call for Papers

H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw:

Socialism and the Irrational

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