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Ghosts, girls and the grandiose: Blithe Spirit

Ghosts, girls and the grandiose: Blithe Spirit

Noel Coward’s 1940s play is at its heart a comedy about ghosts. Originally written and performed during the height of the Second World War, the text omits any mention of the embattled world instead focusing on the internal human struggles of love, jealousy, betrayal and understanding. Black Swan State Theatre Company’s 2015 staging under director […]

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Noël Coward, no coward

Noël Coward, no coward

A multi-faceted entertainer whose wit and whimsy have influenced theatre, music and film for over a century, the man who would one day become Sir Noël Peirce Coward was born in the London suburb of Middlesex in 1899 to parents Violet and Arthur. Coward wrote, directed and starred in dozens of plays, musicals and films throughout […]

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Director Jeffrey Jay Fowler talks Blithe Spirit

Director Jeffrey Jay Fowler talks Blithe Spirit

One of Noel Coward’s most memorable comedies is to be resurrected by Black Swan State Theatre Company this July. ‘Blithe Spirit’ tells the tale of writer Charles Condomine, who contacts a clairvoyant while researching his latest novel. Charles, hoping to find inspiration by contacting the dead, instead finds his deceased wife, Elvira, has returned to […]

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