More than Meets the Eye

by Anna on April 22, 2011

in Christopher Fry, Rehearsal Blog, The Lady's Not for Burning

Fascinating discussions during our table work last night.  What Fry pulls off in this play is really quite remarkable.  Not only is it a delightful and humane comedy full of life-affirming exuberance, it is also a rather anarchic critique about societies (like ours) that go to war.  What kind of bravery does it take to defy a power structure you know is in the wrong?  When we choose to ignore or distract ourselves from the existence of wrong-doing, do we not make ourselves complicit in the wrong-doing itself?  How many of us truly have the courage of our convictions?  Deep and discomfiting questions like these are at the heart of Fry’s play.  And how each character answers these questions is what makes the story so compelling.

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Jared April 24, 2011 at 8:48 am

I’m glad rehearsal went well:) It siezes to amaze me how much I take out of each rehearsal we go into!
I love the question of “What kind of bravery does it take to defy a power structure you know is wrong?”
Bravery is definitely a characteristic that is lacking in the society of The Lady’s Not For Burning. It’s the characters obstacle of their fear that keeps them from being able to move forward and defy the structure:)


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