He insists that he must study Merrick further; Ross agrees, for a fee. The freak show travels to Brussels after being driven out of London by the police. Merrick tries to converse with three freak show "pinheads", or people suffering from microcephaly and mental retardation. The "pinheads" go onstage to sing "We Are the Queens of the Congo", but the police will not allow Merrick to perform, because they consider his condition "indecent". Ross decides that Merrick is more trouble than he is worth, steals his savings, and sends him back to London.
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Shelves: genre-memoir-biography , classic , school , genre-drama-tragedy , genre-poetry-prose-rhyming , histiorical , want-to-own , groundbreaking , , genre-nonfiction My high school put this play on during my 11th grade year and I read it at that time.
The play meant alot to me because several of my friends were acting in the play and it was talked about alot. It was one of the first serious plays that I saw in my little town. Our school had an excellent drama teacher that could have gone anywhere in the country and it was a high school performance, but it was a well done production staring high school kids. Salter really was an amazing teacher and he My high school put this play on during my 11th grade year and I read it at that time.
Salter really was an amazing teacher and he energized so many kids to be interested in a history of theatre and culture not typical in our small town. I am left still feeling the need to see it on the stage.
This short, spare script moves rapidly through twenty-one scenes. Some of the scenes are less than two typed pages. Nevertheless, I found the play very moving. The surgeon, Frederick Treves, parallels Merrick in importance. All the lines end in "like me.
Kendal says, "Well. He is gentle, almost feminine. Cheerful, honest within limits, a serious artist in his way. He is almost like me. For I know he is discreet. Like me. Treves later says: "Yet he makes all of us think he is deeply like ourselves. I conclude that we have polished him like a mirror, and shout hallelujah when he reflects us to the inch.
I have grown sorry for it. In the last scene of the play, the administrator for The London Hospital is reading his report to the investors about the death of Merrick.
He was highly intelligent. He had an acute sensibility; and worst for him, a romantic imagination. No, no. Never mind. I am really not certain of any of it.
I think it was to say that he was a man.
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