- Publisher: Oberon Masters
- Format: Hardback | 120 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 188mm x 20mm | 227g
- Publication date: 23 October 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1849431515
- ISBN 13: 9781849431514
- Edition statement: New.
"It seems a long way from Moliere to Ray Cooney. There are immense distances between the worlds of Aristophanes, Plautus, Georges Feydeau, Ben Travers, Joe Orton and Basil Fawlty. But as one of the oldest genres in the history of the theatre, farce bridges the gaps by generating gales of helpless belly laughter across the generations. Inspired by John Mortimer's observation that farce is 'tragedy played at a thousand revolutions a minute',Roger Foss embarks on a lightning tour of the rib-tickling world of confused characters, absurd situations, ruined reputations, sexual innuendo and bravura comic acting and fi nds out if farce really is a force to be reckoned with in the 21st century. The great creators and performers of farce are celebrated, most notably master farceur Ray Cooney, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2012, in essays that will inform and entertain both the aficionado and anyone with a sense of humour."
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Roger Foss is a former actor turned journalist, broadcaster and television presenter. As an actor, he worked extensively on stage, television and recording, and wrote pantomimes. As a journalist, over the decades he has written on theatre subjects for numerous publications, ranging from "The Stage" to "Debrett's." He was chief theatre critic for "What's On In London" magazine and for "Whatsonintheatre.com" and for three years edited "What's On Stage" magazine. He also created, produced and presented the UK's first theatre podcast for "Whatsonstage.com" and co-wrote "Harden's Theatregoers' Handbook." He is a regular broadcaster on theatre-related topics and his recent television work includes presenting for BBC London's "Inside Out." He is a member of the judging panel for the Offwestend.com awards, The Offies.
"A highly informative, and informed, guide to farce, full of wisdom and bad jokes, a long interview with Ray Cooney and a summary of fifty farces to see before you die (laughing)' What's On Stage 'For lovers of the art form, May the Farce Be with You will inevitably bring back many happy memories' British Theatre Guide 'A jolly tour de farce' The Stage "
Table of contents
LOL and the world LOLs with you More Farce Please, We're British A Conversation with Cooney The Man Who Made Queen Victoria Giggle Comedy of Terrors Let's Farce the Music Spent Farce? Fifty Farces to See Before You Die Laughing Bibliography of sources