‘The Big Drum’ by Arthur Wing Pinero

Another Pinero play. Biting satire this time, ironic comedy – not a farce. The Big Drum, a novel being written by Phil, one of the main characters, is “an attempt to portray the struggle for notoriety—for self-advertisement—we see going on around us to-day.” “Oh, I believe any world would content me that’s totally different from the world I’ve lived in so long; any world that isn’t flat and stale and stifling; that isn’t made up of shams, and petty aims and appetites; any world that—well, such a world as you used to picture, Phil, when you preached your gospel to a selfish, common girl under the chestnuts in the Allée de Longchamp and the Champs-Elysées! … I’ve been waiting—waiting for you—in my dreams—for ten years! “

I play the Honourable Mrs. Godfrey Anslow.

The Big Drum by Arthur Wing Pinero

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