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FA7034 - Pre-Production Proposals/Ideas

April 14, 2016

Monday 14th March 2016

Thoughts for Pre-Production

  • Vctorian/Edwardian England? Gilbert & Sullivan meets Gypsy Caravans?

  • A Victorian Theatre, combined with the look of a Gypsy caravan, to create a ‘stage’?

  • Ronald Seale drawings – inspirations for cardboard/wooden cut-outs

    • Paddington Bear also an inspiration - ORDER DVD

IDEA FOR PLOT:

  • The caravan drives on and stops; it is a Victorian ‘travelling theatre’, and an audience is ready, waiting for a theatrical performance.

  • A puppet (representing me) peers out of the front door announcing ‘health and safety’ etc. before disappearing back inside.

  • Music then starts, and the main character (me, the puppet) sings to the following tunes (with new lyrics, yet to be written). The cut-out characters, representing my closest family and friends, appear as they sing the chorus.

 

  • "When I Was A Lad" from HMS Pinafore:
     

  • Sir Joseph.
    When I was a lad I served a term
    As office boy to an Attorney's firm.
    I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,
    And I polished up the handle of the big front door.

  • Chorus.
    He polished up the handle of the big front door.

  • Sir Joseph.
    I polished up that handle so carefullee
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

  • Chorus.
    He polished up that handle so carefullee,
    That now he is the ruler of the Queen's Navee!

 

  • Sir Joseph.
    As office boy I made such a mark
    That they gave me the post of a junior clerk.
    I served the writs with a smile so bland,
    And I copied all the letters in a big round hand.
    Chorus.
    He copied all the letters in a big round hand.

  • Sir Joseph.
    I copied all the letters in a hand so free,
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

  • Chorus.
    He copied all the letters in a hand so free,
    That now he is the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

 

  • Sir Joseph.
    In serving writs I made such a name
    That an articled clerk I soon became;
    I wore clean collars and a brand-new suit
    For the pass examination at the Institute.

  • Chorus.
    For the pass examination at the Institute.

  • Sir Joseph.
    That pass examination did so well for me,
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

  • Chorus.
    That pass examination did so well for he,
    That now he is the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

 

  • Sir Joseph.
    Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip
    That they took me into the partnership.
    And that junior partnership, I ween,
    Was the only ship that I ever had seen.

  • Chorus.
    Was the only ship that he ever had seen.

  • Sir Joseph.
    But that kind of ship so suited me,
    That now I am the ruler of the Queen's Navee!

  • Chorus.
    But that kind of ship so suited he,
    That now he is the ruler of the Queen's Navee!

 

  • Sir Joseph.
    I grew so rich that I was sent
    By a pocket borough into Parliament.
    I always voted at my party's call,
    And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.

  • Chorus.
    He never thought of thinking for himself at all.

  • Sir Joseph.
    I thought so little, they rewarded me
    By making me the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

  • Chorus.
    He thought so little, they rewarded he
    By making him the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

 

 

  • Sir Joseph.
    Now landsmen all, whoever you may be,
    If you want to rise to the top of the tree,
    If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool,
    Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.

  • Chorus.
    Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.

  • Sir Joseph.
    Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
    And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navee!

  • Chorus.
    Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
    And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navee!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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