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A View From The Bridge
by Arthur Miller

Cast & Crew

Alfieri Phil Purkis
Eddie
Brian Harrap
Louis
Tony Janney
Mike
Tony Kranz
Catherine
Emily Salter
Beatrice
Karthryn Berrill
Lipari Matt Coe
Marco
Martin Winsley
Rodolpho
Scott Bradley
1st Immigration Officer
Paul Isaksen
2nd Immigration Officer
David Ashton
‘Submarine’
Elliott Furminger
Neighbour
Lynette Ashton

Director Rob Kendall
Stage Manager
Clare Brittain
Prompt
Mary Greaves
Lighting
Jo Nutt
Setting
Derek Banyard
Costumes
Clare Brittain, The Works
Setting
Rob Kendall
Box Office Manager
Mary Greaves
Front of House
Masque Theatre
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Tony Janney

A scene from A View From The Bridge.

Production No. 321

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PROGRAMME NOTES
Rob Kendall, director


"Better to settle for half... it must be."

Arthur Miller has described A View from the Bridge as a 'social play' but it is also very much concerned with the fatal flaw of the personal tragedy.

He wrote that a play to the Greeks of the classical period was "by definition a dramatic consideration of the way man ought to live".‘

View brings to the audience real questions about how we should obey the moral, often unwritten, laws of a community, in this instance, the Sicilian-American one.

The conflict in Miller’s form of tragedy here though is a personal one in the character of Eddie Carbone. His struggle is not between man and some irresistible fate but a struggle against social forces that can be changed or overcome. What Eddie is unable to see is how his un-realized passion for his niece, Katie, is his fatal flaw, but fixes on a quest for honour and his ‘name’ which he believes the Sicilian brothers, Marco and Rodolphe have taken from him. (ln fact when the play was produced in Paris the director thought a French audience would not accept Eddie's failure of self awareness and the final scene, and outcome of the play was rewritten by Miller to reflect that. Our version is the original l956 UK script).

Such is his life in Brooklyn with Beatrice and Catherine that Eddie has to have it all as it was before the brothers came. He is unable as Alfien, who acts likea Greek chorus to the events, says to 'settle for half'.

Miller believed that "the theatre is above all else an instrument of passion" and in this Eddie is given full rein.

13 - 16 February 2002
Northampton College Studio Theatre, Booth Lane, Northampton

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