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Feb 6, 2019
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Posted by: Keith Nuttall

NEXT PRODUCTION

'ALLO ALLO' directed by Jennie Scott-Reid , to be performed on Friday 31st May, Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June, at Clavering Village Hall

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La Ronde (Schnitzler)

This is an 1897 play, initially circulated among friends. It was performed publicly after two decades, arousing strong reactions. Schnitzler, was personally attacked as a Jewish pornographer and the episode came to be known as the "Reigen Scandal".

The play scrutinizes the sexual morals and class ideology of its day, through a series of encounters between pairs of characters shown before, and after, the act of sex. By choosing characters across all levels of society, the play is also a social comment on how sexual contact overcomes boundaries of class.

Both the German 'Reigen' and the French 'Ronde' mean 'round dance'; like the English nursery rhyme 'Ring a Ring o' Roses'. Other European languages also have versions ending in 'all fall down'. This is taken to relate to one of the controversial themes of the play - the transmission of syphilis across different layers of society.

The play takes place in Vienna in the 1890's and consists of ten love scenes between pairs of people. There are ten characters, each playing in two adjacent scenes (counting the last as adjacent to the first). The play starts with 'The Whore and The Soldier', followed by 'The Soldier and The Parlour Maid', and so on in this fashion until making full circle with 'The Whore' back in the first scene.