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Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby Anthony Appleyard » 03 Jul 2017, 08:56

Please how can I get a full copy of the play script "Curtains For Biggles" by Simon Luckhurst as described in http://www.simonluckhurst.com/biggles.php ? I emailed him about it just now and the message was bounced "email box full".
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby Fairblue » 03 Jul 2017, 09:08

The forum itself doesn't have any contacts with any official or unofficial organisations or bodies, AA. It's very much down to the individual members how they obtain material. But you've made a good start by asking. Someone here might be able to help. I 'm afraid I don't have a clue,though. I've been after it for years too.
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby Tommy Smith » 03 Jul 2017, 12:01

Possibly here althought I know nothing about it
https://australianplays.org/script/ASC-538
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby Fairblue » 03 Jul 2017, 13:08

Tommy Smith wrote:Possibly here althought I know nothing about it
https://australianplays.org/script/ASC-538

Thank you very much for this, TS. Here you can sign up for a free trial and read the script online. If you want to purchase a PDF of the play it would cost you AUD $14.
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby Anthony Appleyard » 29 Jul 2017, 15:45

For a while the advertisement for this play included the start of the text of the script as a taster. Since many people in this forum have likely seen that bit of the script, is it allowed to start discussing that bit of the script here?
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby Kismet » 29 Jul 2017, 16:02

I don't see why not. Does anyone else have a view?
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby Fairblue » 29 Jul 2017, 17:03

I don't see why not at all. Just like discussing a trailer for a film.
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby Anthony Appleyard » 29 Jul 2017, 18:12

Oh well here goes. In it, Biggles, now aged over 100 in a nursing home, complains about being reduced to waiting for "a ghastly bus". It seems to me that this expression will turn out to have one of two meanings:

(1) The word "ghastly" is merely abusive, and he does not like being reduced to catching buses instead of having aeroplanes and cars at his use.

(2) "Ghastly" here has its older use as "ghostly", "paranormal", and its destination is no Earthly place, and its driver is Charon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charon_(mythology)
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby Kismet » 29 Jul 2017, 23:03

It could be used either way. I think I would go with it being a slang term to describe something which makes one feel horror, but certainly, given Biggles is aged over 100, there is only one likely destination for the bus so I'm probably meant to pick up the supernatural overtones to the word.too.
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 30 Jul 2017, 13:36

Kismet wrote:It could be used either way. I think I would go with it being a slang term to describe something which makes one feel horror, but certainly, given Biggles is aged over 100, there is only one likely destination for the bus so I'm probably meant to pick up the supernatural overtones to the word.too.


I tend to agree, but I'm not sure if I've heard the 'ghastly/ghostly' link before. Mind you, Biggles & Co often use the term to denote an outcome one is not happy with, lol. Also, I do remember a comedy/feelgood movie from the 80's/90's [but not the title] where folks are waiting for a bus to take them to the 'great beyond' etc. As to the Biggles Play, I really enjoyed it [have listened a few times over the years], & imho the script captured more than a few elements very well. :D
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby Wanderer » 31 Jul 2017, 00:46

OzBiggles1963 wrote:... I do remember a comedy/feelgood movie from the 80's/90's [but not the title] where folks are waiting for a bus to take them to the 'great beyond' etc....

I suspect that might be the Meryl Streep movie Defending Your Life (1991): see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101698/?re ... lmg_act_54. The underlying story is that you only go to heaven if you have achieved by overcoming all your fears, which must bode well for Biggles & Co. :-)
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 31 Jul 2017, 08:46

Wanderer wrote:
OzBiggles1963 wrote:... I do remember a comedy/feelgood movie from the 80's/90's [but not the title] where folks are waiting for a bus to take them to the 'great beyond' etc....

I suspect that might be the Meryl Streep movie Defending Your Life (1991): see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101698/?re ... lmg_act_54. The underlying story is that you only go to heaven if you have achieved by overcoming all your fears, which must bode well for Biggles & Co. :-)


Wow, that sounds like a great movie too! I've just remembered the star in this movie was a young Robert Downey Jnr [i.e. pre Iron Man days, lol], & after trawling through his profile, this is the movie I remember: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107091/?re ... lmg_act_63

It seems there are quite a few 'afterlife movies', in fact this one was made just after WW2 with David Niven, & is my favourite in this 'ghostly' genre:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038733/?ref_=nv_sr_1
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Re: Play script "Curtains For Biggles"

Postby Anthony Appleyard » 03 Aug 2017, 05:42

See my first message :: one important question is, that Simon Luckhurst should attend to his email intray.
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