|Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Bella Manningham|
are enlivening by two unknown actors. Out of
costume, it was another day of rehearsal.
|There he is, the actor in the role of|
Inspector Rough in Angel Street.
For me to complete the group caricature drawing, there was some preparation. I sat in and observed the actors during their final rehearsals and the dress rehearsal. Of the live performers, I had to determine what might be among their memorable scenes, characteristics, whatever individual kinks for a collective portrait. I took camera images; the actors volunteered to pose for the picture. The interior design of the drawing had to be similar to the carefully arranged set decoration. I took photographs of everything necessary, an involvement that had me walking about the set design.
|For the group caricature drawing project, I took photos of the set design. The young actress who was starring as a parlor maid, Nancy in the play, posed for me in performing one of her duties in her role.|
In the story of the play, an aged 30-ish woman, Bella was impelled by her new husband, Jack Manningham to move into a vacated house on Angel Street. There is an unpleasant memory in the neighborhood; years before a wealthy elderly woman was slain in the same house the Manningham are residing. The typical upper-middle class English couple is content to carry on with their lives, there are, however, troubling complications testing the marriage. The wife was behaving oddly in repeated acts of forgetfulness and misplacing items. The lady of the house seemingly imagines noises in the attic; footsteps are in her hearing; someone is walking about in it. The reoccurrence of these strange sounds is indeed maddening. She became emotionally unbalanced and distressed, wondering what is happening to her mentally.
Mr. Manningham sought to maintain his composure, offering his spouse mild to sharp rebukes, some kind words and bearing up with her increasing insanity. It seems like Bella would be heading to one of those West London asylums any day now. As the wife sinks more into a state of craziness, the husband has been increasing in his activity of craftiness. He is operating a wicked plan stirring in greed, cunning deceit, and murder. In the 1930's the British employed a term gaslighting when a person is willful, methodically causing another's mental illness. If you have not seen the play or films, I won't anymore spoil it for you. However, you probably are figuring out why Hamilton used Gas Light as the title of his thriller establishing the setting in 1880 when gas lamps frequently lit the homes of Londoners.
Before this posting, I searched as much possible for information and came up empty, zero connecting dots in aiding my recollection. A reason why I did not include this aspect of my freelance art career in my book, The Deserting Caricature Artist, which is available for sale at Smashwords. Of those who were involved in this late 1990's small stage production, it is my gratitude for your artistic contributions, you put on an excellent show, you have my regards. There are a few more photos below. If you notice anyone here from the drawing or photographs, please feel free to let then know, thank you for visiting.
|The final group caricature portrait featuring the entire cast; from left to right the arresting police officers, Jack and Bella Manningham, tip-toeing Elizabeth, Rough the persistent detective and Nancy.|
|Nancy and Inspector Roughly share a laugh with a cast member who likely served as one of the|
law officers in the theater play. An unknown child of one of the production staff walks
out onto to the stage during a break from the rehearsal.