One Season’s King / Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered

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One Seasons King

“One Season’s King” a one-act play by George MacEwan Green, to be the central part of an evening’s entertainment for The Midhurst Player’s next production.  (Dates and venue to be confirmed).

The play is unusual and evocative, with a simple stage setting, stylized presentation and a formalized dance sequence.  There are moments of humour, sadness and rivalry as the three men in the life of a charismatic woman retell their stories. They remember the sequence of their lives as their paths crossed and re-crossed, finally leading them to an autumnal funeral and an unexpected death sequence in a country graveyard.  The tension between Charles, Edward and Sam springs not only from their rivalry for Eveline’s favours but also from their sense of class and their expectations from life.

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.

The first part of this evening’s entertainment is a story concerned with love, rivalry, hope and expectation between men and a woman. This gave us the clue for the second half of the show. We would look at the relationships between men and women – where the quest for love and affection, sparked by initial attraction may encounter all sorts of agony and ecstasy, pitfalls and recriminations along the way. This ‘Battle of the Sexes’, of course, forms the story line of many well known musicals, including ‘Guys and Dolls’, ’South Pacific’ and ‘My Fair Lady’.

As a drama society the Midhurst Players are particularly good at putting over the sentiments of songs. So we were especially drawn to melodies which have evocative and clever lyrics. The programme we have put together is helped along by comment and reflection and touches upon the many moods bound up with how women see men, how men see women and their need for each other. It goes without saying that, in this arrangement, there is no straight line plot or simple resolution on offer – ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’ is an apt description, but with a good dash of optimism thrown in!