The Elephant Man. by Bernard Pomerance. Full Length Play, Drama / 6m, 2f. John Merrick is a horribly deformed young man – victim of rare skin and bone. Super Short Summary. Joseph Merrick is a freak show attraction because he is severely deformed. Doctor Frederick Treves takes him into the London hospital. The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed.

Author: Yodal Jutaxe
Country: Poland
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Sex
Published (Last): 19 August 2004
Pages: 156
PDF File Size: 3.35 Mb
ePub File Size: 16.79 Mb
ISBN: 686-3-23275-659-4
Downloads: 13731
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Samuro

Kendal says that she will bring some of her friends to meet Merrick, then shakes his hand and tells him how truly pleased she is to meet him.

Want to Read saving…. You mean unlike most tje I am famous for it, that is really all.

Views Read Edit View history. Keen to pomerabce the play now. Seen as a freak by society, his life changes when young physician Frederick Treves agrees to care for him.

The Elephant Man | Samuel French

Retrieved from ” https: Beautifully written as well. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Frederick Treves, a surgeon who helps him escape the freak show and Jones. Under the care of celebrated young bernqrd Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream — to become a man like any other. May 07, Noah rated it liked it.

To ask other readers questions about The Elephant Manplease sign up. Now that I can afford it.


No matter how hard he tries he cannot help them, just as he cannot help Merrick. It must be read carefully and is totally worth a reread. I think it was to say that he was a man. A quick and affecting read – The play manages to stir sympathy and understanding without any overdramatics. Zelda at the Oasis. Treves has a nightmare that he has been put on display while Merrick delivers a lecture about his terrifying normality, his rigidity, and the acts of cruelty he can commit upon others “for their own good”.

Read when Ryan visitedeasy to read play that still sparked many questions. The pacing was awkward and a bit unclear with Merrick’s life in the hospital. Phillip’s church, having to work with his one good hand.

These are the words Frederick Treves used to describe Joseph Merrick sometimes mistakenly named as Johnone of the most famous figures of the Victorian era, in The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences Overall, an okay play that almost forces the reader to go and rent the movie once again. Still, there is enormous importance in the revelations regarding society’s reaction to disfigurement.

Treves says that it is just the way things are. This play, a bernatd read of just over pages, has pomeranfe of that emotion and characterization. About the treatment and idea of the Other.

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance and directed by Rick Sebastian (Matinee)

The dialogue and implications are important and influential in this play pomeeance I only had the pleasure mab read and not see. If one tries to forget the discrepancies and unfortunate interpretations of Merrick’s character, Pomerance’s play is absolutely an interesting piece of fringe theatre. Samuel French The Elephant Man. Fiction about real people is in many ways problematic.


Moving, heartbreaking, inspirational and a lovely, lovely read! Kendal that he needs a mistress and elpehant that he would like her to do that for him. The “pinheads” go onstage to sing “We Are the Queens of the Congo”, but the police will not allow Merrick to perform, because they consider his condition “indecent”.

It is an exploration of Victorian England and the mores of the time.

Under the care of a famous young doctor, who educ “The Elephant Man” is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Cheerful, honest within limits, a serious artist in his way.

BBC Radio 4 Extra – Bernard Pomerance – The Elephant Man

That feeling worsened when after the tour I checked the show dates at a ticket booth and noticed the play had closed just on the previous day. Women, little understood either, can sympathize. She undresses and allows him to see her naked body. A horribly deformed young man — victim of rare skin and bone diseases — he becomes the pomearnce freak attraction in traveling sideshows.

Bernard Pomerance – The Elephant Man

No one with any history of back trouble should attempt the part of Merrick as contorted. This is a great script that leads to a very powerful production on-stage.

An enjoyable read with some scorching lines. The best line of the entire play, ” It later played in repertory at the National Theatre in London.