SAKI SHORTS


Book by DOMINIC McCHESNEY
Lyrics by DOMINIC McCHESNEY and JOHN GOULD
Music
by JOHN GOULD
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Hector Hugh Munro (his pseudonym "Saki" is taken from "The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam") was born in 1870 and was killed in the First World War in 1916. Although he wrote plays and novels he is best known for his 150 short stories. These are elegant, laid-back and frequently macabre comic masterpieces lampooning the social pretensions of the age.

 

It occurred to the writer Dominic McChesney that some of these stories might be suitable for dramatising with music and accordingly approached the composer John Gould.

 

From 1999 to 2003 a series of workshops resulted in the final version of the current script and Clovis Productions was formed to promote the project.

 

SAKI SHORTS was given its first performance on 3rd November 2003 at The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton.

 

SYNOPSIS

 

 

ACT ONE

 

1 CROQUET ON THE LAWN The company take us back to Edwardian times.

 

2 I'M NOT ONE TO PUT MYSELF FIRST Our host for the evening is Saki's glorious anti-hero Clovis Sangrail and he introduces himself

 

3 THE OPEN WINDOW A neurotic recovering from a mental breakdown has his peace of mind shattered by the vivid imagination of a teenage girl.

 

4 THE WAY TO THE DAIRY A close harmony trio warning of the dangers of acquisitive scheming.

 

5 THE BROGUE An extended playlet involving a runaway horse, a round of golf, a turkey and wedding bells.

 

6 TEA A cautionary tale in song by the whole company, lampooning a great British ritual.

 

ACT TWO

 

7 THE CHAPLET War in a grand restaurant between the chef and the leader of the orchestra.

 

8 THE SECRET SIN OF SEPTIMUS BROPE Scandal at a houseparty involving transepts, a yew tree and waltzes in Blackpool.

 

9 SREDNI VASHTAR This solo song is the one serious item in the programme. A boy and his pet polecat conquer adversity.

 

10 MRS PACKLETIDE'S TIGER A feisty socialite aims to upstage her rival by shooting tigers in India.

 

I1 COUSIN THERESA An incompetent dreamer-up of futile projects devises a music-hall routine which much to everyone's surprise sweeps the country.

 

12 Finale Clovis closes the proceedings and the company bid us farewell.

 

 

"Saki Shorts" is written for a cast of five (3M, 2 F) and a piano.

Reading copies of the script and a CD of the musical numbers are available from:

 

Chancel Productions,

6 Railway Street,

Brighton

BN1 3PF.


An original cast CD is also available from:

Dress Circle

http://www.dresscircle.com