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General topic / Re: Filming Locations of the Lost Boys
« Last post by BradleyP on October 10, 2017, 04:19:08 PM »
That's so interesting, Dani. Thanks for sharing that piece of information. I never knew that.
JMBarrie / Why does Barrie refer to specific books in many of his works?
« Last post by Rosalind Ridley on September 29, 2017, 09:35:38 AM »
J M Barrie often appears on his own works, some of which are overtly autobiographical, while in other works he is present as the narrator. But parts of his personality can also be seen in other characters e.g. Peter can be seen as Barrie’s fantasy of himself as a child. Several well-known books are mentioned in Barrie’s work and they are often not an essential part of the plot, suggesting that the books are there for some other reason. Captain Hook is described and having a copy of Roget’s Thesaurus, one of Barrie’s favourite works; Chrichton has the only book on the Island – a poetry book by W. E. Henley, where Henley was Barrie’s good friend; and, in Auld Licht Idylls, one man sheltering in a bothy has a copy of one of Darwin’s books, where I would argue that many post-Darwinian themes about human nature appear in Barrie’s books. Does Barrie sometimes indicate that a particular fictional character is, in fact, himself by making him the only character with a book? Can anyone think of other books that act as ‘badges’ indicating that the character is a personification of the author?
Database / Re: Notebooks
« Last post by Brutus on September 26, 2017, 01:07:19 PM »
Hi. I'm sorry that you are experiencing difficulties searching and viewing material on the database. The whole website is hopefully going to be updated and made easier to manoeuvre in the near future but it might take some time since the administrators can only do this in their spare time (of which they have little). In the meantime, the Beinecke Library might be able to help.

Database / Notebooks
« Last post by whoever on September 23, 2017, 08:16:02 PM »
Is there a possibility to view whole (transcribed) notebook pages? I am only able to view snippets and these snippets are only available via the search function. The search function itself is not very helpful, e. g. I cannot find the transcriptions of the fairy notes which (according to "Peter Pan" edited by Anne Hiebert-Alton) should be available on this site.
Peter Pan / Re: Screening of 1924 Peter Pan silent film
« Last post by Brutus on September 20, 2017, 07:02:40 PM »
Fantastic news, sounds like it will be a fun event. I've passed on the news to the JM Barrie Literary Society so that they can share the announcement on their Facebook page. Have you sent it to JM Barrie's Birthplace in Kirriemuir for their FB page also?
Peter Pan / Screening of 1924 Peter Pan silent film
« Last post by FOCHO on September 20, 2017, 09:06:57 AM »
There will be a screening of the classic 1924 silent film of Peter Pan in the Caird Hall, Dundee on Friday 24th November 2017 at 7.30 p.m.  Donald MacKenzie, organist of The Odeon, Leicester Square, London, will provide improvised accompaniment on the magnificent Caird Hall concert organ.

The film was the first screen adaptation of J M Barrie's stage play.  He wrote additional scenes for the cinema and personally chose the teenage Betty Bronson for the title role.  For many years it was thought that all copies had been lost - distributors destroyed reels when they no longer made money after the advent of the talkies.  However, in the 1950s a copy was found in the vaults of the Eastman School of Music.  Another was later discovered at the Disney Studios and both prints have been used to create a new restoration.  Directed by Herbert Brenon, the film stars Betty Bronson as Peter Pan, Ernest Torrence as Captain Hook, Mary Brian as Wendy, and Virginia Browne Faire as Tinker Bell.

This is a rare opportunity to see this classic of the cinema, and is sure to be a memorable night out for all the family.  Tickets are available from Dundee Box Office: 01382 434940,

Event organised by The Friends of the Caird Hall Organ, Scottish Charity SC041021
JMBarrie / Re: Furniture from Barrie's Adelphi flat
« Last post by Brutus on September 13, 2017, 08:24:47 AM »
It would be great if the chair could be acquired by a museum so that it could be enjoyed by the general public. Good luck with that and do keep us updated!
JMBarrie / Re: Furniture from Barrie's Adelphi flat
« Last post by Shhharpe on September 11, 2017, 06:02:11 PM »

Many apologies for my failure to respond to your message way back in January! I only just came upon it today along with the kind advice from 'Brutus'.

I am still keen to pass the lovely chair to a more worthy and perhaps more public owner. I was toying with the idea of popping it on eBay in the hope that a Barrie enthusiast might want it but as you and Brutus have both suggested the Scottish link/s, I feel I should follow those leads first - to keep it in the family, as it were.

Thank you so very much for responding to my post and apologies again for my failure to return to find your reply.

I will let you know what happens.

Kindest regards,
JMBarrie / New production of Dear Brutus November 2017!
« Last post by Brutus on September 10, 2017, 07:58:59 AM »
Southwark Theatre in London has just announced their new production of Dear Brutus, 29 November-30 December 2017.  From their website:

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

1917. In a remote English village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants – a mysterious old man – invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever…

From J. M. Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton and Quality Street, comes this haunting drama of self-revelation. Darkly comic, and presented in a sumptuous production for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is Barrie at his most magical."

More coverage about the announcement here:
Davies Family / The Mystery of Audrey Lucas
« Last post by Porto51 on August 18, 2017, 09:51:00 PM »
Dear all,

Thanks for inviting me in. I am researching the work of Audrey Lucas and her stage/play/novels and then her in the late 1920's, the thirties and BBC forties work up to 1943. There is some work noted after 1945, book reviews etc but not a lot. The BBC archives might lead to more.

In her day c.1927-1939 Audrey Lucas was a literary figure and a player in the London cultural and creative drama scene, and this should more recognised, except it is not.

I am aware of:

(a) The JMB connection:

(b) The Waugh connection, so I have been in touch there and:

(c) Her theatre background through two marraiges to Harold Scott and then DA Clarke Smith - both fine actors with long careers into the l950s and 1960s.

I am aware I might be walking on a few hot family coals and apologies in advance. EV Lucas of course wrote lot's of stuff and it is in Durham University. Audrey seems to have left nothing re her books and plays.

So any lines of enquiry would be welcome.

Many thanks

Prof Terry Rodgers

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