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March 2005


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Tysoe Marionette Group

Just because we have not appeared in the Tysoe Record for the past two months does not mean we have gone to sleep.  Far from it, for we are continuing to work up our new production of Paul Gallico’s “Love of Seven Dolls”.  This has included researching the life of Paul Gallico himself, the better to interpret his work.  And we had some surprises!  Born in New York in 1897, the son of an immigrant Italian father and an Austrian mother, he started his writing career as a sports reporter, coming to the US public’s attention following his 87 seconds in the ring before being knocked out cold by Jack Dempsey the then heavyweight World Champion!  Gallico believed that personal experience heightens narrative.

He always had a desire to become a writer of fiction, so, despite fame and success in the US sports pages, moved in 1937 to Europe, and eventually made his home in Antibes until his death in 1975.  This is the period during which he wrote the touching short stories best known to UK readers including: “The Snow Goose”, “The Small Miracle”, “Jenny, the Story of a Cat” and “Love of Seven Dolls”. Gallico was a master of concise English and went to endless pains to define his characters, which greatly facilitates our realisation of this tough and tender story on our scaled-down ‘stage of life’.

Our premier is planned for June.  Watch this space!

We still need one or two more volunteers to assist us with all aspects of this magnum opus.  Please contact:

Jon and Ann Beeny on Tysoe 680431, or

Email:  JonandAnn@annbeeny.f9.co.uk

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