The Wise Man Knows

The Wise Man Knows by Ivan Phillips

14 April 2012

Also performed at the Sawston and Haynes festivals and to the Wyndham Lewis Society.

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‘The fool doth think he is wise,

but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.’

Shakespeare, As You Like It.

The Settlement Players entry in the RSC’s Open Stages project, which “aims to embrace, develop and celebrate amateur theatre”.
Following a call for Shakespeare-themed pieces, the Settlement Players’ Ivan Phillips, wrote and directed a new one act play, The Wise Man Knows.

With a chorus featuring the three witches from Macbeth (as you’ve never seen them before!), the play explores themes of greatness, nationalism, politics, creativity and history through a Shakespearean lens.

Set in 1931, the play is based around the meeting between the artist and writer Wyndham Lewis and a London based member of the Nazi party, Dr Hans Wilhelm Thost. Lewis, co-founder of the vorticist movement, had visited Germany in 1930 and written a book representing Hitler as ‘a man of peace’. The only record of what was discussed during the meeting are a few references in Lewis’s anti Hitler book, The Hitler Cult, published in 1939. This publication was too late to save Wyndham Lewis’ reputation.

Cast

Ruth: Sonia Weston

Wanda: Liane Welch

Callie: Abigail Sage

Hans-Wilhelm Thost: Stuart Cocks

Wyndham Lewis: Douglas Harding

Froanna Lewis: Amanda Thurman

Crew

Director: Ivan Phillips

Stage Manager: John Baskerville

ASM: Caro Hart and Tyrone Sann

Lighting: Dave Rosbottom

Sound: Robert Evans

Prompt: Alice Ashbrook

Costumes: Pat Baskerville and Liane Welch


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Awards

Bedfordshire (Haynes) Drama Festival 2012:

Best Production
Best Actor: Douglas Harding

Sawston Drama Festival 2012:

Stage Design
Best Supporting Actor/Actress: Amanda Thurman