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She Stoops to Conquer is a comedy written by Oliver Goldsmith, an Irish Author remembered for his novels, plays and poems such as The Deserted Village, The . Oliver Goldsmith was born into a lower a stage comedy, She Stoops to. Conquer. By reputation, Goldsmith was brilliant but insecure, and well-meaning and. R She Stoops to Conquer. Directed by Martha Henry, he Stratford Festival, Avon heatre, Stratford, ON, May October 10, S he Stoops to Conquer.

Tony is only to happy to help, since the disappearance of Constance will put an end to his mothers meddling in his love life.

All does not go according to plan though. Having successfully retrieved the jewels from his mother, Tony Lumpkin gives the jewels to Hastings, who sends them to Marlow for safe keeping.

Marlow not understanding the significance of the casket then gives the jewels to a servant to stow away securely. The jewels end up back with their keeper, Mrs. In the end, Hastings and Miss Neville are forced to come clean and declare their love.

Hardcastle then reveals that he is already of age, a fact that Mrs. Hardcastle has been keeping from him, and the play ends with two sets of lovers rightfully betrothed to one another. He is very fond of his daughter Kate and is keen for her to marry Marlow.

Hardcastle is a somewhat ridiculous character who enjoys meddling in the affairs of others. Desperate to marry off her son to her niece, in order to keep the family jewels, she is selfish and foolish.

Hardcastle from her previous marriage. Fond of drinking and making mischief, Lumpkin amuses himself by causing havoc for others. Hardcastle wants her to marry her cousin Tony Lumpkin. In the end, Constance wins. Hardcastle, Sir Charles is as keen as his friend for his son and Kate to be married. Marlow is struck dumb when in the company of ladies of social standing. Hardcastle who wants Constance to marry her son Tony. The class that a person belonged to was decided by their wealth, the upper classes were the richest whilst the lower classes were the poorest.

The middle and upper classes enjoyed the finest food, liquor and fashion available while the lower classes struggled to survive. Smallpox was one of the most common illnesses. During the eighteenth century it killed an estimated 60 million Europeans. A contagious disease, it was easily passed from person to person in cramped houses and streets. When a sick person from the lower class went to hospital to seek medical help, they were often met with prejudice and ignored in favour or patients with higher social standing.

They would often go hungry and in very low times bread was all they could get their hands on to eat. In the cities the poor people lived on the streets or in small, dirty houses with many children sharing a bed. In the countryside, farmers and their families were forced to share shelters with their livestock.

Their homes were often made of soil, dirt or pieces of wood lashed together. Amongst the poor however, women too sought employment.

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Generally though, women were kept busy with the housework and other jobs - cooking, brewing ale, knitting, washing, teaching their young, gardening and making butter.

Some women chose to set up shops in the market and sell different products. This helped the income a lot in the lower class families. In the countryside, men were employed in physical work on farms — ploughing, planting and harvesting.

The likelihood of a school staying open was greatly increased if the school was attended by children from wealthy families. In this way, education was only readily available to those who could afford it and the poor, unable to become educated and increase their chances of a better working life, were kept at the bottom of the social classes. University was only open to men.

She Stoops to Conquer; Or, The Mistakes of a Night: A Comedy by Oliver Goldsmith

The women of the upper class wore nothing but the best material and the finest crafted outfits. First they put on their linen shirts. These shirts hung down below their knees.

They then tied a string around their waist fastening the shirt.

The corset was next. A corset was a tightly fastened body suit made of cloth and either metal or whalebone strips.

This device was used to shape the body into any figure desired. The figure of the time was comparable to an hourglass.

Big on the top and bottom, but skinny in the middle. Most women are not naturally shaped like this so much strain was put on the body when a corset was worn. Women did a lot of damage to their bodies like tearing skin, and even bruising internal organs. It has also been noted that one woman actually died because her corset was tied too tight. Men usually shaved their heads and then wore wigs, as wigs were much easier to manage than a real head of hair.

Men were rarely seen without their wigs on if they owned one. Also many wore three point cocked hats. Three piece suits were definitely the most common attire for men. Some even carried canes. What are the challenges that you face in directing this play? One of the first things is making sure the play reaches out to a contemporary audience and feels fresh and alive.

We also need to make sure that we understand the period and where the play has come from well enough to do it justice — the manners, the etiquette and the protocol of the time. In your opinion, what is this play really about? The thing that feels most potent to me and that I know that Goldsmith was interested in is the tension between town and country and class difference.

Also the snobbery that is born out of that tension — the difference between country living and town living and also the aspiration of wanting to transcend a barrier and become something other. Or, someone wishing to transcend class and discovering the tension as a result of that desire is brought brilliantly to light by the play and feels very resonant now. I know that this play goes to the heart of that current feeling.

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The other thing, which comes absolutely from Goldsmith — he was an individual who found it difficult to operate in public — is shyness and fear. The expectation that we put on young people to find matches, and the expectation that we put on a young man specifically in this instance to woo and court and find a perfect match to woo his Kate and what happens as a result of those expectations.

What do you think is the central question at the heart of the play? For example, Mrs. Hardcastle wants refined pleasures; she wants to transcend the rambling mansion that she lives in and to refine it, and she wants her husband to be more refined.

She wants the world she lives in to be more fashionable. Hardcastle wants peace as well. He wants people to stop making demands on him. So is it a question of compromise? To release him.

Was that his original thought do you suppose — star crossed lovers and people pretending to be other than they are? The original title suggests that it was just that — this middle class pursuit and it was just these little mistakes that they would get over. Kate is no accident or arbitrary choice in terms of character name. Goldsmith wants us to see the echo of Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, and possible to view this play as a counterpoint — the tamer being tamed.

What does Mrs. Hastings conceals his disappointment that Mrs. Hardcastle has the jewels back and leaves. Hardcastle enters and begins to argue with Marlow, whose servants have gotten drunk. Marlow is confused by this remark, but at that moment, Kate enters. Marlow, beginning to understand something is amiss, asks Kate where they are, and she tells him that they are at Mr.

Marlow is horrified at his error. Kate does not yet reveal her true identity, pretending instead to be a poor relation of the family. Marlow announces his departure, and Kate weeps at the news. He is touched to see how much she cares about him. Tony and Constance discuss her plan to elope with Hastings, even without the jewels.

A letter comes from Hastings addressed to Tony, but because Tony cannot read, his mother reads it to him. The letter reveals the plan for the elopement. Hastings enters and yells at Tony for giving away the secret. Marlow enters and yells at both Tony and Hastings for deceiving him about where he is. Constance is utterly distraught and begs Hastings to stay faithful to her even if they have to wait several years to marry.

After Constance leaves, Tony tells Hastings to meet him in the garden in two hours, promising to make it all up to him. Marlow enters and formally apologizes to Hardcastle. When Hardcastle refuses to believe him, Marlow storms out.

Kate enters and assures the two fathers that Marlow likes her. Hardcastle is terrified, thinking they are lost in dangerous territory. Hastings rushes off to find Constance. Elsewhere in the garden, Hastings tries to convince Constance to elope with him.

She says she is too exhausted from the stress of the night to run off. Instead she wants to explain their situation to Hardcastle and hope that he can influence his wife to allow their marriage.

Kate no longer pretends to be a barmaid, but speaks in her normal voice. Marlow says he wishes he could stay with her, but he does not want to disappoint his family by marrying someone of lower birth. Kate tells him she has the same background as the woman he came to see. Marlow kneels before her, and the two fathers burst out from behind the screen, asking why he lied to them about his feelings for Kate.

Hardcastle and Tony enter Mrs. Hardcastle having realized where she is. At that moment, however, Hastings and Constance enter. Sir Charles recognizes Hastings and tells Hardcastle that he is a good man. Hardcastle then reveals that Mrs. While her irst lines on stage as Mrs. In both scenes, Peacock executed the frustrated bundle of nervous energy that is Mrs. Hardcastle with perfect zeal and enthusiasm.

Hardcastle was also top notch. Robinson R daughter. Tyrone Savage as George Hastings acted especially well when he conveyed his desire for Constance through a clever bit of by-play: taking a light chair positioned between himself and Constance and pressing it toward and against her as he discussed their planned elopement. When playing the role of a bar maid, Beaty donned a simple striped cotton dress and white apron—a sartorial shit that proves almost just enough to delude her un- suspecting beau.

In the inal assessment, however, this production, while pleasant, at- tractive, and made with the best ingredients, wanted zing—the zestful ap- peal that its presentation promised. Aesthetic self-relexivity and the shattering of expectations gave way, in the end, to a conservative modus operandi, one that felt all too familiar, ordered, and secure.

While audience members clapped rhythmically as the characters ended the drama with a dance, it was a gesture that felt more programmed than impromptu. She Stoops to Conquer teaches, in part, that ine women, while they may be Likewise, to be appreciated, comedic art requires interactive and sometimes irreverent play. Paraschuk knows this. To have seen this conception borne out in the drama as a whole would have made for not just a pleasing production but a truly outstanding one.

Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays.The near-universal disdain for the scene led it be cut from future performances, while the work of a colleague, Hugh Kelly's False Delicacy, was immensely popular. Sir Charles recognizes Hastings and tells Hardcastle that he is a good man. To have seen this conception borne out in the drama as a whole would have made for not just a pleasing production but a truly outstanding one. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. So is it a question of compromise?

Consider the various styles used by soap operas — Hollyoaks uses a very different style to Coronation Street. Each of the above, from the projected painting and the kitten, to the framed images and the revolving platform, called attention to the drama as a work of art, a symbolic and compositional construct.

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