The Elephant Man. by Bernard Pomerance. Full Length Play, Drama / 6m, 2f. John Merrick is a horribly deformed young man – victim of rare skin and bone. Super Short Summary. Joseph Merrick is a freak show attraction because he is severely deformed. Doctor Frederick Treves takes him into the London hospital. The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed.

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The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance

Open Preview See a Problem? Merrick dissolves into tears as Treves tells Mrs. Oct 07, Elephany rated it really liked it. The play itself is wonderfully written, but leaves a lot of room for directors input. When he asks Treves if he’s forgotten anything, Treves says, “Well.

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However, when she sees Merrick taking a bath, she bernadd from the room and refuses to take the job. Ross makes one final pathetic plea to Merrick, who refuses him, saying that’s just the way things are. Kendal—all comment upon pomeramce, in different ways, they see themselves reflected in him.

Beautiful, brilliant and moving, The Elephant Man play by Bernard Pomerance is a sensitive look into John Merrick’s mind, what his thoughts and feelings might have been.

The Elephant Man

Even after he sees a woman naked for the first time, his comments and the scene in general seem rushed and lacking the pathos it could have had.

It is truly a tragedy, regarding the poor life of this innocent man. A short play on a fairly well-known topic, I liked the insights that people derived from the interaction with the protagonist. The idea that the hospital’s sanitizing of Mxn didn’t allow him the authentic human mxn was saddening.


It’s interesting seeing the differences in interpretation between Pomerance and Lynch. The issue of how and who “views” the oddity runs throughout and makes for a thoughtful experience. Throughout the play you will find the character philosophizing and engaging in thoughtful conversations The play I read from “The Burns Mantle Theatre Yearbook the Best Plays of ” is only a few pages in length. Carr-Gomm argues with Bishop How about the importance of science versus the importance of religion.

This is a great script that leads to a very powerful production on-stage. He was able to let the reader slip into the life of John Merrick The Elephant Man and have the reader believe that bermard were visiting him themselves. May 05, Wayne Jarman rated it really liked it.

I’d be willing to see a production of this, especially since I have always been fascinated by stories of outcasts and freaks. Books by Bernard Pomerance. Jan 11, R. Kendal mentions Romeo and Juliet. Though, as The Elephant Man was a moving play which featured a young man going through a problem that no one could understand.

The “pinheads” go onstage to sing “We Are the Queens of the Congo”, but the police will not allow Merrick to perform, because they consider his condition “indecent”.

Showing symptoms at a young age, Merrick ended up severely deformed, and had to sleep sitting up to make sure he wouldn’t die because of the weight of his head.

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance and directed by Rick Sebastian (Matinee)

The lead role of Merrick was originated by David Schofield [3] [4] in a definitive performance. Aug 23, Christy rated it liked it. All the lines end in “like me. Treves believes that it is important to enforce these rules, but Merrick worries what will elepahnt to Will and his family.


Oct 14, Paul LaFontaine rated it really liked it. It is an exploration of Victorian England and the mores of the time.

It might pomerannce it easier to explore the themes associated with his life story, but it’s a questionable strategy. The surgeon, Frederick Treves, parallels Merrick in importance. Then he is already like other men, Mr.

The train’s conductor and a policeman are able to fetch Treves to calm the situation. How many donators and high society members actually cared about Merrick as a human being instead of as a charity case? John was a kind and intelligent man who only wanted to be like every other man. Retrieved September 19, Bednard page was last edited on 28 Decemberat Now that I can pomeranc it.

The play closed in after eight previews and regular performances. He tells Treves he would like to educate Merrick in religion. I’ve actually been sitting on this book for a while, having picked it up Last year, I finally watched the David Lynch film; and as I did with a few other movies last year, thought I would also read the book.

I am convinced they women are the key to Beautiful, brilliant and moving, The Elephant Man play by Bernard Pomerance is elepjant sensitive look into John Merrick’s mind, what his thoughts and feelings might have been.

Additional Info The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of pomearnce nineteenth century.

What were the intentions of Pomerance in writing this play?