The Rules Of Palship

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The loves and friendship of the young Noel Coward, before he became a household name.

The young Noel Coward demanded fierce loyalty from his friends. To the point of laying down 'palship' rules. But did the as-yet unknown actor live up to his own high standards? Writer Jonathan Tafler imagines a testing moment in his relationship with two actor colleagues.

Written by Jonathan Tafler

Directed by Peter Kavanagh

Jonathan Tafler bases his fictitious account on fact: because of the on-going war aspiring young male actors who had not yet joined up got acting breaks they might not otherwise have had. And the dramatic events in the play are based (though very loosely) on a true event in Coward's autobiography: a dismal regional tour of Charley's Aunt where the as-yet little-known actor would hook up with a bosom chum, Esme Wynne. They already have a very rigorous set of rules to ensure loyalty, and regularly repeat rules as a reminder to each other. But in our drama, when a new male friend joins the palship, that loyalty is put severely to the test.

The loves and friendship of the young Noel Coward, before he became a household name.

The young Noel Coward demanded fierce loyalty from his friends. To the point of laying down 'palship' rules. But did the as-yet unknown actor live up to his own high standards? Writer Jonathan Tafler imagines a testing moment in his relationship with two actor colleagues.

Written by Jonathan Tafler

Directed by Peter Kavanagh

Jonathan Tafler bases his fictitious account on fact: because of the on-going war aspiring young male actors who had not yet joined up got acting breaks they might not otherwise have had. And the dramatic events in the play are based (though very loosely) on a true event in Coward's autobiography: a dismal regional tour of Charley's Aunt where the as-yet little-known actor would hook up with a bosom chum, Esme Wynne. They already have a very rigorous set of rules to ensure loyalty, and regularly repeat rules as a reminder to each other. But in our drama, when a new male friend joins the palship, that loyalty is put severely to the test.