Our recent cover star in action
After appearing on our previous cover, Shane Richie’s digital run as Scaramouche Jones was soon back due to popular demand. The extra run saw the play appear on Stream.Theatre from 3 - 16 May. If only it was purely down to Mr Richie’s star-turn on page no.1 - and not his skill as an actor. Ah, well. Justin Butcher’s Scaramouche Jones or The Seven White Masks was filmed in at London’s Union Theatre under the direction of Olivier Award-nominee Ian Talbot. Richie’s first foray into digital theatre saw the ex-EastEnder blending his TV and stage talents. Taking on the role made famous by the late great Pete Postlethwaite to critical acclaim, this new production was a powerful one-man drama as well as something of an acting masterclass. The play is a bizarre, comic, and heartfelt portrait of a clown unmasked. Bursting with exoticism and lyrical prose, Butcher’s storytelling creates a fantastical life shaped by extraordinary misfortune as Scaramouche finds himself caught in the riptides of a cruel and changing world. A witness to pivotal moments of the 20th Century, Scaramouche enters the dawn of a new millennium, marking his own centenary and, ultimately, preparing for death. If you didn’t catch Richie’s remarkable performance (or even if you did!) we’ve put up a reminder here of the many faces of Scaramouche Jones and indeed the man who millions will no doubt forever refer to as Alfie Moon
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