Preview by Paul Nelson
CONCORDANCE and the Friends of Brompton Cemetery are to present
Borrowed Scenes - Belle in the Dingle, devised by Neil
McPherson from the novels by George Borrow.
To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of George Borrow (1803-1881),
best-selling author, linguist, honorary gypsy and 'resident' of
Brompton Cemetery, Concordance, one of the two resident companies
at the Finborough Theatre, presents a script-in-hand performance
of scenes from Lavengro and The Romany Rye in the delightful surroundings
of Brompton Cemetery's Chapel.
In 1825, the penniless George Borrow walked through England and
later recorded his adventures in a racy blend of fact and fiction.
We recount his time in Mumper's Dingle, including a knockdown
fight with "The Blazing Tinman", a visit from his gypsy
blood brother, and, above all, his relationship with the "splendid
road-girl", Isopel Berners - one of the "most touching
romances in English literature".
Borrowed Scenes, or Belle in the Dingle, Devised by Neil McPherson
from the works of George Borrow. Presented by Concordance and
The Friends of Brompton Cemetery in The Chapel, Brompton Cemetery
(entrance in Fulham Road or Old Brompton Road) on Sunday September
28 at 3pm. Admission free with retiring collection. Performance
length one hour. Booking: 020 7373 3842.