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The colour of poppies

9th September 2005

Dear all,
We have been asked to forward this by two members.
With best wishes

John CQ Roberts, former Director of the GB-USSR Association, and Brook Horowitz, consultant specialised in Russian business, have collaborated in the production of "The Colour of Poppies" by French author Noëlle Châtelet. The play received ecstatic reviews when it opened in London in 2004 and John's translation came in for
particular praise: "you have brought off a marvellous feat of making the audience conscious the whole time that we are in France without
ever giving us the feeling of listening to a translation. Our congratulations. " (Roland Smith).

"The Colour of Poppies" is returning to London to the New End Theatre in Hampsteadwhere it will play from from 13 September to 9 October.John and Brook would like to invite members of the GB-
Russia Society to the preview of the show on Tuesday 13th September and to the performance on Friday 16th at the concessionary rate of £13 (reduced from £17).To take advantage of this offer, just call the box office on 0870 033
2733 and mention Russian Poppies Offer. More information about the play below or visit www.newendtheatre.co.uk.

“I will not forget the amazing performance of Faith Brook…Here is acting to cherish”
Nicholas de Jongh in the Evening Standard
“…a beautifully sculpted performance from Faith Brook – full of subtle mood-changes, often rueful, mostly gentle, but firmly and movingly
asserting the right to happiness”Sunday Telegraph “Her extraordinary emotional range, resonant voice and witty delivery raise audience laughter
and make it an exceptionally fine performance…A theatrical tour de force” The Stage
Marthe is 75, lives alone, her children long since grown up …and for the first time in her life, she is in love. As her passion increases, all her senses are awakened, and her monochrome existence is transformed into "The Colour of Poppies". In this solo performance, Faith
Brook takes on the most challenging role of her distinguished career. Her stage credits include Gertrude in Hamlet with Ian McKellen, The Old
Country with Alec Guinness, Coriolanus with Steven Berkoff, Good with Charles Dance. TV credits include War and Peace, The Irish RM, Cream in my Coffee, Gentlemen and Players, Miss Marple.
Films include Chase a Crooked Shadow and North Sea Hijack. "I have just received my first
love-letter…" The Colour of Poppies is based on “La Femme coquelicot”, a novel by Noëlle Châtelet, adapted and directed by Yann Le Gouic de Kervéno and translated from the French by John CQ Roberts. Please note: there will be post-performance discussions on 15 September (Faith Brook), 20 September (actress Sheila Hancock)and on 27 September (writer Beryl Bainbridge). For further information call the box office on 0870 033 2733
or visit www.newendtheatre.co.uk.

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