The Pen of My Aunt
Other Plays by Gordon Daviot
Daviot, Gordon (pseudonym, aka Josephine Tey pseudonym, Scottish playwright, author, b. Elizabeth MacKintosh, Inverness, Scotland, July 25, 1896–d. London, February 13, 1952), “The Pen of My Aunt,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in the drawing room of a French country house, during the German Occupation, during the Second World War,
© 1962 by Gordon Daviot;
• in English One-Act Plays of Today, selected and introduced by Donald Fitzjohn (New York: Oxford University Press, 1962), LCCN 62-2457, with an acknowledgment to Messrs. Peter Davies Ltd., publishers of (the late Miss) Gordon Daviot’s Plays, vol. 2, 1954, containing Christopher Fry’s "A Phoenix Too Frequent," a comedy, Im2f; Wolf Mankowitz’ "The Bespoke Overcoat," a drama, 4m; John Mortimer’s "The Dock Brief," a comedy, 2m; and Tennessee Williams’ "Lord Byron’s Love Letter," a drama, 1m3f;
• also, in Close-Up: A Collection of Short Plays, edited by S. Z. Brodkin and E. J. Pearson (New York: Globe Book Company, Inc., 1970);
• script/rights available from source named in the Fitzjohn anthology or possibly from Peter Davies Ltd or the National Trust;
• available in Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921, U.S.A., telephone 831-624-4629.
• Cited in 1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays, vol 2, (Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A.: The Scarecrow Press, 1999), ISBN 0810836009, 475 pp.
Stranger (m), 20, a possible nephew to Madame, French accent; Corporal (m), 25, member of the Wehrmacht, German accent; Madame (f), __, supposed collaborator, French accent; Simone (f), __, _____, French accent.
A “supposed collaborator (in reality a member of the Resistance) . . . is suddenly faced with a complete stranger claiming to be her nephew, and the tricks they play on the unsuspecting Wehrmacht Corporal to spirit the stranger out of the area before his secret is revealed. § Another Synopsis "Two courageous French women scheme to help French soldier escape, after he has been stopped by German corporal."–Play Index 1968-1972: An Index to 3,848 Plays, edited by Estelle A. Fidell (New York: The H:W. Wilson Company, 1973), p. 68.
• Published for the English Association, with an acknowledgment to Messrs. Peter Davies Ltd., publishers of the late [Miss] Gordon Daviot’s Plays, vol. 2, 1954. Fitzjohn in his introduction says, "The chief problem in the production and acting of this play is that of reaching its successive climaxes without letting them become overstressed and melodramatic."
• “Josephine Tey was a pseudonym of Elizabeth Mackintosh (July 25, 1896–February 13, 1952), a Scottish author best known for her mystery novels. She was born in Inverness, and attended a physical training college in Birmingham, England, before becoming a teacher. However, her literary career began only when she was forced to give up regular work in order to care for her invalid father. In six of the mystery novels she wrote under the name of Josephine Tey, the hero was Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant; the most famous of them is The Daughter of Time, in which Grant, laid up in the hospital, has friends research reference books and contemporary documents so he can puzzle out the mystery of whether King Richard III of England murdered his nephews, the Princes in the Tower. Inspector Grant concludes that King Richard was quite innocent of this murder, or of any murder, and that the young princes were still alive after the Battle of Bosworth. Henry VII was the real murderer. Henry, creator of the Star Chamber, really was the murderer, tyrant and usurper that he falsely accused Richard of being. The Daughter of Time was the last of her books published during her lifetime. Another novel, The Franchise Affair, although set in the 1940s, is based on the 18th-century case of Elizabeth Canning. A further crime novel, The Singing Sands, was found in her papers and published posthumously. After her death, proceeds from her estate, including royalties from her books, were assigned to the National Trust. As Gordon Daviot she wrote about a dozen one-act plays and another dozen full-length plays, but only four of them were produced during her lifetime. Richard of Bordeaux was particularly successful, running for fourteen months and starring John Gielgud.”—Josephine Tey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Tey, accessed March 8, 2008.
aunt-nephew relationship, corporal, courage, detention, escape, family, female bonding, first encounter, France, Germany, scheme, trick, wartime collaboration with the enemy, Wehrmacht, World War II.