The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1158  Tuesday, 1 June 2004

From:           Sophie Masson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 1 Jun 2004 09:32:59 +1000
Subject:        Malvolio's Revenge

Greetings to fellow SHAKSPEREANS:

I've just emerged from a long period head down in writing my latest
novel for young people, Malvolio's Revenge (to be published by Hodder in
the UK early next year). It's set in early 20th century New Orleans and
the countryside around, and centred on a troupe of travelling players
touring an old play called 'Malvolio's Revenge', written many years
before by the troupe's director, Toby Tridlingham. One very wet night,
the troupe take shelter in a crumbling old plantation mansion called
'Illyrie'.. and thus the stage is set for a great deal of skulduggery,
magic, danger, dark secrets, theatrical fun and music(there's even a
cameo part by the young Louis Armstrong). The book is of course based
on Twelfth Night, but there's also other echoes of Shakespearean
times(such as two characters being named Gabriel Harvey and Thomas
Nashe, though only slightly based on those two gentlemen's
personalities) as well as the influence of Theophile Gautier's
picaresque 19th cent. novel, Capitaine Fracasse, one of my favourite
books as a child.
For the novel, I had to make up a play--well, at least, bits of it, a
plot line for it, anyway, and a couple of speeches. But I wondered,
after I'd finished, if any play based on the notion of Malvolio's
Revenge has actually been performed, or even written, anywhere? It would
be fun to know, not that it would have any bearing at all on my purely
imaginary concoction.

Sophie Masson
author site: www.northnet.com.au/~smasson

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