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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 LETHBRIOGE HERALD Saturday, June 22, 19i4 Has brilliant reputation in drama field Undressed dress-ups Invited guests to a recent opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery take the come- as-you-are suggestion seriously. They were at the gallery for a look at its current exhibition, entitled Toward Costume. An Open Invitation to You to Meet Vern Young at a Meet the Candidate Tea Saturday, June 22 Between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Campaign Headquarters Located at 503 7 Street South in the Hunt Building Phone 328-3970 Inserted by the Lethbridge Federal Social Credit Association "I will make of Thee a GREAT NATION' Canadian Campf ire Rally Night SUNDAY, June p.m. LETHBRIDGE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue South Phone 328-8611 A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL 6055thAVE.S. PHONE 328-7921 or 328-1181 P. LAWSON TRAVEL MARQUIS HOTEL BLDG. PHONE 328-3000 Daily guard ceremony resumes OTTAWA the 16th consecutive summer, the changing of the guard ceremony in front of the Parliament buildings resumes in the capital this Sunday. The daily ceremony, which will run until Labor Day, weather permitting, begins at 10 a.m. each day and lasts for about 30 minutes. It has proven a popular attraction since it began in 1959. Seventy-five officers and men, most of them university students hired for the summer, will form the guard resplendent in scarlet tunics and busbies, the tall fur hat first worn by the Hussars. Most are enrolled in the Governor-General's Foot Guards of Ottawa and the Canadian Grenadier Guards of Montreal. The 1st battalion of the Canadian Guards performed the ceremony initially, but in 1969 it was passed on to the military because of the regular forces' increasing duty commitments. Three bans will participate in this year's ceremony: the Royal Canadian Artillery Band of Montreal from June 23 to July 10; The Central Band of the Canadian Forces of Ottawa from July 11 to Aug. 10 and the Naden Band of Vic- toria from Aug 11 to Labor Day, Sept. 2. I run a very simple business. Do you know who I am? Energy of young director 'legendary' OTTAWA (CP) It's the day of the opening of the Na- tional Arts Centre production of La Fausse Suivante and di- rector Andre Brassard is hours late for a luncheon in- terview. Jean Herbiet, associate di- rector of the centre, and Marie-Therese Poly of its public relations department are running low on things to say. The waiter is prodding for a meal-order since the table is reserved by another party for an hour from now. "Andre isn't always very Herbiet says with a nervous smile. "He will come Marie-Therese reassures. "He always comes." She has said that several times in the last hour. Reluctantly, Herbiet decides it may be best to order. Brassard arrives while the waiter is on the way back to the kitchen. He drops a large leather bag on the floor and drops himself onto a chair. "I'm he grimaces. sorry." At 28, Brassard has built a reputation as a brilliant direc- tor, largely as an interpreter and friend of the con- troversial Quebecois play- wright Michel Tremblay. WORKS CONSTANTLY Brassard's energy is legen- dary. Last year he had three plays in production at one time He has just finished di- recting a film scripted by Tremblay and, as soon as he can get clear of Ottawa, he has two new of them by do in Montreal. La Fausse bogus his first play for the centre and his first venture in the French classical period and he has reservations about both. "Why Suivante? Why not something more contempo- he demands of Herbiet almost as soon as he is seated. Herbiet quickly switches the subject to what Brassard would like for lunch. Brassard has the habit of slipping into a role. Today he is a mischievous, slightly petulant, little boy. Ha makes an elaborate face. "It's too early in the morn- ing. I never eat this early in the morning. It's practically the middle of the night." It is, actually, shortly after two in the afternoon. FINALLY RELENTS After Herbiet insists, he re- lents and studies the menu. "Tomato juice." The waiter nods. "Shrimp cocktail." The waiter nods. "That's all." "But Herbiet be- gins, only to be stopped by a stern look from Brassard "Of course, though, you will have something to Herbiet says. Brassard again makes the elaborate face. "It's too early in the morning." Herbiet sighs and decides to face Brassard's earlier ques- tion. Contemporary Quebecois theatre bombs at the centre, he explains. All it produces is hate literature from the out- raged audiences, such as they are. Besides, Pierre Marivaux, author of La Fausse Suivante, was one of the masters of French theatre and there are only two kinds of Marivaux ones and better ones. Isn't Suivante a good he asks. Grudgingly, Brassard agrees. And hasn't it things to say to a modern audience? Grudgingly, Brassard agrees. The tomato juice has ar- rived. Brassard scowls at it, puts pepper in it, scowls again, adds more pepper, sips, grimaces and puts the glass down. Too much pepper. The luncheon moves uneas- ily along. Brassard is worried about Fausse Suivante, par- ticularly about the set. It has been designed without his ad- vice and, as far as he is con- cerned, is almost unworkable. "But you should have in- sisted, had it Herbiet tells him. Brassard frowns darkly and mutters what would translate into polite English as "Oh Besides, it is the afternoon of opening night and the ques- tion is academic. Herbiet sighs. Brassard sighs. Marie-Therese changes the subject to French and Quebecois theatre, Michel Tremblay, the new play he has written." Brassard eats two shrimps and pushes the rest of the dish aside to join the abandoned tomato juice. He becomes involved in the discussion and the mischie- vous little boy disappears. ENTHUSIASM GROWS He talks about a play he saw recently in Paris and per- forms an excerpt in a loud stage whisper. He talks about Tremblay, about directing his work. "I'm lost in a play like Sui- he confides. "In Michel's plays I always sit down and work it all out, fig- ure out what I'm going to do before we go into rehearsal. "With Suivante I've had to go in and work it out as we go along." He sighs, momen- tarily gloomy, "But it's good if it runs tight and it's running tight." Herbiet beams. "This is a brilliant young he announces. Brassard rolls his eyes and abruptly wants des- sert. "Do you have ice he asks when the waiter ap- pears. He is delighted to learn ice cream is on the menu. His eyes narrow. "Chocolate ice Yes, chocolate ice cream. Fantastic. A huge dish of chocolate ice cream appears. PERFORMS RITUAL Brassard concentrates to- tally on the ice cream, turns the eating of the ice cream into an elaborate ritual, ignor- ing questions and the conver- sation at the table. Finished, he leans back and gently pats his stomach. Herbiet is expanding on the theme of popular theatre. Publicity in authors case assured big sale of book By NICHOLAS ASHFORD Dispatch of the Times, London LONDON Maria Velho da Costa is slightly ashamed of the world-wide publicity given to the case of Portugal's "Three She says there are many other Por- MEALS ON WHEELS AT NOMINAL COST For Further Information Phom 327-7990 Member of Community Social Service tuguese writers who not only had their books banned but were themselves imprisoned and yet they were virtually unknown outside Portugal. On the other hand, the "ThreeMarias" book Novas Cartas Portugueses (new Por- tuguese letters) was assured world-wide sales because of the publicity given to their trial even though virtually no one outside Portugal has yet actually read it. A French edi- tion is to be published soon and an English edition will appear in Britain (Gollancz) next January. Last month a Lisbon court acquitted the three women authors the other two are Maria Teresa Horta and Maria Isabel Barreno. Their book, based on the seventeenth-century classic letters of a Portuguese nun, was seized by the police two years ago on the grounds that it offended public morality it contains, for example, scenes describing Lesbian relations and incest. NOW OPEN Lethbridge's newest and most pleasant lounge, whether a quiet spot in the warm afternoon or a fun filled evening, it's the new Coal Banks Inn 312-5th Street South Downtown Lethbridge Under the previous Por- tuguese regime books that were considered to be "dangerous" were usually banned and quickly forgotten; in the case of the Manas' book the authorities decided to prosecute probably, says da Costa, because it was not only outspoken on moral and political issues but was written by three women. "That was more than they could take." Miss da Costa is convinced they would have been ac- quitted whether or not the April 25 coup had happened. The prosecutor offered no case against them and the judge, far from finding the book obscene, described it as "lyrical, dramatic, pungent" and "a real work of art." It is now on sale again in Portugal and selling as fast as the book which inspired the Portuguese revolution. General Spinola's Portugal and the Future. Perhaps one of the inevitable consequences of the publicity given to the case is that it should have caused a split between the three authors. Shortly after their acquittal Miss da Costa issued a public statement dis- sociating herself from the women's liberation organiza- tion formed by her two co- authors. Relations between them are now frosty although Miss da Costa hopes the break will only be temporary. The disagreement goes back to the time when they started writing the book three years ago. Miss Horta and Miss Barreno were always more feminist than Miss da Costa but the three were united by a general left-wing approach to politics and opposition to the authoritarian regime that had controlled Portugal for almost 50 years. However, because of the publicity given to their trial, their case became the cause celebre for women's liberationists everywhere. Brassard's lip curls. "Don't talk to me about popular theatre. When as many people go to plays as go to see the Canadians at the Forum, then talk to me about it." Marie-Therese asks him about last year's production of the Tremblay play, Hossana. The play was widely praised, but again Brassard's lip curls. "Any play where you only get 50 per cent acting is a 50 per cent play. I don't want to talk about Hossana." Marie-Therese is aston- ished "But it was a fantastic she protests. "I don't want to talk about it." Brassard starts to tell jokes in joual, the Quebecois dialect that is the horror of French- language purists. Most of the jokes are im- possible to translate except for one where he demands how to make a "badrink." He sketches a square on the cloth with a swizzle stick, draws lines across it, then runs the stick across the lines and says "Badnnk, badrink, badrink." The way Brassard does it, it's funny. Everybody laughs. Big part of the show This fellow was a big part of the Hawaiian show appearing in the Forum of Ontario Place in Toronto. The world-touring Kailua Madrigal Singers of Honolulu performed a number of dances including torch dance, and sang traditional songs. Despite his size he kept pace with the rest of the troupe. PARKSIDE COIN-OP LAUNDRY AND DRY CLEAN Summer Hours in effect Monday, June 17th LAUNDRY SECTION: a.m. to p.m. Every day DRY CLEAN SECTION: a.m. to p.m. Except Sundays and Holidays Shop ittMdad during Dry Cleaning Hours 2634 South Parkside Drive Phone 327-0811 HARDLITE LENSES... Maximum protection for Children who wear Glasses Shatterproof lor maximum eye protection Lighter on their laces. Only hall the weight o1 ordinary lenses T 00 warranty against eye injury Available in all prescriptions OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. 308 7ih Sf S 1ETMBRIDGE Phonf 327 3609 Plus A M Recording Artist Thursday, June 27 ition Pavilion ipen at p.m Advance Tickett ol Leister s Musicland Shoppers Drug Mart TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ;