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Johnson over Jordan
Johnson Over Jordan, which was something new for Priestley, followed close upon the heels of the very different play, When We Are Married, and it had its fair share of problems after being first presented at the New Theatre on 22nd February 1939. After only a few weeks it was clear that it could not continue: audiences were thin, and it ws losing money hand over fist. ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published April 2003 by Oberon Books
(first published 1939)
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Well, what can you say about this play? Ahead of its time? Experimental? Daring? Deeply moving? All those is the answer. This is a play that by the end becomes a deeply felt experience. It is ripe for rediscovery by a professional theatre director and company. The story of a man who having died gets the chance to relive certain moments of his past and come to terms with who he is. He is also tested by a series of hallucinatory events in which his persona, his shadow, his fears and anxieties are ...more
John Boynton Priestley, the son of a schoolmaster, was born in Bradford in September 1894, and after schooling he worked for a time in the local wool trade. Following the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, Priestley joined the British Army, and was sent to France --in 1915 taking part in the Battle of Loos. After being wounded in 1917 Priestley returned to England for six months; then, after going ...moreMore about J.B. Priestley...