The Elephant Man. by Bernard Pomerance. Full Length Play, Drama / 6m, 2f. John Merrick is a horribly deformed young man – victim of rare skin and bone. Super Short Summary. Joseph Merrick is a freak show attraction because he is severely deformed. Doctor Frederick Treves takes him into the London hospital. The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed.

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Bernard Pomerance – The Elephant Man

The most interesting story in the whole world, one that I’ve been obsessed about for years, and just a few months before I was disappointed I couldn’t see Pomerance’s play on Broadway, where it got rave reviews. Want to Read saving….

The Tony Award Nominees – Shows. Society embraces him and he becomes a chance for people to reflect on their own lives. To those readers who enjoy reading scripts, I highly recommend this one. He was able to let the reader slip into the life of John Merrick The Elephant Man and have the reader believe that they were visiting him themselves.

This story portrays the darker side of humanity and how human oddities were dealt with, and how looking past physical appearances enables us to realize the beauty deep within each and every individual’s soul, no matter how ‘odd’ they were.

Overall, an okay play that almost forces the reader to go and rent the movie once again. Nevertheless, I found the play very moving. This one comes down to how well it is performed.


The Elephant Man

Merrick asks Treves what he believes about God and heaven. Felt like a fair trade. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Oct 20, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 09, Elizabeth Olesh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 09, Laura Leaney rated it really liked it. We always do say please and thank you, don’t we? Cheerful, honest within limits, a serious artist in his way. He was under good care until his untimely death at the age of 27, but Pomerance challenges to think about the notion of being on display.

Paperback72 pages. A horribly deformed young man, who has been a freak attraction in traveling side shows, is found abandoned and helpless and is admitted for observation to Whitechapel, a prestigious London hospital.

Treves has a nightmare that he has been put on display while Merrick delivers a lecture about his terrifying normality, his rigidity, and the acts of cruelty he can commit upon others “for their own good”. After a doctor notices him, he decides to try and help Merrick live out the rest of his short life in as much comfort as possible.

Under the care ths a famous young doctor, who educ “The Elephant Man” is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The dynamic between them reminds me of the psychiatrist-patient relationship of Shaffer’s fascinating play Equus.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A good production will prove very rewarding. Treves enters and is shocked, sending Mrs. Samuel French The Elephant Man.


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Treves realizes that he has been too harsh with Merrick and tells him that although he will write to Mrs. About the treatment and idea of the Other. Merrick finishes his model of the church.

Because I couldn’t find a way to steal away from work to go see Bradley Cooper act in this play, I bought a copy to read in the hopes I could just imagine how he might translate the role of Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man whose undiagnosed medical condition disfigured his face and body so horribly.

He faces a disease that leaves his body disfigured and his face — beyond hideous. bernqrd

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance

License details Minimum Fee: Frederick Treves, a surgeon who helps him escape the freak show and Jones. If one tries to forget the discrepancies and unfortunate interpretations of Merrick’s character, Pomerance’s play is absolutely an interesting piece of fringe theatre.

After an unsuccessful stint in Brussels, Merrick returned to London and was eventually allowed to stay at the London Hospital for the remainder of his life. Awards for The Elephant Man. Production Details Time Period: Merrick dissolves into tears as Treves tells Mrs.