Great costumes there. He never changed much though, did he? Any idea what year that was taken?
I've copied and pasted the first paragraph from the history of the guild of players. I think Alan's about right estimating the 1920's as the period when John made his appearance at the theatre.
Formation and Early Years
The Guild of Players was formed in 1913 with the aim of “promoting an improvement in the public attitude towards, and taste for, the drama, by means of plays of outstanding merit, by lectures and readings”
While the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 did reduce the initial membership, the Guild spent those early years raising money for the war effort by putting on performances in the Mechanics Institute and the Lyceum Cinema – which is now the home of the Loreburn Centre.
After the War, the Guild continued with their program of performances and touring with various productions. One of the most noteworthy was “The Scotland of Robert Burns”, which was written by George W. Shirley, a local librarian, which would go on to become of the Guild’s most popular productions with the production even being staged at the Lyric Theatre in Glasgow to critical acclaim. It was also during this period that the acclaimed actor John Laurie was among the Guild’s members, featuring in some of those first productions.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 21, 2021 22:46:14 GMT 12
Superb photos there of John.
Leonard Cheshire VC was an amazing man, one of the bravest men in the RAF and a terrific leader. His time on No. 617 Squadron as commander proved he was willing to risk his life to experiment with new techniques to make bombing more accurate. A true hero.
41 years ago today, on the 23rd of June 1980, we lost John Laurie. He was one of the truly greatest actors Scotland ever produced in my opinion.
Hard to believe that John is almost never named in any list of great Scottish actors. I think I've seen about six lists ranging from top ten, twenty, twenty seven (on IMBD) and fifty, yet still to see John's name on any of them. Shameful really, especially when the likes of Ewan Bremner and Billy Connolly merit a mention. Not that they can't act, but in my opinion are certainly no better than John.
I suppose he came to prominence in Trainspotting, one of the main junkies along with the characters played by Ewan McGregor and Johnny Lee Miller. He was in the biblical film Exodus, but looked totally out of place in the role. Certainly not one of Scotland's greatest actors in my opinion.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 25, 2021 11:01:35 GMT 12
I guess one reason John is overlooked is on TV and in most of his movies he was only supporting cast, rather than the leading man - even if he was the best thing in it. People forget he was a major leading man in the theatre.