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Young Hoofer
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Post Re: Mrs. Banks
TR_Wolf wrote:
Well Practically Perfect is in the show... doesnt sound much like Sister Suffragette though.

SS was one of my favourite songs in the film too. I preferred the film version of Mrs Banks, she was feisty, but still bowed to Mr Banks in the sort of non-relationship that they have, and I loved her activism in Votes for Women (that could've been embellished on stage!) wheras on stage she's got no personality at all, and just seems to whine all the time.

I'm all for changing up a stage production so you're not simply putting on stage what's been in the film (questioning the point of the production really) but ,yes, Mrs Banks was boring in the production...... I think Glynis Johns set the bar very high in the film and she's so memorable that you're bound to make comparisons.

I think they're trying to place more emphasis for the audience (especially for kids etc) on Mary. The suffragette/big mrs banks character element may undercut the Maryness of the show.... if that makes any sense at all. Similarly they need to emphasise her not being able to fully stand up to Mr Banks

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