The Marsh King's Daughter

The Marsh King's Daughter

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by H.D. Greaves
     
 

The Marsh King's Daughter is one of Hans Christian Andersen's least known stories, but it is a good yarn and worth a wider audience, which is why I chose to dramatize it so long ago. The year was 1966, and this work developed because I had seen so much badly written and produced theatre for children. Most plays were condescending and filled with poorly

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The Marsh King's Daughter is one of Hans Christian Andersen's least known stories, but it is a good yarn and worth a wider audience, which is why I chose to dramatize it so long ago. The year was 1966, and this work developed because I had seen so much badly written and produced theatre for children. Most plays were condescending and filled with poorly constructed cardboard characters and inane dialogue.
This play honestly strives to tell a story that is exciting, funny, and terrifying, as well as compassionate, and it definitely does not talk down to children.
Unfortunately, because it calls for a large cast, extensive special effects, and a big production budget, it is my only play never produced. This presentation as an ebook is its first public outing.
For readers who are familiar with Andersen's story, you will find this play considerably changed from his original. For acceptance by contemporary audiences, I have omitted much that possibly would confuse or alienate children and adults. I’ve avoided, for instance, all of Andersen’s references to Medieval Christianity and its attendant mysticism: Vikings, Ancient Egyptians, Riddles, Magical Transformations, murder and mayhem being more than enough material to fill three brief acts.
Andersen also liked his heroines to die. Many of his best-loved stories have tragic endings (The Little Mermaid, The Red Shoes, The Little Match Girl), including The Marsh King’s Daughter. I chose to have Helga, his unlikely heroine, live.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045244879
Publisher:
H.D. Greaves
Publication date:
08/28/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
105 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

H.D. Greaves lives in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where he was born and raised. Although he has travelled extensively, his island home has always held a special place in his heart.Now in his seventies, MANDRAGORA - A Ribald and Irreverent Tale from the Italian Renaissance, and THE NARRATIVE VOICE - A Collection of Stories, are his first published works, proof, he says, that with perseverance (and not a little luck), it is never too late to create and to succeed.His short story, CLEOPATRUS EXCAPTIVUS, was included in the Vernal 2012 edition of Camera Obscura, a prestigious journal of short fiction, and is available in THE NARRATIVE VOICE collection of stories.OF BLISS AND GRANTED WISHES - A True Story told as a Novel, is also available on Smashwords. H.D. says, "This is an amazing story of two wonderful people and how they coped with extreme old age and illness, especially the loss of memory. They were dear friends and were an inspiration to me. The book is an homage to them and to their courage."Also available on Smashwords are some of his plays:ATASCADERO! and INCIDENT IN A DUCKYARD are unusual adaptations of stories by Hans Christian Andersen.Other plays are GNATWING! - A Farce for Clowns, THE FIREBIRD, DISAGREEMENT IN EDEN, and the ever popular RUMPLESTILZKIN.DRAMATIS PERSONAE - Poems of Comedy and Tragedy, a book with a wide variety of poems, is also available on Smashwords.H.D. is currently working on another novel: CLIZIA – A Tale of Scandalous Surprises, also based, like MANDRAGORA, on an Italian Renaissance comedy by Niccolò Machiavelli.

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