THE ADVOCATE 121
VOL. 76 PART 1 JANUARY 2018
By R.C. Tino Bella*
Medieval Meets Modern, by Bruce Fraser Q.C., a theatrical farce at the
Law Courts Inn held on November 20, 2017.
Reviewed by Virgil Braithwaite
I was treated to a medieval feast last night in the form of a farce, written by
the playwright Bruce Fraser, Q.C., based on the Carta Foresta or Charter of
the Forest of 1217. Well, may you ask, how it was that lawyers, who can be as
dry as sticks, in a production about a statute inked 800 years ago, could possibly
produce a modern amusing play. I shall tell you.
The Chorus, composed of Christopher Gaze’s stentorian voice accompanied
by the music drifting through the branches of the trees (Jennifer
Chow, Q.C., Farah Malik, Rose Shawlee and Sean Vanderfluit), wove a
spell that will be remembered for years to come. The music and the acting
throughout the play were a perfect pairing.
The play began with a seemingly mundane scene of fishing and picking
pot by the members of the Kokanee Rod & Weed Club, Maeve Marion, Father
Tuck and Small John, played in exquisite detail by Craig Giles, Gerald
Lecovin, Q.C., and Lyndsay Watson. These actors remained in character
throughout the play isn’t that what actors are supposed to do? – Ed. by allowing
the simple goodness of the common man to shine through. In contrast, the
rude cowboys rode onto the stage with Big John to evict the trespassers from
Sherwood Ranch. Although there were just the two cowboys (Jim Vilvang,
Q.C., and Glen Orris, Q.C.), they were heroic in their monosyllabic speech,
their commitment to their lines (or in one case, line) and to Big John.
Big John, the owner of the biggest and best cattle ranch in this whole
damn nation, of course found his actor in Roger Watts. Roger brought out
in song, action and words, an ego so large and a character so unstoppable