Australia's Svengali: Gaston Mervale in theatre and film

Kelly, Veronica (2011) Australia's Svengali: Gaston Mervale in theatre and film. Australasian Drama Studies, 58 107-125.

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Author Kelly, Veronica
Title Australia's Svengali: Gaston Mervale in theatre and film
Journal name Australasian Drama Studies
ISSN 0810-4123
Publication date 2011-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 58
Start page 107
End page 125
Total pages 19
Place of publication Bundoora, VIC, Australia
Publisher La Trobe University
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Five decades after his death, little is known of the British-born actor Gaston Mervale, who in 1897 joined the Australasian "Firm" of J. C. Williamson Ltd as a leading character actor. Until his professional retirement in 1938, though with various periods of working abroad, he maintained his presence in the Firm. By 1907, Mervale was "no longer the saturnine personage beloved of matinee girls", who ten years previously had made his debut appearance with the Knight-Ferrar company. But long after what Hal Porter describes as "the hysterical loyalty of this powerful and dangerous tribe" of gallery goddesses - typically more devoted to charming matinee idols than to skilful character actors - had fixated elsewhere, Mervale continued over many decades of his very long life to work not only in acting in drama and musical comedy, but also in directing for stage and film, and in forms of actor training.
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