EDWARD JOHN STORY.
(EDWARD STORY GOFTON),
ACTOR, DRAMATIST, VOCALIST, AND POLITICIAN.
An interesting life-sketch is that of the gentleman here dealt with, Mr. Edward John Story. This well known member of the northern or Newcastle-on-Tyne branch of the Story family was first introduced to the society of this lunar sphere on Friday, the 31st day July, 1846.
Edward John Story has been endowed with a soul full of endeavour and continual motion. His father was Robert Story, of Newcastle-on-Tyne; his mother, Mary, daughter of John Story, of Dublin (a blood relation). Story, however, is not really an Irish name. It is, as we have seen earlier on, a thorough Scandinavian name, so that what are designated Hibernian Stories are of North of England or South Scotland origin. The subject of this notice was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-on-Tyne, under the celebrated Dr. Snape, and privately. When ready for using his head and hands to advantage, the youthful Novocastrian entered the Marine Department of the Board of Trade, but finding the work uncongenial, in 1869 he embarked in the stormy sea of theatrical and operatic life. The recital of the Greek and French plays while at school appealed strongly to his imagination, hence the latent spark within his breast grew larger and more effective, and laid the foundation of the histrionic ability he has from that period possessed and extended. Another proof of the falseness of the belief that classical education is useless, or not a necessary adjunct in the educational curriculum. An absolutely commercial training as the world understands commerce to-day, often leads to sordidness and mechanical existence, selfishness, and furtiveness, over-reaching being the only end to which mental and physical energies are directed.
Mr. Story grew up with his eyes wide open. He read much and was evidently greatly influenced by Sir Walter Scott, the Wizard of the North; and by "Boz" - Charles Dickens, as well as by Shakespeare. As the Basalt in "Ship Ahoy" he captivated all play-going Glasgow, and years later impersonated Nicol Jarvie in "Rob Roy," and Dick Hatteraich in "Guy Mannering." It is just possible that this gifted exponent has a wee bit of Scottish within his veins; since he is such a versatile character, artist, dramatist, vocalist, lecturer, and politician. Had he elected to follow politics, he would long ago have been elected M.P. for some city, borough, or county. Well, to continue our sketch, Mr. Story about this time assumed the name of Gofton, in addition to Story. Now Goff is the name of a game with stick and ball, found in old lexicons, so there must be a Goff Town somewhere in the universe.
He began to travel, and in due course commenced the direction of classical and Shakesperian productions within the United States, and Canada, under the management of Ion Perdicario Radulis (the Moroccan Brigand's Captive), then he returned to England, and directed classic and musical productions in Great Britain, and subsequently in Australia. He has acted and sung leading parts in the principal theatres of Great Britain and Ireland,