07.12.57 Women are so unreasonable
26.08.58 Dog accident
07.09.60 Alas poor Fred
01.04.64 It's not the game it was
19.05.64 The Pedagogue
26.01.65 Pay as you go
02.07.71 After Liverpool
24.10.72 The Flower Case* (dir. Richard Wortley) detective-comedy
20.01.74 Random moments in a May garden*
01.10.74 Bye bye blues
13.01.79 Poor old Simon.
13.03.88 A day at the dentist's* (Fear on Four)
12.07.88 Headlong Hall* (Peacock), dram, 90m
02.04.89 A child crying* (Fear on Four)
date nk.... Nothing to declare*
date nk.... The Magic Bathroom*
date nk.... I live upstairs*
UPDATE.....A recording of "The Pedagogue" made in July 2010, produced by Nigel Deacon,
with Nick Oliver playing the role of the pedagogue, is available for download.
The file is 36 MB and is in MP3 format. See Weed's James Saunders site.
NOTES ON SOME OF THE PLAYS
Narrator Michael Hordern, with Daniel Massey as
Escot, the deteriorationsist; Ronald Lacey as Foster, the
perfectibilian, John Grillo as Jenkison, the statu-quo-ite, and John
Horsley as Cranium, the craniologist. Harry Headlong, like all Welsh
squires, is fond of shooting, hunting and fishing. But he also
wants the company of philosophers and dilettanti...other cast
members: William, Simons, Alan Dudley, Andrew Branch, Simon Cuff,
Norman Bird, John Baddeley, Richard tate, Michael Deacon, Caroline
Gruber, Polly James, Joan Walker. Music by Terence Allbright, with
violinist Katherine Adams and harpist Skaila Kanga. Directed by
With Dinsdale Landen, Gwen Watford and Alison Steadman, producer Richard Wortley. 10 Apr 87.
RT: In the drawing-room of the Carboys' home on a spring morning, disaster looms but no one seems to take notice.
A family chats on, oblivious, whilst the house falls down around them - N.D.
Also stars Peter Howell, Sheila Grant. An earlier production, by Donald McWhinnie, was broadcast on 20 Nov 59 on the Third Programme.
The play was produced for the stage in 1960 as a set of three one-acts under the title Ends and Echoes.
RANDOM MOMENTS IN A MAY GARDEN....1974
Play directed by Richard Wortley. A couple move into a new house, and they find the
remains of an ancient photograph pinned to the
inside of one of the cupboards. It's two little girls,
photographed in a garden. We learn what they were doing there.
It's a superb tale - stories occurring in parallel in the
same house, and cutting between the two. Excellent
production. ("Should have been entered for the Prix Italia but wasn't" - R.W.)
25m. A play about a teacher and his pupils. However, it slowly transpires that there is more to it. There are oblique references to nuclear explosions, and this is the time of the Cold War. Unfortunately my recording lacks the end credits so I am unsure of the performer or the producer. Donald Pleasance, possibly, as the pedagogue?
I have recorded a version of this with an actor friend (June 2010) and have now done the post-editing. This is available on CD if you email. You can also read a review of it on the James Saunders website , and listen to it here . ......N.D.
THE MAGIC BATHROOM....date nk
Produced by Richard Wortley. Peculiar play with magical overtones.
asterisked plays in vrpcc collections.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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