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by John Whiting
This short play is stark, horrifying, and perhaps somewhat enigmatic if taken too literally. But if we look at it as an image, a metaphor, it can also be seen as a very moving personal statement about the position of the artist. who must be what he is regardless of how his critics want him to be. That is the meaning of the title of the play, which derives from an epigram by the seventeenth-century German mystic. Angelus Silesius:
Die Ros' ist ohn' Warum, sie bliihet weil sie bliihet,
Sie acht'nicht ihrer selbst, fragt nicht, ob man sie sienet
The Rose it knows no why-it grows because it grows.
Heedless of Self, without concern who sees it or who knows
Third broadcast followed by an interlude at 10.50


Unknown: John Whiting
Produced By: Martin Esslin
Narrator: John Westbrook
Henry, the father: Hugh Burden
Eleanor, the mother: Margaret Wolfit
Max, a cousin: Michael Deacon
Sarah, an aunt: Grizelda Hervey
Amy an aunt: Kathleen Helme
Gregory, the grandfather: Hector Ross

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