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The Repair of Heaven


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by E.J. King Bull from 'The Dream of the Red Chamber' by Tsaoh Hsueh-Chin and Kao Ngoh as translated from the Chinese by Chi-Chen Wang
Music composed and conducted by Peter Crossley-Holland
Production by E. J. King Bull
[Starring] Beatrix Lehmann and Maurice Denham
with Andree Melly and Allan McClelland

Characters in order of speaking:

The Dream of the Red Chamber, the first Chinese novel, provides a vivid picture of aristocratic life during the flowering period of the eighteenth century, in the foreground of which unfolds the love story of Pao-Yu and Black Jade.
In writing the music the composer has made use of the Chinese five-note scale, using unusual combinations of woodwind and percussion to suggest features characteristic of oriental music.

During the interval (9.30-9.40 app.): Gramophone records of Trio Sonata in D (Alessandro Stradella, ed. Montanari), played by the Trio di Bolzano


Writer/Production: E. J. King Bull
Unknown: Tsaoh Hsueh-Chin
Unknown: Kao Ngoh
Unknown: Chi-Chen Wang
Music composed and conducted by: Peter Crossley-Holland
The Stone/Chia Pao-Yu: Allan McClelland
The Bonze: John Glyn-Jones
The Priest: Anthony Jacobs
Chen Shih-Ying: Maurice Denham
The Blade of Grass/Black Jade: Andree Melly
Purple Cuckoo: Sheila Grant
The Dowager: Beatrix Lehmann
Phoenix: Yang Lian-Shin
Lady Wang, mother of Pao-Yu: Madeleine Christie
Lady Chin-Shih: Dilys Hamlett
Pervading Fragrance: Denise Bryer
The Goddess of Monitory Vision: Dilys Hamlett
Precious Virtue: Mary Law
Chia Cheng, father of Pao-Yu: Felix Felton
Doctor Chang: John Glyn-Jones
Chia Yung: Hugh Manning
Patience: Beryl Calder
Chia Jui: Roger Delgado
Palace Official: Alan Wheatley
Snow Duck: Annette Kelly
Big Sister Silly: Mary Law
[Actress]: Felicity Askew
[Actress]: Diana Campbell
[Actors]: Members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company

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