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NOVA PILBEAM and GRIFFITH JONES in 'MARY ROSE

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A Play in three acts by J. M. Barrie adapted for broadcasting and produced by Cyril Wood
Characters in the order in which they are heard
The action of the play, which covers a period of over thirty years, passes between a small manor house in Sus
- sex and an Island in the Outer
Hebrides
Act 1, The Home of the Morlands-
Sussex
Scene 1, As it was in 1919 Scene 2, As it used to be in 1889 Act 2, The Island — in the Outer
Hebrides
About four years later-1893
Act 3, The Home of the Morlands-
Sussex
Scene 1, As it used to be in 1914 Scene 2, As it was in 1919 In May, 1937, the first full-length play by Barrie was heard on the air, and most listeners agreed that Dear Brutus might have been written for broadcasting. As his second full-length play to be broadcast belongs to the same fairy genre, the same verdict may be given for Mary Rose , because both these plays depend so largely on atmosphere — a thing which radio conveys superbly.
The story of Mary Rose is told in an article on page 8 by S. R. Littlewood , who was present at the first night at the Haymarket, on April 22, 1920. The best news for listeners is that Nova Pilbeam , who gave such a beautiful performance on the air as Margaret, of the Might Have Been, is to broadcast as Mary Rose , of the Timeless Land. She should be as lovely on the air as Fay Compton was in the theatre eighteen years ago when at the end of the play she floated out like a spirit into the stars.
The only member of the radio cast who was in the original theatre production is Jean Cadell , who gave a memorable performance-of the shivering caretaker of the deserted house — the part she is to take tonight. A. Bromley Davenport broadcast as Mr. Coade in Dear
Brutus.
' Mary Rose ' was broadcast in the Regional programme on Sunday

Contributors

Unknown:
J. M. Barrie
Duced By:
Cyril Wood
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Dear Brutus
Unknown:
Mary Rose
Unknown:
Mary Rose
Unknown:
S. R. Littlewood
Unknown:
Nova Pilbeam
Unknown:
Mary Rose
Unknown:
Fay Compton
Unknown:
Jean Cadell
Unknown:
A. Bromley Davenport
Unknown:
Mary Rose

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