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From Birmingham
A Comic Opera in One Act. by A. P. HERBERT
THE BLUE PETER, which received an award from the Carnegie Trust in 1924, is in form somewhat after the same style as Dibdin's Opera, in that the dialogue is interspersed with songs, duets, etc. Its idiom, of course, is of today, though there is nothing 'advanced' about the tuneful music.
The action takes place in the garden of Simon's house. Here Joan' is sitting, when a love letter from her admirer Robin is thrown over the wall. Susan, her maid, also has a lover, a sailor, who has run away. Joan wants to slip out and meet Robin, and makes the excuse that she is going to confession. Simon, suspicious, says he will bring a priest to the house instead.
Robin, posing as a chimney-sweep, comes into the house. In a little. Simon returns, disguised as a priest. Joan. detecting the fraud, sees her chance of punishing him for his suspiciousness, and tells him that her masterful love is to visit her at night. The mock priest says he will wait for the intruder and deal with him.
Now Susan finds that Robin is the lover who ran away from her. He leaves her alone. however. and she in revenge tells Simon how his wife is deceiving him. Simon's revenge is to make love to Susan, and to let his wife see him at it. But Susan, after pretending to agree, raises an outcry. Joan and Robin come out. Simon tells the truth about his trick upon Joan, and Robin says that he has had an accident while sweeping the chimney, and but for Joan, might have perished in it. Simon and Robin, both tired of the ways of Joan and Susan, determine to betake themselves out of the way of women by going to sea. The women are left disconsolate.
THE BIMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA, conducted by Joseph .Lewis


Unknown: A. P. Herbert
Music By: Armstrong Gibbs
Simon (a fruit grower): Aubrey Millward
Joan (his wife): Mavis Bennett
Susan (her maid): Winifred Davis
Robin (a sailor): Herbert Thorpe

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