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Birthday by MICHAEL FRAYN with Incidental music composed by WILFRED JOSEPHS
Script editor, Shaun MacLoughlin
Designer, Marilyn Taylor
Liz is twenty-seven today. It is Sunday in her London bachelor-girl's flat, and to celebrate or commiserate with her on this birthday her elder sister, Jess, is invited to lunch. Jess, a proud parent, is far gone with a fourth pregnancy. The baby is due in a fortnight, or so she thinks. But Liz and her bachelor guests are due for a rude shock. The author, Michael Frayn , himself a father, uses this situation to look uproariously at the social embarrassments of pregnancy, childbirth, and just being a woman.


Unknown: Michael Frayn
Composed By: Wilfred Josephs
Editor: Shaun MacLoughlin
Designer: Marilyn Taylor
Directed By: Claude Whatham
Unknown: Michael Frayn
Jess: Rosemary Leach
Liz: Angela Pleasence
Neil: Clive Swift
Willa: Georgina Ward
Bernie: Robert Hamilton
First student: Roshan Seth
Second student: Tariq Yunis
Dr Hodges: Yvonne Gilan
Sister Aylward: Jumoke Debayo
Nurse Summerfield: Tina Gowing

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