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Saturday-Night Theatre


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The Day of the Screech-owl
A play for radio by CARLO ARDITO from the novel by LEONARDO SCIASCIA
The age of technology had not yet reached Sicily in 1961. There were no sophisticated weather stations. They told the prevailing wind by wetting an index finger and sticking it up in the air. They relied on the swallow for signs of summer-and on the screech-owl for signs of impending death.
Directed by GLYN DEARMAN (Repeated: Mon 3.0pm)


Unknown: Carlo Ardito
Novel By: Leonardo Sciascia
Directed By: Glyn Dearman
Captain Bellodi: John Duttine
Conductor: Michael Jenner
Police Sergeant: Geoffrey Matthews
Giuseppe Colasberna: Jonathan Scott
Sicilian: Ronald Herdman
Politician: Brett Usher
Dibella: Timothy Bateson
MP: Geoffrey Collins
Signora Nicolosi: Hilda Schroder
Don Mariano: Richard Hurndall
Diego Marchica: Anthony Hall
Rosario Pizzuco: William Eedle
Maria: Jill SimcOx
Signora Brescianelli: Rosemary Davis
Livia: Moir Leslie

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