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1. HARRY HEMSLEY introduces the Children
3. DOROTHY SUMMERS has a Brush with the Highbrows
(from ' The Trials of Topsy', by A. P. HERBERT )
4. THE TWO JACKS in an Act of Syncopation
5. ' Five Birds in a Cage' by GERTRUDE JENNINGS
The Scene is an Underground Lift
Production by MARTYN C. WEBSTER
(Midland Regional Programme)
This diverting programme should show National listeners Midland variety at its best. Harry Hemsley rings up the curtain with his popular child impersonations, and then a child herself in Joan Daniels (for she is only fifteen) is to repeat the big hit she made on the air as a singer when she made her debut a month ago. The Two Jacks are to keep the ball rolling in between two sketches in which Dorothy Summers is to star. A Brush with the Highbrows, from ' The Trials of Topsy ', by A. P. Herbert and Five Birds in a Cage by Gertrude Jennings.
This briliiant one-act play, featuring five people trapped in a lift, is possibly the best ever written by the best known writer of one-act plays of modern times. It sparkles with wit and draws character with a deft hand. It was originally produced at the Haymarket Theatre, London, for a special matinée in 1915, and went into the evening bill, where it remained for 284 consecutive performances. A radio version was broadcast from 2LO in 1026, and it was one of Martyn C. Webster 's most popular productions last winter.


Harry Hemsley
Dorothy Summers
A. P. Herbert
Gertrude Jennings
Production By:
Martyn C. Webster
Harry Hemsley
Joan Daniels
A. P. Herbert
Gertrude Jennings.
Martyn C. Webster
Susan, Duchess of Wiltshire:
Dorothy Summers
Leonard, Lord Porth:
John Bentley
Nelly, a milliner's assistant:
Cecily Gay
Bert, a workman:
Denis Folwell
Horace, the liftman:
Arthur Freeman

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