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The Insect Play


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by the Brothers Capek
Translated from the Czech by Paul Selver
Adapted for television and produced by Michael Barry
[Starring] Bernard Miles


Authors: the Brothers Capek
Translated from the Czech by: Paul Selver
Adapted for television and produced by: Michael Barry
Dance arranged by: Viola Merrett
Settings and masks designed by: Barry Learoyd
A tramp: Bernard Miles
A lepidopterist: Colin Gordon
Butterflies - Felix: Richard Bebb
Butterflies - Iris: Shelley Lynn
Butterflies - Victor: John Gabriel
Butterflies - Clytie: Jessie Evans
Butterflies - Otto: Jack Allen
A chrysalis: Jill Balcon
Mr Beetle: Desmond Keith
Mrs Beetle: Gretchen Franklin
Another beetle: Duncan Lewis
An Ichneumon fly: Colin Gordon
His daughter: Jessie Evans
Mr Cricket: Jack Newmark
Mrs Cricket: Hilda Schroder
A parasite: John Gabriel
Ants - Blind timekeeper: Victor Platt
Ants - Chief engineer: Andrew Osborn
Ants - Second engineer: Jack Allen
Ants - An inventor: John Gabriel
Ants - A signal officer: Martin Starkie
Ants - A journalist: Desmond Keith
Ants - A philanthropist: Sibell Gill
Ants - Commander-in-chief of the Yellows: William Roderick
Ants - Soldier: Richard Bebb
Ants - Soldier: Duncan Lewis
Ants - Soldier: Jack Newmark
Moth: Viola Merrett
Moth: Catherine Summerton
Moth: Musetta Fonnereau
First snail: Gretchen Franklin
Second snail: Jessie Evans
A woodcutter: Duncan Lewis
A woman: Shelley Lynn
School child: Hilda Schroder
School child: Paddy Russell

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