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Summer Laughter: No. 1: Two Comedies


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'The Pie and the Tart'
Adapted from a French Farce of the Fifteenth Century by Mathurin Dondo
Vagabonds: Windfed
Vagabonds: Leanface
Gautier, a pastrycook
Marion, his wife
Scene: Paris, many years ago-outside the pastry cook's shop, on a cold late afternoon.

'The Dumb Wife of Cheapside'
A Comedy written for broadcasting, in a Prologue and Two Acts by Ashley Dukes
(After a tale related in the Pantagruel of Rabelais)
In the Prologue:
A Showman
In the Comedy:
Alderman John Groat, a city haberdasher
Mistress Ann Groat, his wife
Master Quill, an attorney
Master Julep, a physician
Master Sunder, a surgeon
Master Ounce, an apothecary
A Manservant
A Waiting-Woman
Of the Prologue - Outside a booth at a Fair
Of the Comedy - The Alderman's House in Cheapside

Plays adapted for broadcasting and produced by Cyril Wood

In spite of evidence to the contrary, we still like to think of summer in terms of hot days and warm, lazy evenings-on the river, by the sea, under the trees, light laughter, and the rest of the delightful vision. Summer evenings do not somehow seem suited to the strong emotions and searching problems of the more serious drama. In this new series, 'Summer Laughter,' while we cannot guarantee the physical elements under which you listen, our aim is to stimulate with light dramatic fare the always welcome element of laughter.


Author (The Pie and the Tart): Mathurin Dondo
Writer (The Dumb Wife of Cheapside): Ashley Dukes
Adapted by/Producer: Cyril Wood

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