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The Monday Play: The Insect Play


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A Century of Modern Theatre
The Insect Play by Karel and Josef Capek, translated from the Czech by Paul Selver and adapted for the English stage by Nigel Playfair and Clifford Bax.
Aadapted for radio by Ian Cotterell with music by David Cain.

"So, Naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum."

Realised in the BBC Radio-phonic Workshop by Dick Mills


Writer: Josef Capek
Writer: Karel Kapek
Translator: Paul Selver
Adaptor: Nigel Playfair
Adaptor: Clifford Bax
Adaptor: Ian Cotterell
Composer: David Cain
Musician: Christopher Hogwood
Musician: John Royston Mitchell
Composer: Dick Mills
Technical Presentation: Peter Novis
Technical Presentation Assistant: Anthea Davies
Technical Presentation Assistant: Allyson Reed
Producer: Ian Cotterell
The Tramp: Anthony Jackson
Lepidopterist: Malcolm Hayes
Butterfly - Felix: John Rye
Butterfly - Iris: Carole Boyd
Butterlfly - Clytie: Margaret Robertson
Butterfly - Otto: Nigel Lambert
Marauder - Mr Beetle: Cyril Shaps
Marauder - Mrs Beetle: Betty Hardy
Marauder - Strange Beetle: Paul Gaymon
Marauder - Ichneumon Fly: Peter Woodthorpe
Marauder - Its Larva: Kate Coleridge
Marauder - Mr Cricket: Michael Deacon
Marauder - Mrs Cricket: Carole Boyd
Marauder - Parasite: Malcolm Hayes
Ant - Chief Engineer: Peter Woodthorpe
Ant - Second Engineer: Hector Ross
Ant - Blind Ant: Paul Gaymon
Ant - Inventor: Cyril Shaps
Ant - Messenger: Michael Cochrane
Ant - Journalist: Nigel Lambert
Ant - Yellow Leader: Peter Whitman
Epilogue - Chrysalis: Judy Bennett
Epilogue - Moth: Margaret Robertson
Epilogue - Moth: Kate Coleridge
Epilogue - Woodcutter: Hector Ross
Epilogue - Woman: Betty Hardy

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The Monday Play: The Insect Play

BBC Radio 4 FM, 1 September 1975 20.00

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