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'THE ANATHEMATA'

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Fragments of an attempted writing by David Jones
Adapted for broadcasting and produced by Douglas Cleverdon
The English Voices
Valentine Dyall , Carleton Hobbs
Frank Duncan , James McKechnie
The Welsh Voices
Dylan Thomas , Rachel Thomas
Surwen Morgan , Gwenllian Owen
A section of the Schola Polyphonica
Director, Henry Washington
The Deller Consort
Members of the Looe Singers
The Anaihemata is concerned with the inheritance of Western civilisation as perceived by ' a Londoner of Welsh and English parentage, of Protestant upbringing, of Catholic subscription.' The action takes place against the background of the Mass and thus, symbolically, of the Crucifixion. Of the eight sections, Rile and Fore-Time describes the emergence of man-as-artist. Middle-Sea and Lear-Sea recalls the flowering of civilisation on the shores of the Mediterranean, whence a ship sails to Lear's island of Britain. In Angle-Land the ship is driven by storms to the North Sea; in Redriff it is berthed in the Pool of London. The Lady of the Pool evokes the Roman foundations of the City. Keel, Ram, Stauros has for its theme the Tree of Calvary. Mabinog's Liturgy recalls the Annunciation and the Nativity, with an interlude on Guenevere at the Christmas Mass. Sherthursdaye and Venus Day describes, symbolically, the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. The work ends with the theme of the Holy Cross.

Contributors

Unknown:
David Jones
Produced By:
Douglas Cleverdon
Unknown:
Valentine Dyall
Unknown:
Carleton Hobbs
Unknown:
Frank Duncan
Unknown:
James McKechnie
Unknown:
Dylan Thomas
Unknown:
Rachel Thomas
Unknown:
Surwen Morgan
Unknown:
Gwenllian Owen
Director:
Henry Washington
The Lady of the Pool:
Diana Maddox
Eb Bradshaw:
Norman Shelley
The Seamen:
Peter Lindsay
The Seamen:
Neville Hartley

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