Relayed from the Eisteddfod
S.B. from Liverpool
President, Sir JOHN MORRIS JONES
THE EISTEDDFOD CHOIR and THE LIVERPOOL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(Leader, VASCO V. AKEROYD).
Conducted by E. T. DAVIES
THE origin of the marionette theatre, like that of the drama proper, or ' flesh-and-blood,' is lost in antiquity, though it is known that the Egyptians used it in their religious ceremonies many centuries before Christ. Italy, however, is the traditional home of the marionettes ; it is in Italy that they have most consistently retained their popularity, that the art and craft of manipulating them has been preserved, its secrets being handed down, orally, generation after generation in the families devoted to Le Piccole Maschere, and that composers and dramatists of the first rank have written special works for the marionettes to perform.
England has seen the puppet theatre before our time, for it came here in Pepys's day; but it was Gordon Craig who revived interest in it, and just recently the Italian theatre of Le Piccole Maschere has been having a most successful run in London. Mr. Meadmore, who is now associated with this theatre, worked with Gordon Craig at his open-air theatre in Florence before the war. He is also a well-known musical expert.
(Picture on page. 182.)
THE North-West frontier of India is one of J- the wildest and most rugged districts in which a British soldier can be stationed, and concert parties there are as welcome as manna in the desert. Many who served on the Frontier during the Afghan trouble after the Armistice will remember that these concert-parties toured the camps, facing every sort of difficulty, from stray snipers to mountain winds that blew away the backcloth ; hauling their piano up cliffs, lighting their fit-up stage with armoured car headlights or with ' buttis,' and generally sparing no pains to organize a cheery show. Mr. Ewart Seott , of the Meerut Division, was theorganizer of one of these parties, The Jade Jesters,' which penetrated as far north as Landi Kotal ; and with his aid, and that of one or two other members of the original Frontier Concert Parties, an attempt will be made tonight to recapture something of the atmosphere of those al fresco shows under Eastern skies.
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