' The Romance of the Nile-I, The Story of Nile Exploration '
ALTHOUGH Mr. Wardle is primarily a zoologist—Lecturer in Zoology at Manchester University-he spent his time on the Nile in studying not only, animals, but the habits and customs of the people. In these talks he will deal generally with the life and activities that centre round the great river that has brought fame and prosperity to Egypt.
Relayed from the Piccadilly Picture-Theatre
A Play by CLIFFORD BAX
Set to Music by ARMSTRONG GIBBS
Relayed to Daventry
Pantaloon (a middle-aged Merchant)
FREDERICK RANALOW (Baritone)
(in his original part)
Harlequin (a young Scholar)
SYDNEY NORTHCOTE (Tenor)
Mrs. Pascall (a Widow aged 32)
MARGARET COCHRAN (Soprano)
Columbine (Maidservant at the Blithe Heart)
MARJORIE DIXON (Contralto)
(in her original part)
The. AUGMENTED STATION ORCHESTRA
Conducted by T. H. MORRISON
THE play is by Clifford Bax, one of our younger playwrights, who has written, in addition to several small plays, more than one libretto, including the modern' version of The Beggar's Opera.
Armstrong Gibbs, the composer of the music has already written (in addition to chamber music and songs) the incidental music to Maeterlinck's Betrothal, and a comic opera, The Blue Peter, which has been broadcast from London.
Midsummer Madness takes its style from the old ballad operas. It consists of simple, tuneful songs and 'ensembles' (duets, quartets, etc.) interspersed with spoken dialogue. It had a fanciful plot, full of humour.
The whole plot is concerned with the satisfactory pairing off of the four characters. This would have been perfectly simple had. not young Harlequin found attractions not only in the maidservant, Columbine, but also in the widow. Hence arise complications, but they are smoothed away and the two men and two women, young and old, satisfactorily matched.
Arranged and Announced by EDGAR H. JOHNSON ,
District Organizing Secretary for the North of England, Royal National Lifeboat Institution
THE BLACKPOOL LIFEBOAT SILVER PRIZE BAND, conducted by JAMES BRIER
CLARA PARR (Contralto)
FORTY-TWO years ago Blackpool was a small fishing hamlet, very different from the growing seaside resort of today, and the long winter evenings dragged heavily for the members of the Blackpool Lifeboat Crew. They suggested that they should form a brass band, and gradually the idea was realized. The band. which is the only lifeboat band in the world, has been the means of raising vast sums of money for charitable causes and is now one of Blackpool's best-known institutions. Mr. E. H. Johnson, who will introduce the Band tonight, gave a talk to all stations early this year on the exciting rescues which were effected off the North-west coast during the heavy storms that raged during the month of January.
(This poem was written to commemorate the heroic rescue by the Lytham Lifeboat of the crew of the German barque Mexico, when she was wrecked off the Lancashire Coast in 1886. The St Anne 's and Southport Lifeboats were both overturned by the heavy seas and many brave men were lost.)
' TANG 0' THE SEA'
Adapted from P. Hoole Jackson 's ' The Stoker ' by JAMES L. HODSON
' The Stoker's Song,' by James L. Hodson , set to an air by Eric Fogg
Incidents arranged for broadcasting by VICTOR SMYTHE
R. HOOLE JACKSON , author of the novel
M Maid of the Moors ' and the book of verso entitled ' Thanksgiving,' served as a Tommy in Gallipoli during the War. On the journey to the Peninsula he was called upon to act as stoker and it is this experience that inspired him to write 'The Stoker.' It has been adapted by Mr. James Lonsdale Hodson, three of whose plays have already been broadcast from Manchester, and whose new three-act comedy will open the Manchester Station's dramatic season next autumn.
EDGAR H. JOHNSON
Some Epic Rescues from the Sea