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: The Man with the Flower in his Mouth

A dialogue by Luigi Pirandello

The Man With the Flower in his Mouth is one of the few Pirandello plays that are well known in the English theatre. It has been broadcast, and twice televised on the old thirty-line system. One of the television broadcasts was with puppets, produced by Jan Bussell. The play ends on a grim note, and the philosophy contained in it is characteristic of the author. He was born in Sicily in 1867. At the age of nineteen he went to Rome, and a few years later he travelled to Germany to graduate in philosophy at the University of Bonn. In 1925 he founded an Arts Theatre in Rome for the performance of new Italian and foreign plays, and in the same year he brought the company of this theatre to London for the production of some of his own plays. He died in December, 1936.


Author: Luigi Pirandello
Producer: Royston Morley
The Man: William Devlin
The Customer: Philip Thornley
The Woman: Genitha Halsey
And a guitarist: Bill Tringham [unbilled]

: Eric Coates

conducts The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader, Boris Pecker
in a programme of his own compositions.
(Solo saxophone, Ken Gray)
Overture, "The Merrymakers"
"I pitch my lonely caravan"
March, "Knightsbridge" (London Suite)

Eric Coates's "Saxo-Rhapsody" was first performed at the Folkestone Musical Festival in September, 1936, and was broadcast on January 16 last, the soloist on both occasions being Sigurd Rascher, for whom the piece was written. To serious concert artists like Rascher who have for long lamented the scantiness of the saxophone repertoire, the "Saxo-Rhapsody" is an ideal composition; it does much to dispel the erroneous idea that the saxophone is solely a jazz instrument. For all this, however, Coates has said of it: "Secretly feeling that where there is a saxophone syncopation is never far away, I surreptitiously slipped in a few bars of syncopated rhythm, hoping that the classically-minded Sigurd would not mind".
The soloist this afternoon, Ken Gray, is a member of the BBC Television Orchestra.


Conductor: Eric Coates
Musicians: The BBC Television Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Boris Pecker
Saxophonist: Ken Gray

: The John Carr Jacquard Puppets

John Carr, described by his wife as chief 'puppetrator' of the Jacquard Puppets, makes a special point of adapting his show to television. All the models are made by him and dressed by his wife, and manipulated by his family. Perhaps his most attractive creation is his musical trio, composed of a 'cellist, pianist, and violinist, whose movements are made to correspond accurately with the music. Of these three musicians, it is hoped that the fiddler will be seen by viewers today. Although John Carr has been interested in puppets only for about four years, he has established himself as one of the foremost authorities on the art.


Puppeteer: John Carr

: Cabaret

with Valerie Hobson, Richard Dolman, Ernst and Lotte Berk, Charles Zwar, Edward Cooper and Eric Wild and his Tea-Timers.


Performer: Valerie Hobson
Performer: Richard Dolman
Dancer: Ernst Berk
Dancer: Lotte Berk
Performer: Charles Zwar
Performer: Edward Cooper
Musicians: Eric Wild and his Tea-Timers
Producer: Dallas Bower

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