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: For Older Children: The Press Gang

An operetta written and composed by Alan Bush and Nancy Bush.
The adventures of William, a Shoemaker's apprentice in the days of sailing ships and press gangs, who is forced to join a man-of-war against his will.
William, a shoemaker's apprentice
Lucy, his true love
Sarah, the deserted sweetheart
Captain Rapscallion, the leader of the press gang
Mahogany Joe, an old sailor
Fishermen, fishergirls, members of the press gang, and sailors
Scene 1. The quay of Falmouth Town in the eighteenth century
Scene 2. The hold of H.M.S. 'Dreadnought', at anchor in the bay
Scene 3. The living-room of the shoe-maker's house in Falmouth
Performed by members of the junior choirs of Watford Co-operative Society
Education Committee

(to 16.00)


Writer/composer: Alan Bush
Writer/composer: Nancy Bush
Musical Direction: Gladys Ritchie
Stage Production: George Foster
Conductor: Alan Bush
Presented for Television by: John Alien
Presented for Television by: Peter Thompson

: Winter Sports

A film of winter sports in the Swiss mountains.

: Music-Hall

[Starring] Tessie O'Shea, Harry Green, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Leon (Shakespeare) Cortez, Luton Girls' Choir, Laurie Watson, The Three Garcias, Dennis and Betty Railings, Leslie Roberts' Music-Hall Maids, Eric Robinson and his Augmented Orchestra
From St. Pancras Assembly Hall


Comedienne: Tessie O'Shea
Comedian: Harry Green
Soprano: Anne Ziegler
Tenor: Webster Booth
Comedian: Leon (Shakespeare) Cortez
Singers: Luton Girls' Choir
Ventriloquist: Laurie Watson
Performers: The Three Garcias
Performer: Dennis Railings
Performer: Betty Railings
Performers: Leslie Roberts' Music Hall Maids
Musicians: Eric Robinson and his Augmented Orchestra
Producer: Richard Afton

: Newsreel

(Repeat of Monday's edition)

: News

(sound only)
(to 22.25)

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