Miss FLORENCE WHITE (' Mary Evelyn '): 'Oatcakes of Various Kinds '
IT may seem strange to find oatcakes called an old English dish; but, in fact, as. all
North country people know, they are as firmly established in Lancashire or Derbyshire as in the 'Land of Cakes'—i.e., of oatcakes-itself. Shakespeare refers to oat-cakes ; he may perhaps have eaten them in Stratford-on-Avon. In 1620 Venner wrote, as of a quaint and surprising fact, that ' of Oates in Wales, and some of the Northornoshiros of England, they make broad, especially in manner of Cakes.' It used to be a custom in Lancashire and Herefordshire on All Souls' Day for the wealthy to give away oatcakes, called 'Soul-mass-cakes,' to the poor, who acknowledged them in the simple couplet
' God have poor soul
Bones and all '
Ruskin wrote that he used to eat ' oatcakes and butter-for I was always a gourmand.'
At THE ORGAN of TUSSAUD'S CINEMA
LEONARDO KEMP and his PICCADILLY HOTEL
From THE PICCADILLY HOTEL
Mr. Eric PARKER : Round the Countryside— 11, Wild Fruit'
Sir WALFORD DAVIES : 'Phrases and their Rise and Fall' (2.30 Juniors, 3.0 Seniors)
Monsieur E. M. STEPHAN : Early Stages in French—II
Monsieur E. M.
' That the Talkie is no improvement on the Silent Film '
Proposed by Mr. HUGH STOKES
Opposed by Miss A. M. FIELD
Directed by ALFRED VAN DAM
From THE TROCADERO CINEMA, ELEPHANT AND
' Tho Creak,' from ' A Book of Sea Stories' (J. G. Fyfe ), arranged as a Dialogue Story, with Incidental Music played by THE OLOF SEXTET
WEATHER FORECAST, FIRST GENERAL NEWS
BULLETIN; London Stock Exchange Report and Bulletin for Farmers
QUINTETS for STRINGS and PIANOFORTE
Played by THE INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET:
ANDRÉ MANGEOT (Violin), WALTER PRICE (Violin), ERIC BRAY (Viola), JACK SHINEBOURNE
( Violoncello) and YVONNE ARNAUD
WEE GEORGIE WOOD
In Wee Macgreegor
LENA CHISHOLM AND ORD HAMILTON
In Something New
In Child Impersonations
CLAUD HULBERT AND
In Some More Nonsense
The New Zealand Mimic
THE ORCHESTRA under the direction of LESLIE WOODGATE
The Hon. Harold Nicolson, C.M.G.: 'The New Spirit in Literature: Introduction'
Mr. Harold Nicolson has broadcast his delightful talks on 'People and Things' since January, 1930, as well as many other talks. He was formerly a diplomat; he is well known for his excellent biographies and critical works. His literary judgments arc always interesting and stimulating; on the subject of 'Modern Literature' he will be in his element. In this, the first of his twelve talks, he will give a general introduction to the series. He will explain to whom it is primarily addressed; he will state the problems which arise in modem developments in literature, changes in taste and in the reading public, changes in the aims and attitudes of writers, the relations of literature to modem thought, and the direction which literature is taking to-day.
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
NORMAN WILLIAMS (Baritone)
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL NEWS
(Ethel Smyth )
Relayed from THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT
Act III-The Smugglers' Cave
Conductor, JOHN BARBIROLLI
THE opera is built round the deliberate wrecking of ships by fanatically religious
Cornish villagers who believe wrecks to be a direct gift of Providence. Thirza, the wife of Pasooe, and her lover, Mark, have, however, 'traitorously' warned ships by lighting beacon fires; though by a misunderstanding, Pascoe is accused of the treachery and is to be tried for hjs life by the villagers. The following summary of the third act is by the composer herself.
' Daybreak : interior of a cavern that opens on the sea ; shivering, the crowd awaits the leaders, who presently arrive, escorting Pascoe. After a prayer for guidance, Lawrence relates how Pascon, found near the beacon, refuses to explain his presence there. As he persists in his silence, Avis assures the crowd that the witch Thirza has turned her doting husband'into a traitor. The crowd proceed to condemn him, but Mark rushes in and denounces himself. Asked why he thus acted, he replies': "Who can explain their actions ? "-he had counted the cost. and is proud and happy to die. Avis implores them not to bnlieve him, but Thirza, who here enters, snys Mark did it to please her. Perceiving that she has ruined the man she loves, Avis tries to save him by declaring he had passed that night with her. But Thirza proudly claims him as confederate and lover; whereupon, Avis frantically demands death for both, and is disowned and driven out of.the cave by her father.
' The sea is now dashing against the mouth of the cavern. Lawrence proposes that those " adulterers and traitors " here find their death. All agree. A Chorus of Condemnation is sung. Pascoe pleads for .his wife, but she demands death. He incites her to live and repent; she scoffs at th3 idea of repentance. ''Die then, but not here with your lover!" cries Pascoe, endeavouring to drag her out of the cavern. Hereupon, Thirza begins to call a curse on them all ; the terrified crowd urges Pascoe to let her be; recovering his dignity, he does so. The crowd
, hurries away, singing the dirge for the dying; the iron gate clangs, and the lovers, chained to a rock. are left exultant-alone with Love and Death.'— ETHEL SMYTH.
MELVILLE GIDEON and THE DORCHESTER DANCE BAND, from
THE DORCHESTER HOTEL