THE BAYAN SINGERS
In Russian Folk Songs
Light Comedy Songs at the Piano
VIOLET ESSEX and CHARLES TUCKER
Supported by THE ARCADIAN ORCHESTRA
RUPERT HARVEY the singing Cartoonist
Xylophone and Vibraphone Solos, with HARRY JACOBSON at the Piano
Our Hebrew Friend
PERCY CHANDLER and his BAND from Chez Quaglino
THE PROGRAMME WILL BE COMPERED BY JOAN DAVIS
A Play of the City, the Sea, and the Jungle
Specially written for broadcasting by L. DU GARDE PEACH
Produced by PETER CRESWELL
Listeners who heard the original broadcast of this very successful thriller in August a year ago will remember that it marked a new departure both in the technique of writing wireless plays and in the method of production. The device known as ' the fade' is used to indicate how the action of the play swings to and fro, without break or pause, between a City boardroom and a tropical forest; a tea-table in Mayfair and the engine-room of a tramp steamer meeting heavy weather near Cape Verde Islands; a laboratory in London and one of those places in the City where speculators foregather to discuss shares. In every case the focus of the action is the mysterious ingredient whose composition nobody knows, but on which the lives and fortunes of all the persons in the play depend.'
To the handful of white men engaged, with an army of natives, in extracting Ingredient X from the tropical forest, it is something that their employers in London want so badly that the natives must be worked to death, and they.
. themselves, must stake their lives in a wild gamble to get it quickly, in quantities sufficient to check the stream of urgent cables from home. To the officers of the tramp, it is a curious and perilous cargo that looks like ordinary dirt. To the directors of Synthetic Rubber Limited, it' is the life-blood of a new industry; to the analyst, it is a mystery ; to Sylvia, a rope of pearls. And to every one of them, in the end, it is Fate.
Ingredient X is a thriller-an indubitable thriller, and something more.
du Garde Peach
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