A comedy by Rutherford Mayne
Produced by H. L. Morrow
Tonight's contribution to the Ulster Radio Drama Festival was originally written for the stage and produced at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Since then it has been given in London and New York, and translated into six languages. It has been broadcast three times before, the last occasion being in March this year.
Rutherford Mayne's real name is
Samuel Waddell and he is a brother of Helen Waddell , the distinguished author of ' Peter Abelard '.
Listeners will remember that The
Drone tells the story of Uncle Dan and how he spent his time doing singularly little in the back bedroom of his brother's house. ' An idle, good-for-nothing oul' pull-the-cork ' was the label given him by a neighbouring spinster who had her eye on his eligible brother and his farm. Nevertheless, Uncle Dan's wonderful invention of a fanbellas ' that wouldn't blow was the means of saving his brother not only from an ill-considered match but from an action for breach of promise as well.
John Murray, a farmer:
Daniel Murray, his brother:
Mary Murray, John's daughter:
Andrew McMinn, a farmer:
Sarah McMinn, his sister:
Donal Mackenzie, a Scottish engineer:
Sam Brown, a labourer in John Murray's employment:
Kate, a servant girl in John Murray's employment:
Alick McCready, a young farmer:
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