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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.


Comedy By: Rutherford Mayne
Produced By: H. L. Morrow
Unknown: Samuel Waddell
Unknown: Helen Waddell
Unknown: Peter Abelard
John Murray, a farmer: Rutherford Mayne
Daniel Murray, his brother: James Hodgen
Mary Murray, John's daughter: Cicely Mathews
Andrew McMinn, a farmer: J. R. Mageean
Sarah McMinn, his sister: Bee Duffell
Donal Mackenzie, a Scottish engineer: Archie Douglas
Sam Brown, a labourer in John Murray's employment: J. G. Devlin
Kate, a servant girl in John Murray's employment: Betty Norman
Alick McCready, a young farmer: Charles Owens


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(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co. Ltd.)
Part 2
Eva Turner (soprano)
The BBC Symphony Orchestra
(ninety players)
Leader, Paul Beard
Conducted by SIR HENRY J. WOOD


Leader: Paul Beard
Conducted By: Sir Henry J. Wood


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