' Rhowch gatennig yn galonnog
I ddyn gwan sydd heb un geiniog ; Gymaint roddwch, rhowch yn ddiddig, Peidiwch grwgnach am ryw, 'chydig '
Ceisir cyfleu mewn rhaglen ddramatig rai o hen arferion Cymru Fu yng ngwyliau Nadolig a Chalan. Atgyfodir hen gerddi a rhigymau'r werin, ac awn am dro i hela'r dryw, i ymofyn calennig ac i glustfeinio ar garolau'r Plygain mewn eglwys wledig.
Y Rhaglen a'r Cyfarwyddo gan
T ROWLAND HUGHES
(A Welsh Feature Programme dealing with old Christmas and New Year customs)
An Heroic Play for all ages by W. GRIFFIN
With Music by CHARLES F. WATERS
Production by CYRIL WOOD
The play begins in the workroom of Thomas Tod , a tailor, in which are heard:
Thomas Tod , himself; Gertrude, his wife; A Burgomaster
Hob, Nob, Clem, Diccon, Hercules, and Jonas (Tailors)
From Tod's house a journey is made to the Last of the Old Kingdoms, where, in the Throne Room of the Palace, are heard:
King Hobo the Tenth ; Eunice, the Queen-Consort; Rosamund, the Princess ; Lord Great Panjandrum (The Government); Sullivan P.C. (The Police Force) ; General Reserve (The
Army); Thomas Tod ; A Peasant
Then to a Lonely Place, where
Thomas Tod meets ;
Sullivan P.C. ; A Charcoal Burner ; and The Dragon
Once more to the King's Palace and finally
Back again to the Workroom of Thomas Tod
This might be called a Christmas Children's Play for Grown-Ups, but then again it might equally well be called a Christmas Grown-Up Play for Children. Not that the play has anything to do with Christmas-it might have happened at any time. The truth is, perhaps, that Christmas is the one time of the year when grown-ups allow themselves the indulgence of reverting to childhood, and children are allowed for once to be any age they please. It would seem, at any rate, that some such spirit animated the author when he wrote Tod the Tailor, seeing that he successfully combines the humours of the world of once-upon-a-time with the humour of today. In a word-a real family play.
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