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Ask Your Dad
A family general knowledge game.
Chairman, Humphrey Lestocq

Children's Newsreel

Cause for Alarm
A comedy by Donald Cashfield and Bryan Kendrick.
The action takes place in a village by the sea in the summer of 1955
See page 21
(Beryl Measor is in "Separate Tables" at the St. James's Theatre; Timothy Bateson is in "Mourning Becomes Electra" at the Arts Theatre Club; Derek Hodgson is in "The King and I" at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; Michael Mellinger is in "The Teahouse of the August Moon" at Her Majesty's Theatre, London)

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Chairman (Ask Your Dad):
Humphrey Lestocq
Writer (Cause for Alarm):
Donald Cashfield
Writer (Cause for Alarm):
Bryan Kendrick
Producer (Cause for Alarm):
Naomi Capon
Designer (Cause for Alarm):
Eileen Diss
Mrs. Lane:
Beryl Measor
Jane, her daughter:
Janet Cottam
Her sons - Paul:
Roger Page
Her sons - Dick:
Derek Hodgson
Harry, a van driver:
Timothy Bateson
Mr. Prenderghast, a village shop-keeper:
Frederick Piper
P.C. Carter:
Michael Bates
Michael Mellinger

Chairman, Franklin Engelmann
Panel: Barbara Lyon, Molly Weir, Richard Murdoch, Frank Owen
Special investigators, Pauline and Larry Forrester


Franklin Engelmann
Barbara Lyon
Molly Weir
Richard Murdoch
Frank Owen
Special investigator:
Pauline Forrester
Special investigator:
Larry Forrester
Presented by:
Ernest Maxin

by W. Somerset Maugham.
The action takes place at the Tabrets' home near London. Time, the present
(There is an interval at 9.0 app.)

At 8.30
In a recent television discussion about acting there was mention of this play as an example of a modern work offering superb opportunities to three actresses; and indeed, ever since its first production in 1929, this has been recognised as a highly effective 'strong' problem-play in the naturalist idiom, and a prime example of Mr. Maugham's spare, exactly gauged dialogue. Nobody has been more expert in conducting emotional storms among the teacups of an ordinary drawing-room, mixing gun-powder and good manners, reconciling emotional crises with the idiom of a class and generation given to understatement.

Maurice Tabret, the central character, is a young man dreadfully injured in an air crash, who for six years has been paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. His wife, Stella, with whom he had been passionately happy, has done her best to comfort him and make the best of their changed life; they now live with Maurice's mother, and there is a young Nurse who completes the trio of women whose concern is Maurice's well-being. But there is tension beneath the calm surface, especially with Stella, and the arrival of Maurice's brother, Colin, provokes a situation whose tragedy is exacerbated by the fact that everybody concerned means well. Thus, the sacred flame, as James Agate put it, "is a five-branched candelabrum - Maurice's ineffectual desire, Stella's pity, her normal attraction towards Colin, Nurse Wayland's burning chastity, and the mother's all-embracing love". (Peter Forster)


W. Somerset Maugham
Hal Burton
Maurice Tabret:
Emrys Jones
Dr. Harvester:
Mark Dignam
Mrs. Tabret:
Marie Ney
Nurse Wayland:
Irene Worth
Amy Dalby
Major Liconda:
Julian D'Albie
Stella Tabret:
Anne Crawford
Colin Tabret:
Dermot Walsh

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