Conducted by Paul Rimmer
Relayed from the OPERA HOUSE, MANCHESTER
The Station Orchestra
'SWORD OR SCABBARD'
A Jacobite Play, written by KATE E. RILEY
Presented by STUART E. VINDEN , and played by the STATION PLAYERS
The period is that of the Scottish Rebellion of 1745 and the scenes are enacted in Birmingham
A room in Simon's house in Derilend on a December evening in '45. Simon is seated by the fire; his father, a very aged man, sits on the opposite side of the fireplace, dozing. Mary, Simon's sister, is laying the supper table.
Anthony Forbes's office at his Works - the same evening as Scene I. Anthony is seated at a desk awaiting the arrival of his foreman, William Webber. The room is low and raftered, and on the walls hang scabbards of every description. Amongst them is a sword. It is of foreign workmanship and hangs close to where Anthony is seated. It bears the following inscription:
'Never draw me without reason,
Nor sheathe me without honour.'
A room in 'The Orchard House' on the evening of the same day. The room is oak-panelled to the ceiling and is furnished with Jacobean chairs, table and sideboard. Within the ingle-nook Dame Austin is seated winding yarn. Edith is sitting farther away at the spinning wheel.
The Spring of 1746âthe samo room in 'The Orchard House.' Betty is alone - vigorously polishing a coal scuttle.
A Modern Composer looking into the Eighteenth Century