A play by Robert Nichols
Adapted for radio' and produced by Raymond Raikes
Characters in order of speaking:
Scene: The living-room of a house, formerly a Buddhist temple, on an eminence immediately above a Treaty Port of Southern Japan. Period: The year 1922.
Professor Kikuchi, Director of anInstitute of Bacteriological:
Dr Eliot Ballentine, a research worker:
Karin Ballentine, his wife:
The Rev Archibald Meadows, a chaplain:
Miss Boniface, a missionary:
Augustus Peach (' Peachy ') a mer chant:
Mr Whalley, an official in an oil company:
Taguchi-San, a Japanese servant:
Opera in three acts by Bellini Libretto
by Carlo Pepoli
(sung in Italian) on gramophone records
Cast in order of singing:
Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
(Chorus-Master, Vittore Veneziani )
CONDUCTED BY TULLIO SERAFIN
The action takes place in England, near Plymouth, during the Civil War.
Sir Bruno Robertson, a Puritan officer (tenor):
Sic Richard Forth, a Puritan officer,suitor of Elvira (baritone):
Elvira, daughter of Lord Walton soprano):
Sir George Walton, brother of Lord Wallon(bass):
Lord Walton, a Puritan (bass):
Henrietta widow of Ovaries I (soprano):
Lord Arthur Taibot, a Cavalier, in love with Elvira (tenor):
Richard Irvine Best
'To talk well about Irian would take all the lifetimes of all the men who've ever studied this language and literature.' Such is the view of Dr. Richard Irvine Best, late Librarian of the National Library of Ireland, who has himself spent a lifetime in this study. He speaks therefore not so much about Irish as its devotees, re-. calling some of the famous and diverting personalities he has encountered during his life's work.
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