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: Googie Withers and Walter Fitzgerald in 'KOMUSO'

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.


Play By: Robert Nichols
Produced By: Raymond Raikes
Professor Kikuchi, Director of anInstitute of Bacteriological: T. St. John Barry
Dr Eliot Ballentine, a research worker: Richard Williams
Karin Ballentine, his wife: Googie Withers
The Rev Archibald Meadows, a chaplain: Leslie Wright
Miss Boniface, a missionary: Kelty MacLeod
Augustus Peach (' Peachy ') a mer chant: Walter Fitzgerald
Mr Whalley, an official in an oil company: James Dale
Derek Fytton: John Witty
Taguchi-San, a Japanese servant: Tatsuo Ishida


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 )
The action takes place in England, near Plymouth, during the Civil War.
Act 1


Unknown: Bellini Libretto
Unknown: Carlo Pepoli
Chorus-Master: Vittore Veneziani
Conducted By: Tullio Serafin
Sir Bruno Robertson, a Puritan officer (tenor): Angelo Mercuriali
Sic Richard Forth, a Puritan officer,suitor of Elvira (baritone): Rolando Panerai
Elvira, daughter of Lord Walton soprano): Maria Meneghini Callas
Sir George Walton, brother of Lord Wallon(bass): Nicola Rossi-Lemejii
Lord Walton, a Puritan (bass): Carlo Ford
Henrietta widow of Ovaries I (soprano): Aurora Cattclani
Lord Arthur Taibot, a Cavalier, in love with Elvira (tenor): Giuseppe Di Stefano


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.


Acts 2 and 3


Unpublished poetry chosen and introduced by Anthony Hartley


Introduced By: Anthony Hartley


French Overture in B minor played by George Malcolm (harpsichord)
Last of six programmes of harpsichord music from Bach's Clavieriibung


Harpsichord: George Malcolm

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