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: Eric Portman in 'THE RETURN'

by Walter de la Mare
Radio script by Barbara Bray
Music composed by Elizabeth Poston conducted by Douglas Robinson
Cast in order of speaking:
Production by Donald McWhinnie


Unknown: Walter de la Mare
Script By: Barbara Bray
Composed By: Elizabeth Poston
Conducted By: Douglas Robinson
Production By: Donald McWhinnie
Arthur Lawford: Eric Portman
Ada: Sheila Grant
Sheila Lawford's wife: Avice Landone
Mr Bethany, the vicar: Milton Rosmer
Mr Danton: Willoughby Goddard
Dr Simon: Gerald Blake
Miss Sinnet Hester: Paton Brown
Alice Lawford's daughter: Janette Richer
Mr Herbert: Max Adrian
Grisel, his sister: Pamela Alan
A young woman: Janette Richer
Mrs Lovat: Sheila Grant


An opera in three acts
Libretto by Ranieri Calzabigi
Music by Gluck
(Sung In the original Italian)
The Geraint Jones Singers and Orchestra
(Leader, Winifred Roberts )
Alan Harverson
(harpsichord continue)
Repetiteur.George Coop
The action takes place in Ancient Greece in mythological times.
Scene 1: A courtyard before the palace at
Scene 2: The temple of Apollo


Unknown: Ranieri Calzabigi
Leader: Winifred Roberts
Conductor: Geraint Jones
Harpsichord: Alan Harverson
Repetiteur: George Coop
Admetus, King of Thessaly: Raoul Jobin
Alcestis, his wife: Kirsten Flagstad
Ismene, confidante to Alcestis: Marion Lowe
Evander, leader of the people: Alexander Young
High Priest of Apollo: Alfred Orda
Voice of Apollo: Alfred Orda
Herald: Thomas Hemsley
A spirit of the Underworld: Thomas Hemsley


Talk by Sidney Kark
Professor of Social. Preventive, and Family Medicine. University of Natal.
Professor Kark speaks about the severe health problems among Africans created by the processes of social and cultural change. He stresses that the matter is far wider than diseases directly due to urban slum conditions, and therefore takes as particular illustration a rural community in Natal where he was responsible for the establishment of a pioneer health centre.


Talk By: Sidney Kark


A hall in the palace


An Unsolved Problem
Talk by T. M. Harris
Professor of Botany
In the University of Reading
Flowering plants are the predominant plants over most of the world--conifer forests apart-and they provide us with most of our food; yet we know very little about their origin. In this talk Professor Harris considers the available evidence and the difficulties posed by it, and indicates the more hopeful lines of research.


Talk By: T. M. Harris


Scene 1: A courtyard in the palace Scene 2: The entrance to Hades


First of two talks by Fritz Rothschild
Mr. Rothschild's book on Bach, The Lost Tradition, aroused widespread comment. He is now working on the conventions of tempo, time signatures, and accentuation accepted by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.


Unknown: Fritz Rothschild

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