The first performance in this country of the play by LAWRENCE DURRELL adapted for radio by MARGARET ETALL and JOHN POWELL with music by DAVID CAIN starring Barbara Jefford with Timothy West , Prunella Scales David March, Michael Deacon

The action of the play takes place in Scythia and Italy in the middle of the first centurv ad. Lawrence Durrell 's play mixes history and legend in both the characters and the events. Against a romantic background. it compares reality and illusion - Life and Art, the act and the wish.

' There is an obscure connection between the act and the wish which needs care in handling; one can damage oneself, one can give the whole world blood poisoning.'

Cast in order of speaking:

Music and special sound recorded in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Produced by JOHN POWELL