Under The Loofah Tree


20060207This new production of a play first broadcast in 1958 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Giles Cooper, one of radio's most original and imaginative dramatists.

A man is having a bath.

Every imaginative device is used to expose his life, aspirations and will to survive.

Edward Thwaite....Michael Maloney

Muriel....Jenny Funnell

Rory....Thomas Helm

Compere/ Judkin....Sam Kelly

Traveller/ Sgt....Bernard Cribbins

Head/ Father....Ian Masters

Mother....Sandy Walsh

Director Martin Jenkins


19971018By Giles Cooper.

Sealed in the privacy of his bathroom, Edward Thwaite withstands invasion from the outside world.

This 1975 production, broadcast to mark the 75th anniversary of the BBC, shows `radio at its most quintessential, moving with a speed, elegance and economy of which no other medium is capable'.

With Cyril Shaps and Kathleen Helme.