Open reel tape

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/11/7
  • Dates of Creation
      [Early 1950s]
  • Physical Description
      2 pieces: tape on plastic 7" BASF reel, in original plastic EMI case; with loose note.

Scope and Content

Tape containing various recordings, as follows: the musical setting of T.S. Eliot's Practical Cats read by RD (as on the commercially produced disk at FRD1/11/21) and consisting of: (1) Overture; (2) 'The Naming of Cats'; (3) 'The Old Gumbie Cat'; (4) 'Gus, the Theatre Cat'; (5) 'Bustopher Jones: the Cat about Town'; (6) 'Old Deuteronomy'; (7) 'The Song of the Jellicles'. These recordings take up side one of the archival compact cassette. Side two consists principally of a series of poetry readings by RD, which are largely unannounced, but which may have formed the basis of an original radio broadcast as they are preceded by music. The readings are as follows: 5 poems by Keats, namely (1) 'Ode to Psyche'; (2) 'Ode on Melancholy'; (3) 'Ode to a Nightingale'; (4) 'To Autumn'; (5) 'Bright Star'; followed by: (6) Extract from 'Adonais' by P.B. Shelley; (7) Shakespeare's 'Dirge for Fidele' from Cymbeline; (8) 'The Intake' by J. Redwood-Anderson; (9) Introduction to and reading of a speech by William Pitt (10) A recorded extract from the early part of the film The Magic Box, consisting of an exchange between William Friese-Greene and his estranged wife Edith.

Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes. With a manuscript note of contents.


Transferred to cassette no. D66.