BATLEY TOWNSWOMEN'S GUILD PRESENTS THE FIRST HEART TRANSPLANT/ THE FIRST UNDERWATER PRODUCTION OF 'MEASURE FOR MEASURE'
Cut to quick clip
of the Battle of Pearl Harbour from
season 1, episode 11, starting with E.I. blowing his whistle and the two sides rushing at each other. Cut back to
last year's re-enactment of the Battle of Pearl Harbour performed by the Batley
Townswomen's Guild. It was written, directed and produced by Mrs Rita Fairbanks.
Cut to Rita
Fairbanks on the beach.
what are your ladies going to do for us this year?
Rita: Well, this
year we decided to re-enact something with a more modern flavour. We had
considered a version of Michael Stewart's speech on Nigeria and there were
several votes on the Committee for a staging of Herr Willi Brandt's visit to
East Germany, but we've settled instead for a dramatization of the first heart
transplant. Incidentally my sister Madge will be playing the plucky little
springbok pioneer Christian Barnard.
off we go, then with the Barley Townswomen's Guild re-enactment of the first
blows her whistle. The two groups of ladies rush at each other. They end up in
the sea, rolling about splashing, and thumping each other with handbags.
desk now surrounded by sea) The first heart transplant. But this is not the only
open-air production here that has used the sea. Theatrical managers in this area
have not been slow to appreciate the sea's tremendous dramatic value. And
somewhere, out in this bay, is the first underwater production of 'Measure for
Expanse of sea
water. Dubbed over this is muffled, watery Shakespearian blank verse. We zoom
in. Two Shakespearian actors (T.J. and MP.) leap up. They take a deep breath and
go under again. The dialogue carries on muted. Pull out to see a rowboat.
Shakespearian characters are sitting there waiting for their cue. One of the two
characters leaps up and shouts:
He then goes
underwater again. The servant in the boat steps into the water and goes under.
Cut to announcer, now up to his waist in sea.
underwater version of 'Measure for Measure', and further out to sea 'Hello
Dolly' is also doing good business.
We see a buoy, on
the top of which is a stiff piece of card which reads 'Hello Dolly, Tonight
7.30'. There is a muffled watery snatch of Hello Dolly. Swing round to a patch
of open sea.
Announcer: ... and
over there on the oyster beds Formula 2 car racing. (underwater noises of
Formula 2 cars)
ANIMATION: a racing
car moves over a naked lady, going past a sign saying 'Pit Stop'. Close up of
armpits. Superimposed little white arrow.
Voice Over: Number
twenty. The armpits.
Cut to picture of a
person. Superimposed white arrow on the neck.
Voice Over: Number twenty-one. The bottom two-thirds of the nape of the neck.