The Bell was first produced by Theatre Centre in 1962. It was written and directed by the author and toured throughout the British Isles between 1975 and 1976.
The play opens: There is a tinkling and jingling and jangling and a jongling and into view comes Tom. Tom is a young Bellman; he is pushing a kind of cart from the centre of which projects an umbrella; from the umbrella – or from a wooden arm which supports the umbrella – hang an assortment of bells. Painted on the side of the cart is the sign: ‘Tom, Maker and Seller of Bells’.
(Two men and two women)
Tom, maker and seller of bells
A Strange Man
George, a sailor fisherman
Mary, his wife
Wag, a large stuffed bear
Writer: Brian Way
Director: Brian Way
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A copy of the script (for the original radio play only) is held by the British Library.
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