Poem introduction

The British Council has supported these recordings as part of the Shakespeare Lives in 2016 programme celebrating the work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death.

A Call

“ That was her ringing. Saying we should come

At half-past twelve for coffee and sandwiches.

Then there’s to be a short symposium

With actors, directors and celebrities

It would help you to meet. And they’d be sure

To enjoy meeting you, seeing they rarely get

The chance to talk with someone from somewhere

The theatre’s so incredible…” – And yet

What I most remember is you had to have

A picture with her! She said Yes, on one condition,

--That any photograph she agreed to give

Should only ever be used with her permission.

  -- You observed that. It was only brought out today,

One in your last publicity display.   

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1Introduction

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2'In this city...'

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3'We are going to see the rabbit...'

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4Common Sense

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5Office Party

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6Balls of Sweetness

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7Peter Daines at a Party

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8The Packet

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9Ballad of Scarlet and Black

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10Scare

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11Procedural

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12An Orchard Path

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13From his Childhood

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14Before the Game

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15April Light

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16Secrets from and with

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17The Automatic Days - an extract

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18Two Prospects of Adolescence

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19In Moslodina

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20Incorrect

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21Mosquito

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22Risk-Takers

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23Bastard

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24On My 66th Birthday

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25Incident on a Holiday

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26Trade-in

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27The Presentation

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28Vocational

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29Continuation

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30Found Object

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1September 1939

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2Sayings of the Utopians

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3The Secret Hats

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4A Day in 1966

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4Parole

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6ANAC 2004

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7Marechiare

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8A Scream in 1890

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9His Morning I, His Morning II

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10His Chivalry I, His Chivalry II

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11His Breath-Test

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12His Abstemious Phase I, His Abstemious Phase II

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13His Visit

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14My Cricket

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15The Dust

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16Printshop 1922 A True Moment

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17In the Emergency School

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18Mr Banister

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19A Bottle

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20Musician

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21Are Etceteras No Things?

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22The Way Down

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23In Reykjavik

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24Antidotes

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25Provisionality

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26Index of First Lines

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27The Lights

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28As No Art Is

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29Christmas Scenario

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