Gilbert Taylor, a recent recruit from the Drumfeld Players, continues to impress: in tonight’s recording, The Skulking Menace, he plays two characters: Colin Cruikshank, the blackmailer, and Craig Paterson, his hapless victim.
This improvisation has been necessitated by Duncan Forrester’s withdrawal from the Cruikshank role, an inconvenience attributed to the over-bearing influence of his mother: Mrs Forrester is troubled, apparently, by the frequency with which her son is being cast as a reprobate.
E.B. complains that Mrs Forrester’s opinions are becoming increasingly bothersome; last month she intervened to establish ‘sensible boundaries’ for a scene in which listeners might assume that a character played by Duncan was naked. (On that occasion the scene was rewritten in order that someone could admire his pyjamas.)