Show Down by Margaret Escott

Elspect Sandys Elspect Sandys' adaptation of the 1936 novel charting a Waikato dairy farmer's love affair and marriage with an upper-class Englishwoman visiting NZ Dave Hawkes is a returned WWI soldier working hard to make a success of his Hamilton dairy farm. Anna Trove, the sister of one of Dave’s friends, visits New Zealand. Anna and Dave fall in love and marry, vowing to leave one another ‘free’. Their open marriage is doomed to tragic failure when, in turn, they act on their vow and form apparently casual relationships outside of the marriage. The setting is Auckland and the dairying country of the Waikato. The landscape, the climate, the farming routine, are strongly evoked, but it is the subtlety and power with which the growing and dying of a marriage are related which makes it memorable. Featuring Tim Spite and Emily Regtien with Bruce Phillips, Simon Vincent, Olivia Robinson and Rowan Bettjeman Produced by Adam Macaulay. Radio New Zealand Drama 20091103-0900- Two Episodes Cicely Margaret Escott, known as Margaret Escott, (9 July 1908 – 15 August 1977) was a New Zealand novelist, drama teacher and poet.] She was born in Eltham, Kent, England,and moved to New Zealand when she was 17. She wrote three novels in the 1930s, the first two under the pen name C. M. Allen. Escott's final work, a volume of poetry, was written in the months prior to her death in 1977, at Waitematā Harbour in New Zealand. The American publisher W. W. Norton brought it out the same year under the title I told my love. The novel's male narrator, a Waikato dairy farmer, recounts his love affair and marriage with an upper-class Englishwoman visiting New Zealand. Written in a clear, spare style, the tale is remarkable for the sensitivity, insight and passion with which it depicts a relationship from its beginning to the final break-up. It was immediately recognised in England and the United States as the work of a highly competent and original writer, but some New Zealand critics found it problematic because of its departure from recognised themes and techniques. It has, however, had a lasting reputation, enhanced by its republication in 1973 as part of the New Zealand Fiction series.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.


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