Claw Marks On The Curtain

By Saki, dramatised by Roger Davenport.

Saki's fiction famously celebrates the triumph of the human beast over the strictures of society.

Mischief, mayhem and the antic spirit of children are the stuff of his enduring tales of ENGLISH life.

Episodes

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01The Lumber Room20050502

By Saki, dramatised by Roger Davenport.

Saki's fiction famously celebrates the triumph of the human beast over the strictures of society.

Mischief, mayhem and the antic spirit of children are the stuff of his enduring tales of ENGLISH life.When young Nicholas is punished by his aunt, he seeks refuge in the magical lumber-room; but when his aunt seeks him in the garden, he can exact retribution.

The Aunt....Susan Engel

Nicholas....Ben Tibber

Agatha....Alex Tregear

Directed by Ned Chaillet

02The Schartz-metterklume Method20050503

When Lady Carlotta is mistaken for Miss Hope, the new governess, she takes up the job with relish, applying a freshly invented technique of child-rearing to her new charges.

The ensuing chaos is all too modern for the parents.

  • carter....Philip Fox
  • directed by - Ned Chaillet
  • irene....Emily Wachter
  • jack....timothy morand
  • lady carlotta....jennie stoller
  • mr quabarl....Philip Fox
  • mrs quabarl....Jemma Churchill
  • station master....timothy morand

  • 03Fur20050504

    Eleanor and Suzanne are best friends, but not for much longer.

    Suzanne knows she can get her rich cousin Bertram to buy her a fur in the sales, but she has to entrust the job to Eleanor, who has her own plans.

  • bertram....Bertie Carvel
  • eleanor....Helen Longworth
  • suzanne....lydia leonard
  • woman in park....alex tregear
  • woman in shop....alex tregear
  • directed by.... - - - ned chaillet

  • 04The Toys Of Peace20050505

    Harvey is encouraged by his right-thinking sister to give her two sons toys that cannot be used for war.

    Of course children, in a Saki tale, are immensely inventive.

  • bertie....Anton Rice
  • eric....ben tibber
  • harvey....anthony calf
  • leonora....Beth Chalmers
  • wiatress....alex tregear
  • directed by.... - ned chaillet

  • 05The Open Window20050506

    Packed off around Britain in a search for a cure for his nerves, Framton Nuttel arrives at the Sappletons' house with a letter of introduction from his sister.

    It little prepares him for the tale of terror he is about to hear.

  • caroline nuttel....Susan Jameson
  • framton nuttel....paul brooke
  • mr sappleton....michael kilgarriff
  • mrs sappleton....joanna mccallum
  • trap driver....michael kilgarriff
  • vera....emily chenery
  • directed by.... - ned chaillet