y The Tin Soldier single work   radio play   musical theatre   - 2 acts
Issue Details: First known date: 1931 1931
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The second Australian musical comedy to be written especially for radio, The Tin Soldier was also the second-ever locally-written drama to be broadcast by the ABC.

The cast of characters includes: Jurado (a general in the rebel army), Capt. Pedro de Alvira (in commamd of the Federal Army garrison at San Bernardo), Lieut. Francisco Estrada (Federal Army), General Mendoza (Commander in Chief of the Federal Army), Enrique (orderly to General Mendoza), Vasco (innkeeper at Cordoba), Casper (innkeeper at San Bernardo), Benito (a half-caste), Dolores ('La Belle Espagnol') and Julie. The Sunday Times (Perth) records, too, that the 'venture calls for the introduction of a large cast of principals, and a substantial chorus and orchestra' (10 January 1932, p.19).

Among the songs written for the play were 'Tin Soldier' and 'The Rag Doll.'

Production Details

  • 1931: Broadcast on 2BL (Sydney); 26 August. Producer Laurence Halbert; Music Arranger Evelyn Grieg; Conductor Fred Whaite.

      • Originally broadcast live from the Little Theatre (Sydney).
      • Music performed by the ABC Orchestra.
      • Repeat broadcast by 2FC (Sydney) on 24 September and 30 September including relay broadcast to 3AR (Melbourne), 5CL (Adelaide) and 7LA (Launceston).
      • First broadcast in Perth by 6FW on 15 January 1932 (repeated 19 January).
      • First broadcast in Hobart by 7ZL on 17 May 1932 (repeated 7 June).

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Friday, January 15 1932 single work review
— Appears in: Western Mail , 7 January 1932; (p. 3)

— Review of The Tin Soldier Fred Whaite 1931 single work radio play musical theatre
Friday, January 15 1932 single work review
— Appears in: Western Mail , 7 January 1932; (p. 3)

— Review of The Tin Soldier Fred Whaite 1931 single work radio play musical theatre

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Note:
This entry has been sourced from research undertaken by Dr Clay Djubal into Australian-written popular music theatre (ca. 1850-1930). See also the Australian Variety Theatre Archive
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