Brush With a Body
The original text
In Sybil Walling's absence her children call in the chimney-sweep, whose brushes dislodge not only soot but a body. When Sybil returns she tells them that, just before he died twenty years ago, their father had killed a Soho gangster and had hidden the body in the chimney. The police descend in pursuit of an amorous patient of Sybil's son Henry, which leads to hilarious misunderstandings and surprises.
First performed professionally in 1962 at St Martin's Theatre, London and published by Samuel French, 1963.
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Performance history in South Africa
1964: Produced (possibly as Brush With Death?) and directed by Ivy Foster at the St John's Methodist Church Hall, Port Elizabeth, from October 30 to November 7, with Leandra Feneysey (Sarah Walling), Anne Paterson (Cynthia Walling), Alfred Porter (Mr Flaherty, the Sweep), Marjorie Mills (Mrs D'Arcy, the housekeeper), David Cuthbert, (Henry Walling), Bruce Erasmus (Paul Martell), Maisie Hutchison (Sybil Walling), Basil McGrath, Michael Mills (Sergeant Bray), Sheelagh Opperman (Rosita Hernandez) and Jillian Keefe (The Hon Pamela Colefax). Proceeds of the production went to the Walmer Methodist Church and the South African Blind Workers' Organisation (Easter Province Branch).
Theatrical programme Brush With Death(?), 1964
In Pretoria booklet, July 1970.
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