An evening of monologues and duologues followed by a production of the melodrama 'Hiss the Villain' written by A R Taylor and W Ernest Cossons.
Synopsis of the melodrama: A wealthy banker falls on hard times but sees his chances of wealthy living re-emerge when a rich old seaman deposit ten thousand pounds in gold in his bank. The seaman discovers that the banker's credit has become poor and demands his money back but the latter denies all knowledge of the gold deposit and, aided by his clerk, robs the seaman who, in a state of shock, dies. The clerk retains the receipt of the transaction and blackmails the banker, Silas Snaker, into giving him a share of the gold. Meanwhile, the sailor's family are starving and cannot neither afford the food to eat nor the fuel to heat their meagre attic. The clerk, Bowler, wastes his money and suffers similarly until he by chance comes across Snaker, now having recovered his wealth, walking the streets of London and taking the air. Bowler blackmails Snaker once more and all of the time the latter is plotting a revenge. However, Snaker is out-manoevred as every step. Eventually the ridiculously happy ending is in sight and all live to fight another day - except the dead seaman!
Bumped Off by John E McDermott