PORTSMOUTH: HUNG, DRAWN AND QUARTERED
A FOLK OPERA featuring local singers, written by Paul Hawkins and Adge Henshaw.

Portsmouth; Hung, Drawn and Quartered was written for a competition at the fourth Folk Under Aries at Romsey in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Year (1977). The competitors were three of the Southampton folk clubs with their plays:- "Danger! Lobsters", "Poaching Menace" and "Fierce Fighting at Cheriton". It was toured like a mummers play around the folk clubs (complete with tape recorded sound effects) where it received good receptions.

A recording of 'Portsmouth; Hung Drawn and Quartered' by Shep Woolley, broadcast on Radio Victory in 1979, has just come to light. It features some fine renditions by persons at the peak of their ability and two or three songs not recorded elsewhere. It appears on Hampshire Voices courtesy of Shep.

Cast:
Capt Maurice Suckling: Tom Lewis, Chichester FC
Lord Horatio Nelson: Paul Hawkins, Broadside FC
Prince William Henry: "Dolly" Gray, Railway FC
Female Seaman: Ginger Joe, Southsea Belles Morris
Narrator: Adge Henshaw

The programme runs for just over thirty minutes and has been converted to MP3.

The programme has been split into segments that can be listened to by clicking on the links.
The complete broadcast can be heard too.

Part 1 - listen 5m8s : Portsmouth's Early history - The Royal Navy - Napoloeon Bonaparte
Includes the opening bars of Also Sprake Zarathustra performed by the inimitable Portsmouth Sinfonia and The Bonny Bunch of Roses O (Traditional) sung by Sooty Broughton, organiser of The Railway Folk Club, Fratton and member of Portsmouth Shantymen.

Part 2 - listen 5m36s : Lord Nelson - His Early Life
Includes The Banks of The Nile (Trad.) sung by "Dolly" Gray, of The Railway Folk Club, Fratton.

Part 3 - listen 4m44s : Lord Nelson - The Battle of Copenhagen
Includes Thundering and Roaring Bombs (Trad.) sung by Tom Lewis, of Chichester Folk Club.

Part 4 - listen 4m29s : Lord Nelson - The Battle of Trafalgar
Includes Nelson's Death and Victory (Trad.) sung by Tom Lewis, of Chichester Folk Club.

Part 5 - listen 3m40s : The Brunel Family - Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Includes Isambard Kingdom Brunel written by Paul Hawkins and sung by Richard Dean, of Broadside Folk Club.

Part 6 - listen 1m56s : Charles Dickens
Includes Charles Dickens written and sung by Maria Barton, of Barn Folk Club, Chichester.

Part 7 - listen 5m36s : Runs Ashore
Includes Three Drunken Maidens (Trad.) sung by Richard Dean, of Broadside Folk Club.

Part 8 - listen 4m3s : The High Life
Includes Hello Sailor written by Paul Hawkins and sung by Sue Stevens, of Broadside Folk Club.

Part 9 - listen 1m34s : Portsmouth (song) and Portsmouth (tune)
Traditional song sung by the cast accompanied by Nigel Churchill (melodeon) and Richard Dean (guitar)

Complete - listen 30m : The complete programme - this is a very large file so may load very slowly.

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