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BOX TWENTY-SIX, THE NOVEL (article first published : 1999-05-31)

In the days when Durban had a thriving radio drama scene - before Springbok Radio was dissolved in 1985 and SAfm cut back on drama productions - Jill Fenson was a household name. London born and RADA trained, Jill had an impressive career behind her before she came to South Africa. Her acting experience included extensive work in repertory, revue, pantomime, film and television. She was the lyricist for a new musical version of Guy Bolton's comedy Donít Listen Ladies which was re-styled and premiered in its new format by NAPAC (now the Playhouse Company).

Jill married John Moss, then NAPAC head of drama, and spent the next 20 years in Durban playing leading roles in theatre, film and TV as well as radio, for which she became a prolific writer. One of her plays, Inside won an Idem Award for best English radio drama in 1988. Another of her successful productions was a radio series titled Box Twenty-Six, produced in 1989 for Radio South Africa by Don Ridgway.

Jill and John left to settle in England towards the end of 1992 and now live in Hove in Sussex. Several years ago, Jill decided to turn Box Twenty-Six into a novel which has now been published by Robert Hale Limited under the title Roscoe, Emily and all the Little Bastards.

The two main protagonists of the story are Emily and Roscoe who, at the start of the book, are just beginning to discover their fairly potent individual sexuality. What follows is a wondrous and highly amusing report of the dizzying and numerous affairs in their respective lives as they Ė and their offspring - liberally pepper several continents with their little bastards.

The book, which faithfully follows the radio series, is dedicated to the Durban radio actors who appeared in Box Twentysix. I was privileged to play the headstrong Emily (a gift of a part), especially opposite one of the finest radio actors in South Africa, Roger Service, who was Roscoe.

Other main cast members were Tom Read, Margaret Logan, John Simpson, Pamela Perry, Sheila Raymond-Jones, Frank Graham and Bella Mariani as well as the late Maureen Adair and Harold Freed.

A sequel to Roscoe, Emily and all the Little Bastards titled More Little Bastards is due out towards the middle of 1999. This latter part of the story sees the action shift to South Africa and eventually to Durban.


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