A Pearl in the Hand: a Staged Radio Play
Date: January 11, 2020
Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: The Chilliwack Cultural Centre
9201 Corbould St., Chilliwack BC
Price: Adults: $12.00
Students and Seniors: $12.00
Tickets: http://www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca/

Please Note: There will be two performance readings on January 11. One at 12:30 pm and the other at 3:00 pm.

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One of 9 plays written by Austin for BBC Radio’s “Thursday Night Mystery”, originally broadcast live on 22 April,1954.

The story is based around the great “Hatton Garden Pearl Robbery” of 1913. This was one of the most daring and sensational jewel robberies of all time, certainly the most valuable ‘haul’ of pearls in the history of Hatton Garden. The necklace involved was a string of 61 ‘flawless’ pink pearls, insured by Lloyds of London for $150,000 pounds ($300,000 CDN)! Scotland Yard, a division of the London Metropolitan Police, in conjunction with Lloyds, put up a $20,000 reward for the return of the necklace.

Our CPG performance of the play’s main interest, lies in the movements and ultimate fate of the pearls – most incredible of all – with the final ‘twist’ in the play!

Please Note: There will be only two performance readings on January 11. One at 12:30 pm and the other at 3:00 pm

Refreshments will be served prior to the play reading. Refreshments are kindly provided by NexGen Hearing.

Thank you to our Radio Play Series Sponsor, The Dicken’s Sweet and Chocolate Shop.



Ed Stone – Narrator
Glenn Howard – GOLDSTEIN – owner of the stolen Pearl necklace
Ken Fynn – INSPECTOR CAMERON – Inspector of Scotland Yard
Zach Loescher – SERGEANT
Bryan Cutler – MAX SYLVESTER – Thief
Dennis Rackliff – 1ST GUEST of Sylvester and DICKSON – a former engraver who now works for a Printer and the POLICEMAN
Steve Saunders – HIRAM B. CORDELL – an American Millionaire from Kansas, looking to buy a Pearl necklace
Doug Wickers – MEYER – Owner of Jewellery store in Hatton Garden
Ralph Jones – ALF HICKMAN – Bar customer
Karl Loescher – LANDLORD – owner of the Bar and HASSETT
Darrin Kennedy – MORRIS – Bar customer and the POSTMAN
Walt Derksen – BROCK – Insurance Assessor
Stephen Wilhite – LAFARGE – French speaking thief
Barbara Blom – PROPRIETRESS of the Hotel Pharaoh
Judy Weller – PROPRIETOR – owner of Valetti’s Restaurant and 2ND GUEST of Sylvester
Trish Knight-Good – CLERK – works for Meyer
Margaret Reveley – ROSE – Barmaid

Director-Astrid Beugeling
Producers – Debra Archer
Sound Foley Artist – Maggie Saunders


Public Relations – CPG PR Media Committee,
Poster– Jennifer Matthias