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"The stage hero never has any work to do. He is always hanging about and getting into trouble. His chief aim in life is to be accused of crimes he has never committed, and if he can muddle things up with a corpse in some complicated way so as to get himself reasonably mistaken for the murderer, he feels his day has not been wasted...."

Here is a comic look at the curious habits and customs of the inhabitants of 'Stage Land', dedicated to 'that highly respectable but unnecessarily retiring individual, of whom we hear so much but see so little, "the earnest student of drama".

Jerome K Jerome (2 May 1859 - 14 June 1927) was an English writer and humorist, best known for the humorous travelogue Three Men in a Boat.

©2009 Summersdale Publishers Ltd (P)2009 Summersdale Publishers Ltd

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Jerome's delicious take on 19th century melodrama.

Let me start by saying Philip Bird gives a wonderful performance of this short by Jerome K. Jerome. Much of what is written although about 19th century melodrama would equally well transfer to many contemporary television programs and movies. I find his writing very funny and of course must add humor is so much personal taste. But I laughed out loud at some of his turns of phrase. And it is a very happy way to spend just under two hours listening to this.