The Lunatic View: A Smell Of Burning (1957)

Production Details

New Play:


First performance:
Opening night:
Final performance:
David Campton

Library Theatre
Concert Room, Scarborough Library

30 December 1957
30 December 1957
5 January 1958 (TBC)

Stage Manager:
Asst. Stage Manager:
Rodney Wood

John Smith
Marlene Murray
Radio Announcer
Mr Jones
Mrs Jones
Mr Robinson
Heath Block (Stephen Joseph)
Clive Goodwin
Celia Hewitt
Brian Wallace


The Lunatic View was one of the plays presented during Studio Theatre Ltd's inaugural winter season at the Library Theatre, Scarborough.
The Lunatic View was the first play presented by the Studio Theatre Ltd company to have been written specifically for in-the-round performance.
The Lunatic View consisted of four one act plays by David Campton: Memento Mori; A Smell Of Burning; Getting And Spending; Then....
Although The Lunatic View is not credited as a world premiere at the Library Theatre, this was the world premiere production having opened in London prior to the winter season at the Library Theatre, Scarborough. The Lunatic View originally ran from 25 November - 7 December 1957 at the Mahatma Gandhi Assembly Hall, 41 Fitzroy Square, London.
David Campton was the Library Theatre's first writer-in-residence and met Stephen Joseph as a participant in one of his playwriting courses held at the Central School Of Speech And Drama, London, prior to the Library Theatre opening in 1955.
The programme credits Heath Block as playing the Radio Announcer; Heath Block was one of several pseudonyms used by the company's Artistic Director Stephen Joseph.


All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.