CBC Television Network

Shoestring Theatre

Network: CBC Television Network

Broadcast Run: 1961 to 1962

Broadcast Medium: Television

Aired Wednesdays, after school, from October 1961 to June, 1962.

This weekly 30 minute program was produced in Montreal, aired locally and later added to the network schedule. Like the title, the budget was small and director Michael Kane had to use low production values to fulfill his mandate.

The first shows were experimental in design, but soon gave way to more conventional dramas.

Selected titles: Blow The Man Down, by Gil Braun; No Chopin On Sunday, by James Richardson; A Shake Of The Kaleidoscope; How Beautiful With Shoes; Elegy For A Moth; Thirty Minutes With Dorothy Parker, an adaptation by Shirley Codins; Easy Money; Aria Da Capo, by Edna St. Vincent Millay; Peter Symcox’s adaptation of The Proposal In Literature; A Duel By Candlelight; Mac Shoub’s script, Ballad Of The Grass; Martin Bailliett, by Martin Spoerly; Herb Hosie’s The Nativity Of The Monster Of Santa Stefano; Smile From Ambush, by Maurice Gagnon; Cliff, by Joseph Cochran; Take Two Before Retiring, by Martin Galloway; and A Chorus Of Echoes, by Tony Williamson.

Written by John Corcelli – May, 2005