Back to Methuselah

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Kaleidophon created sound for the National Theatre's 1970 production of George Bernard Shaw's play Back to Methuselah featuring Joan Plowright.[1]

Delia's papers include a clipping from the Radio Times, listing "Back to Methuselah: A Metabiological Pentateuch by Bernard Shaw"[2] but the transmission highlighted in biro is "An ABC in Sound: Poems by Bob Cobbing, which Delia created sound for, so the Methusaleh mention on the same page may just be a coincidence.

The labels on its master tapes misspell call it Methusaleh.


Three of the Attic Tapes are labeled Methuselah (or Methusaleh) 1, 2 and 3".[3][4][5]


  1. Joan Plowright's page at
  2. DD110122: Radio Times clipping including "Back to Methuselah".
  3. DD036: "Methusaleh 1 copy master"
  4. DD037: "Methusaleh 2 copy master. National Theatre production, Brian H and Marc Wilkinson (done at Kaleidophon)"
  5. DD149: "Methuselah 3"