Ape and Essence

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"Hunt Group A" sequences for Ape

Delia created music for "Ape and Essence", an episode of the series "The Wednesday Play produced by David Benedictus, which may be based on a novel of the same name by Aldous Huxley in which:

Eighty years after a nuclear war ravaged the British Isles, a team of scientists from New Zealand come to conduct a survey.[1]

The notes to the tape's catalogue entry say that it had been "previously shown as "Ninety Double Martinis"", which is the title of a 1963 book by Thomas Hinde.[2]

Delia usually refers to the piece as Ape and seems to have reused it, or the makeups for it, for the 1967 Brighton Festival. Her preparatory notes for the festival say:[3]

 Ape - Purification
     - Low castanets
     - Drums



  • Broadcast on the 18th May 1966 at 9.00pm on BBC1.[4]
  • In the BBC Sound Archive on tape TRW 6452: "Ape and Essence (Ninety Double Martinis): 3 reels: 2 makeup and final."[4]
  • The closing sequence is also on tape TRW 5.[4]
  • May be on Delia's tape DD179: "Extracts from Brighton Festival, Lively Arts", in which Ape was re-used.[3]
  • The following audio is a reconstruction of one theme from some fragments of pencilled manuscript in Delia's papers, played on a cheesy electric piano. For details of the reconstruction, see the page: Ape - Hunt Group A (score)


  1. The Wednesday Play: Ape and Essence, series 1, episode 61 on imdb.com
  2. Thomas Hinde on wikipedia.
  3. 3.0 3.1 DD082814: Delia's preparatory notes for the Brighton Festival
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6452.