Guests dress in togas for a party at the Roman Baths to mark the beginning of the Bath Festival.
M/S of some flaming petrol or fireworks being thrown onto the water of the Roman Baths. Various shots of a Roman Feast that took place to start off a ten-day festival of music and the arts at Bath. The guests are all in Roman dress; some girls in short tabards do a Roman dance; some young 'slave boys' are seen pouring wine at a table; 'slave girls' serve food to guests.
M/S of actor Sir Michael Redgrave in a very ornate Roman costume (presumably he has come as Nero) and make-up as he drinks wine and chats to another Roman. M/S of numerous guests sitting on the stones around the water. Various shots of a slave girl on a little raft on the water; as she drifts past some men she gives them some grapes, popping one in her mouth first, the saucy vixen; some girls in the background play recorders as a man tilts his head back to eat from a bunch of grapes.
Various shots of a man turning a pig on a spit. High angle L/S of the main bath as slave girls walk through the water to take food to the guests from a small boat in the centre. We see a roast boar being carved; a roast swan on a plate is carried by a slave girl. Various shots of the guests eating with their fingers and drinking.
Note: print used for telecine transfer is quite badly scratched; neg is incomplete. On file is a press release about the Roman Feast; it marked the opening of the Bath Festival of 1961. There is also a news cutting with a picture from the rehearsal.
Cuts exist - see separate record.