"Mrs. Bindle's Discovery," by Herbert Jenkins

Feb 15, 2014

Credit Image via Flickr, by Tomylees.

  Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. 

This week, we bring another quirky, little-known piece by Herbert Jenkins called "Mrs. Bindle's Discovery." It was first published in 1924 by Mr. Jenkins' private publishing firm.

His best-known character is Mr. Joseph Bindle, a furniture mover who lives humbly yet respectably with his wife, Elizabeth. She is a devoutly religious woman, but Mr. Bindle smokes, cusses, and enjoys a sip from the bottle now and then. They make a beautiful couple, in a kind of warped way. 

On Wednesday evenings, Mrs. Bindle went to temperance meetings at the chapel, and Mr. Bindle had his "night out." It was on one of these Wednesdays that our story begins ... 

The players:

  • Mr. Bindle: Jeff Martin
  • Elsie: Amy Humphrey
  • Mrs. Brunger: Jen Davis
  • Mrs. Bindle: Molly Dodge
  • Mrs. Stitchley: Pat Humphrey
  • Mr. Brunger: Brad Buchanan
  • Narrator: Darren Hellwege


  • Script adaptation for radio: Brad Buchanan
  • Engineer: Darren Hellwege
  • Editing/production: Amy Humphrey and Joe Hayes
  • Podcast publisher: Kellie Moore

This podcast originally aired on Feb. 14, 2014.