When Captain Mallet and his family move into long-deserted Hyde's Mortimer, they are determined to do whatever is required to restore the mansion to its former glory for the summer session of the Identity Club. Mr Paradise from the lodge proves no match for them, for all his well-honed sponging skills. His sister too, easily brainwashed, is soon convinced she is someone else - but why does the butler Jellicoe look so familiar? By the time of the Club's meeting, many of the locals have been hoodwinked and embroiled, ready for a Shakespearean pageant and the reading of three very bizarre papers. Acclaimed by the critics when it appeared in 1955, Cards of Identity explores class, the nature of identity and the subtleties of mass persuasion, and in its viciously funny satire can be seen as the true precursor to Beyond the Fringe, Private Eye and Monty Python's Flying Circus.