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CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE by John Osborne

in a version by Bill Bryden with Michael Hastings

Broadcast in 2002

John Osborne’s unperformed screenplay of the famous Charge of the Light Brigade at the battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War encapsulates all the grandeur and folly of war.

Nothing in British military history has ever equalled the tragic farce that was the charge of the Light Brigade. John Osborne’s screenplay captures the spirit of this military disaster in which the fatal mismanagement of the events rested with the Earls of Cardigan (Charles Dance) and Lucan (Sir Donald Sinden), brothers-in-law and sworn enemies for more than thirty years.

The fatal message for the troop to charge was carried by Captain Nolan (Joseph Fiennes) and the whole scene was witnesses by the Commander in Chief, Lord Raglan (Alec McCowen) and General Airey (Geoffrey Palmer) from the heights above the battlefield.

The radio version opens in London with Osborne (Michael Feast) himself writing the screenplay and setting the scene (taken from Osborne’s own directions) in which the characters and situation emerge whereby this giant folly occurred.

A gala charity performance was performed at the Honorable Artillery Company, London on behalf of The Royal Theatrical Fund on Sunday 16th June 2002.

CAST

John Osborne – MICHAEL FEAST

Lord Cardigan – CHARLES DANCE

Morris JASPER – BRITTON

Nolan – JOSEPH FIENNES

Captain Lockwood – TREVOR RAY

Mrs Duberly – LYNNE MILLER

Captain Duberly – GUY LANKESTER

Lady Errol – ANGELA DOUGLAS

Clarissa – CHARLOTTE EMMERSON

General Airey – GEOFFREY PALMER

Lord Raglan – ALEC McCOWEN

Sergeant O’Hara – JAMES ELLIS

Ist Soldier/Braithwaite – JOHN TAMS

2nd Soldier/James – WILLIAM MacBAIN

Lord Lucan – SIR DONALD SINDEN

3rd Soldier/Charteris – ROBERT OATES

Sir George Cathcart – SEBASTIAN GRAHAM JONES

Ballad singer – MICHAEL WATERSON

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Post production – Sebastian Graham Jones

Supervision & Editing – John Tams & Ray Smith

Director – Bill Bryden

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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THE PASSION National Theatre

in a version by Tony Harrison, 1999

Part of The Mysteries Cycle

In a unique celebration of the Millennium, the Royal National Theatre revived one of the most famous shows in its history – The Mysteries, a great cycle of medieval plays, which are part of the foundation of our culture. The original creative team have reunited to present a new version of their epoch-making show. By rooting the plays in a gritty working environment and using contemporary music, Tony Harrison’s superb adaptations have reclaimed these seminal works for our times.

The Passion recounts Christ’s story from his Baptism in the river Jordan to the Road to Calvary and the Crucifixion.

This recording was broadcast in five parts on BBC Radio 4 – the final episode, The Crucifixion, on Good Friday 2000.

Episode 1: The Baptism of Christ.
The Entry into Jerusalem and The Last Supper.

Episode 2: Pilate and Percula.
The agony and the Betrayal. The Palace of the High Priest, Cayphas. Peter Denies Christ.

Episode 3: Jesus examined by the High Priest, Cayphas.
The remorse of Judas. The Trial before Pilate and the Judgement of Jesus.

Episode 4: The Road to Calvary.

Episode 5: The Crucifixion. Christ on the Cross.

CAST

Peter Armitage

Stephen Bent

David Bradley

Cathryn Bradshaw

David Busby

Paul Copley

Joe Duttine

William Gaunt

Sue Johnston

Trevor Laird

William MacBain

John Normington

Joanna Page

Trevor Ray

Iain Robertson

Jack Shepherd

John Tams

Howard Ward

Don Warrington

 

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ALL THAT FALL by Samuel Beckett

Broadcast in 2001 on BBC Radio 3

All That Fall follows the painfully slow journey of Mrs. Rooney to meet her husband off the railway train on his birthday.

On her journey she encounters an assortment of people on the road to the station where, for some inexplicable reason, the train has been delayed.

On her return along the same road with her blind husband she fiercely probes him for the reason why the train was delayed but, not until the very end, does she discover what happened to cause the train to be late.

Samuel Beckett’s radio masterpiece was written in 1956 and recorded in mono shortly thereafter. This new recording, made in Dublin’s RTE studios brings together the finest Irish actors lead by Anna Manahan and Niall Toibin in a new recording in stereo.

CAST

Mrs Rooney – Anna Manahan

Mr Rooney – Nial Toibin

Christy – Pat Laffan

Mr Tyler – David Kelly

Mr Slocum – John Kavanagh

Tommy – Michael Devaney

Mr Barrell – James Ellis

Miss Fitt – Jean Ann Crowley

Female Voice/Dolly – Sharon Hogan

Jerry – Dan Colley

COMPANY

Associate Director – Sebastian Graham Jones

Studio presentation – Mark Smith, Anton Timoney and Ray Williams

Recorded at RTE Studios, Dublin, Eire

Director – Bill Bryden

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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DAISY MILLER by Henry James

adapted for radio by Bill Bryden

Henry James’ classic novella describes in exquisite detail the confrontation between Daisy Miller, a new independent American girl, enchanting in her spontaneity and alarming in her unpredictability, and the social codes of 19th century European society.

CAST

Winterbourne – JAMES CALLIS

Randolph Miller – ZOHREN WEISS

Daisy Miller – ELIZABETH McGOVERN

Eugenio – SEBASTIAN GRAHAM JONES

Mrs Costello – MAUREEN LIPMAN

Mrs Miller – CONSTANCE CUMMINGS

Mrs Walker – SIÂN PHILLIPS

Giovanelli – MARCELLO MAGNI

COMPANY

Music
John Tams

Studio Presentation
John Tams, Ray Williams, Mark Smith

Associate Director
Sebastian Graham Jones

Producer
Nicholas Newton

Director
Bill Bryden

 

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VOLUNTEERS by Franceschild and Little

“You’ve Never Heard My Music” (in five episodes)

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from 24 May, 1999

You’ve Never Heard My Music is the story of four people who ring the Samaritans to find the Volunteers have a sympathetic ear and a tender heart which brings comfort, hope and often hilarity into this most dramatic of situations. This is Donna Franceschild and Simon Little’s first drama for radio. Donna Franceschild’s other work includes Takin’ Over the Asylum, Eureka Street and Donovan Quick for BBC television.

CAST

Chick, Manager of the Samaritans branch – KEN CRANHAM

Eve, a new Volunteer – EMMA FIELDING

Ally, in charge of emails at the branch – JASPER BRITTON

Marjorie, a woman in her seventies – EDNA DORE

Jeff, a former rock singer – KARL JOHNSON

Jackie, wife of Mick – ASHLEY JENSEN

Mick – DARREN TIGHE

Cybercafe Owner – SEBASTIAN GRAHAM JONES

COMPANY

Music – John Tams

Studio Presentation – John Tams & Ray Williams

Producer – Nicholas Newton

Directed by Bill Bryden

 

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THE PLUTOCRAT by Booth Tarkington

dramatised by Michael Hastings

presented in two parts for BBC Radio 4

A young man falls in love with a mysterious French aristocrat, Aurelie (Leslie Caron) on a trip for New York to Algiers. But is she interested in his attentions or using him as a decoy to get her hands on Earl Tinker’s (Stacey Keach) money? Booth Tarkington’s story of romance and intrigue was first published in 1927, and was a best-selling novel from the author of The Magnificent Ambersons.

CAST & COMPANY

Laurence Ogle, a playwright/Henry – ALAN COX

Aurelie de Momoro – LESLIE CARON

Olivia Tinker, daughter of Earl Tinker/Alice – RACHEL PICKUP

Earl Tinker – STACY KEACH

Honey Tinker, wife of Earl Tinker – ELIZABETH MCGOVERN

Hyacinthe de Momoro, son of Aurelie – FRANCOIS XAVIER-NOAH

George Macklyn – JASPER BRITTON

Sir William Weatherright – JOHN STANDING

DGN Medjila – VERNON DOBTCHEFF

TH Smith – OLIVER COTTON

Charles Wackstle – DAVID COLLINGS

Doc Taylor – JAMES ELLIS

Harold Wilson/Steward/Captain – ROBERT OATES

Technical presentation, music and editing – John Tams, Sebastian Graham Jones, Ray Williams

Producer – Nicholas Newton

Director – Bill Bryden

 

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SACCO AND VANZETTI by Bill Bryden

Immediately after midnight on 23 August 1927 Nichola Sacco a ‘good shoemaker’ and Bartolomeo Vanzetti a ‘poor fish peddler’ were executed in the State prison of Charlestown, Massachusetts. They had been convicted, seven years earlier, of the murder of two guards of the weekly payroll of a shoe factory. A crime they did not commit.

A long succession of disclosures, following their trial, aroused interest in their plight far beyond the boundaries of Massachusetts and even the United States, until the case became one of those rare cause celebres which are of international concern. The case of Sacco and Vanzetti is arguably the greatest miscarriage of justice the last century.

Bill Bryden’s play for radio is based on their letters and the trial testimony. It is set in the County Court of Dedham, Massachusetts, in their prison cell and in the execution chamber. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 24 April 1998 at 9.00pm and first presented in a rehearsed reading at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow on 12 February 1997.

CAST

Sacco – KEVIN MCNALLY

Vanzetti – BRIAN COX

Judge – TREVOR RAY

Warden – JAMES ELLIS

Orciani – GAWN GRAINGER

COMPANY

Music – John Tams

Director – Bill Bryden

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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HMS ULYSSES by Alistair MacLean

adapted for BBC Radio 4 by Nick McCarty

This is the story of a ship in time of war, the story of that most hazardous of all voyages in war – the perilous convoy to Russia through the Northern seas. This is, above all, the story of a gallant ship’s company of men driven to the limit of human endurance and beyond, battered by the elements, sought and fought by the enemy with grim resolution and every diabolical device. Alistair MacLean’s enduring bestseller produced for the first time on radio. Classic Play Series for BBC Radio 4, 14 June 1997.

CAST

Captain Vallery – SIR DEREK JACOBI

Admiral Starr – SIR DONALD SINDEN

Ralston –  JOSEPH FIENNES

Rear-Admiral Tyndall – JOHN STANDING

Commander Brooks – JAMES ELLIS

Lieutenant Nicholls – CAL MACANINCH

Commander Turner – KEITH BAXTER

Kid Carpenter – JAMES CALLIS

Riley – TREVOR RAY –

Peterson – JAMES COSMO

McQuater – IAIN MACCOLL

Spicer – JOHN TAMS

Bentley – ROBERT OATES

Carslake – SEBASTIAN GRAHAM JONES

Wren – ANGELA DOUGLAS

Ulysses – IAN BANNEN

COMPANY

Technical production
Graham Harper

Studio presentation
John Tams

Producer
Nicholas Newton

Director
Bill Bryden

 

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