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AFTERNOON ROMANCERS by Nick McCarty

Broadcast on 2nd June 2005
for The Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4.

A man and a younger woman embark on an affair which they promise each other will not end in love, until they discover that life cannot be so simply constructed.

Liz, who has had an unhappy affair with a married man, meets a solo classical musician, Paul, in the foyer of a concert hall after she has been performing. He invites her to audition for a new quartet. He finds her attractive but to prevent any commitment he invents a story that he is married. At the same time she also says she is married.


CAST

Liz – SALLY HAWKINS

Paul – EWAN STEWART

Alan – SEAN CHAPMAN

Mary – CLAIRE COX

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Director – John Burgess

Producer – Nicholas Newton

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THE PICKWICK PAPERS by Charles Dickens

adapted for radio by Michael Eaton

adapted in four parts for The Classic Serial on BBC Radio 4, December 2004.

Samuel Pickwick and his friends set out on a journey to discover their world in Dickens’ comically tragic and profoundly daft tale of Innocence abroad. Tricked by conmen and traduced and imprisoned by lawyers, guileless Samuel’s faith in human nature is in tatters until it is salvaged by the street-kid philosopher, Sam Weller. So our buffoon becomes a hero and comes through everything that a murky world can throw at him with his innocence intact.

“Timothy Spall and Sue Johnston head a sparky and talented cast in this rumbustious adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic tale on an innocent abroad.” Daily Mail

“Funny, brisk and entertaining.” Sunday Times

“Timothy Spall and Sue Johnston head a fine cast in Michael Eaton’s lively adaptation of Charles Dickens’s picaresque first novel.” The Observer

CAST

Pickwick – TIMOTHY SPALL

Snodgrass & Male Worshipper & Sportsman – ROBERT PORTAL

Tupman & Dodson – TOBY JONES

Winkle & Fogg & Solitary Tenant – JOHN MCANDREW

Sam Weller & Rochester Coachman – BURN GORMAN

Jingle & Cricket Commentator – JASPER BRITTON

Job Trotter & Slurk & Groffin & Stage Man & Hostler & RSM – JOHN TAMS

Wardle & Gummer & Namby – GAWN GRAINGER

Stiggins & Stareleigh & Mr Leo Hunter & Chancery Prisoner – JACK SHEPHERD

Tony Weller – MICHAEL JAYSTON

Perker Cabman – PHILIP VOSS

Joe Slumkey – AARON JOHNSON

Buzfuz – GERARD MURPHY

Mr Nupkins & Jackson & Potts & Snubbins & Smangle & Coachman – PHILIP FOX

Mr Winkle Snr – PATRICK GODFREY

Bob Sawyer & Wicks & Zephyr – GUY LANKESTER

Ben Allen & Tom Roker & Officer Of The Court – JONATHAN KEEBLE

Tommy Bardell – JOSEPH GRIT

Mrs Bardell – SUE JOHNSTON

Old Mrs Wardle & Haggard Woman & Miss Tompkins & Miss Nupkins & Mrs Raddle & Landlady – ANGELA PLEASENCE

Emily – KATIE FOSTER-BARNES

Arabella – LUCY DAVENPORT

Mary & Little Girl & Maid & Barmaid – RHIANNON OLIVER

Mrs Cluppins & Cook – LYNN MILLER

Rachael & Headmistress & Mrs Nupkins – JULIE LEGRAND

Susan Weller & Mrs Leo Hunter & Sarah – LYNN FARLEIGH

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Editor – David Thomas

Associate Producer – Lucy Mangan

Script Editor – Catherine Wearing

Music – John Tams

Director – Jane Morgan

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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A BRIEF INTERRUPTION by Ben Steiner

A rather neglected, weary and careworn God bemoans some of the day-to-day frustrations of being The Supreme Being.

For some time God has been meaning to speak directly to people and after some trial and error with various knobs he manages to break into the BBC Afternoon Play where he settles down with a cup of tea to try and resolve a few things.

His train of thought is interrupted by faxes (which he must not answer, he must not get directly involved), but one of them catches his eye and before he knows it he is telling us about what happened to a little girl and her cat that she never let out of her sight.

Ben Steiner’s first play for radio stars Tom Courtenay as God.
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CAST

Rupert – Sebastian Graham-Jones

God – Tom Courtenay

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Director – Sebastian Graham Jones

Producer – Nicholas Newton

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THE BRIDE’S CHAMBER by Charles Dickens

adapted by Michael Eaton

from The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

When Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins find themselves staying in an old Inn in Lancaster, while on a walking tour in the north country, the famous author encounters a man dressed in black who has a story to tell which alarms him more than he could wish.

Broadcast on 25th June 2004 for The Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4.

CAST

Wilkie Collins/Young Man – ALAN COX

Charles Dickens – GAWN GRAINGER

Landlord – JOHN TAMS

Hardman & Men in Black – JACK SHEPHERD

Mrs Pinchbeck – LYNN FARLEIGH

The Bride (Ellen) – LUCY DAVENPORT

Scientific Gentleman 1 – ANDREW NEIL

Scientific Gentleman 2 – SEAN SCANLON

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Script Editor – Lucy Mangan

Music – John Tams

Director – Sebastian Graham Jones

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F Scott Fitzgerald

adapted for radio by Michael Hastings

“A brilliant rendition… it’s the small things and the small moments that make for such a great drama.”
The Radio Times

Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver.

Fitzgerald created characters in this celebrated novel, which were so complex you feel as though you already know them. Tender Is the Night is sexy, heartbreaking, adventurous and thought provoking. The story of the love, and loss, between the wealthy Dick and Nicole Diver, and how their lives together is forever changed by the young film actress, Rosemary Hoyt is a classic of 20th century.

F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel has been adapted for radio by awarding winning screenwriter and playwright Michael Hastings, author of Tom and Viv.

Broadcast in two parts for The Classic Serial on BBC Radio 4, May 2003.

CAST

Rosemary Hoyt – REBECCA HALL

Mrs Speers – LORELEI KING

Dick Diver – MICHAEL MALONEY

Nicole Diver – JENNIFER LEE JELLICORSE

Tommy Barban – ANDREW SCOTT

Mr McKisco – TREVOR RAY

Mrs McKisko – LYNNE MILLER

Abe North – COLIN STINTON

Collis – DAN FREDENBURGH

Jules Petersen – JOSEPH MYDELL

Beth – KYRA WILLIAMS

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Music – Graeme Taylor

Director – Sebastian Graham Jones

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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GEORGE SILVERMAN’S EXPLANATION by Charles Dickens

adapted for radio by Michael Eaton

“This production was distinguished by a great performance from Paul Scofield, as Silverman. His grave, rich voice, slow but rhythmic, so interior and reflective on its own progress, so self-haunted, made the whole thing memorably touching.”
The Sunday Telegraph

This late short story by Charles Dickens is a tale of a man writing about his unfulfilled life; and getting it all wrong in the telling; of a boy who tries to become an irreproachable young man but who somehow fails to escape his past. Broadcast 1st May 2003.

CAST

George Silverman – PAUL SCOFIELD

Silverman as a student – ALAN COX

Silverman as a boy – AARON JOHNSON

Mother/Lady Fareway – GEMMA JONES

Father/The Dean – JOHN NORMINGTON

Brother Hawkyard – DAVID WARNER

Brother Gimblet – JOHN TAMS

Silvia/Adelane – KATHERINE HEATH

Granville & crowd – GUY LANKESTER

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Music – John Tams

Director – Sebastian Graham Jones

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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VOYAGES by Michael Hastings

Broadcast in 2002 on BBC Radio 4

An original play by award winning playwright Michael Hastings. Set in post war London, a boy’s fascination with collecting used bus tickets leads him to discover, over fifty years later, that life is full of unfulfilled dreams.

CAST

Elspeth – TAMARA HINCHCO

Young George – AARON JOHNSON

Jacks/Doctor – TOM MARSHALL

Marie – LYNNE MILLER

George Unsworth – STEPHEN MOORE

Freddie – PETER SPROULE

COMPANY

Director – Sebastian Graham-Jones

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones

adapted for radio by Michael Hastings

James Jones’ novel tackles strong friendships and the naked truth of lives of enlisted men in Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, at the time of Pearl Harbour.

Michael Hastings’ new adaptation captures some of the darker, racist and homoerotic themes in the book that the classic film skirted round.

Broadcast in 2002.

CAST

Lorene – RACHEL PICKUP

Karen Holmes – ELIZABETH MCGOVERN

Robert E Lee Prewitt – JAMES CALLIS

Sgt Milton Warden – KEN CRANHAM

Captain Dynamite Holmes – BILL GAUNT

Private Angelo Maggio – KEVIN MCNALLY

Private Bloom – MICHAEL FEAST

Sgt Fatso Judson – TREVOR RAY

Jack Malloy – JOHN TAMS

Sgt Maylon Stark – KARL JOHNSON

MP/Soldier 1 – AARON SWARTZ

MP/Soldier 2 – SAM DOUGLAS

COMPANY

Music – John Tams

Director – Bill Bryden

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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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 MYSTERIES National Theatre

Director Bill Bryden’s Royal National Theatre Production by Tony Harrison 1999/2000

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 reunited to present a new version of their epoch-making show specially recorded by Promenade Productions. First performed in a sell-out run at the National in 1985, before transferring to the West End, The Mysteries met with unanimous acclaim:

‘I was as enthralled, exhilarated and moved as I have ever been in a theatre in all my life.’ Bernard Levin, The Times.

‘An extraordinary experience, no wonder the end of it all saw an explosion of communal joyousness with everybody, actors, musicians, and audience alike, cheering and clapping and singing and dance.’ Evening Standard.

‘From 1977 Bill Bryden, with Tony Harrison, Bill Dudley, John Tams and a team of actors took periods of time to develop their work on The Mysteries and to find again a lost technique, the style of playing highly alliterative verse, designed for public speaking in public places. It is verse energetic enough to surmount the noise of passers-by and tough enough, with its defining consonants, never to die on the wind: a truly public speech. The Mystery Plays are essentially popular art, designed for large mass audiences in open spaces. It difficult to revive these works when the audience’s preoccupations are different and society has completely changed. Too easily, the naivety can be false, and the populist approach patronising. By modern music, celebrating the repetition and vitality of Northern speech, and rooting the plays in working-class environment this production has reclaimed them for our times and shown them for what they are: an essential part of our dramatic heritage. Without them, Shakespeare and his contemporaries would have written in a very different way for a very different theatre.’ Sir Peter Hall

CAST

in alphabetical order

Peter Armitage

Stephen Bent

David Bradley

Cathryn Bradshaw

David Busby

Paul Copley

Robert Oates

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

MUSIC

Music Director/guitar/vocals – Graeme Taylor

Bass guitar/vocals – Jonathan Davie

Trumpet/flugelhorn – Stephen Dawson

Keyboard – Alan Dunn

Percussion – Michael Gregory

Euphonium/tuba – Kevin Morgan

Vocals – John Tams

Vocal/woodwind – Keith Thompson

Violin/vocals – Roger Wilson

Vocals Linda – Thompson

Music recorded at Snake Ranch Studios, London

Engineered by John Gallon and Nik Lederer

Dialogue recorded at Motivation Sound Studios, London

Studio manager – Mark Smith

Editing and post production by Ray Williams

Cover designed by Lawrence Morton

Painting Detail of The Adoration of the Magi by Gentile do Fabriano, Uffizi gallery, Florence

Music – John Tams and Graeme Taylor

Associate Director – Sebastian Graham Jones

CD production – John Tams and Sebastian Graham Jones

Producer – Nicholas Newton

Director – Bill Bryden

Remembered: John Barrett, Richard Bird, JG Devlin, Brian Glover, Sebastian Graham Jones, Caroline Hutchison, Fulton Mackay, Mark McManus, John Normington, Derek Newark, Bill Owen, John Price, Sir Robert Stephens, Pit Wilkinson.

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