Lost Horizon. By James Hilton. While attempting to escape a civil war, four people are kidnapped and transported to the Tibetan mountains. After their plane crashes, they are found by a mysterious Chinese man. He leads them to a monastery hidden in “the valley of the blue moon” — a land of mystery and matchless beauty where life is lived in tranquil wonder, beyond the grasp of a doomed world.
Lost Horizon: The Kidnapping. The 1931 mystery of a hijacked plane – and passenger Hugh Conway’s arrival at the lamasery of Shangri-La.
Lost Horizon: Shangri-la. Hugh Conway and the others are stranded in the Tibetan wilderness, but a man named Chang comes to their aid.
Lost Horizon: The Inheritance. Hugh Conway’s old acquaintances try to discover if there’s any truth behind his Shangri-La adventure.
Evensong. By Art Tanner. A touching play about a cathedral canon reminiscing on the successes and failures of his life.
Wuthering Heights. By Emily Bronte. The story of stubborn Cathy and wild-as-the-wind Heathcliff has been a favorite since its original publication in 1848. The story begins with Lockwood, a tenant, taking up residence close to Wuthering Heights. His landlord, Mr. Heathcliff, proves to be surly, unfriendly and rude. When Lockwood discovers a mildewed book with the names Catherine Earnshaw, Catherine Heathcliff and Catherine Linton scratched on its cover he begins to read and starts on a strange tale that proves irresistible.
Wuthering Heights. A new adaptation by Jonathan Holloway of Emily Bronte’s great novel of violent obsession. Heathcliff and Catherine have entered the world’s imagination as great lovers. Yet they kiss once only. Dante Gabriel Rossetti described the story: ‘A fiend of a book. The action is laid in Hell – only it seems places and people have English names there.’ There is extraordinary cruelty and madness in the story and yet its extremes grip us and each generation since the book was first published in 1847 has made what it will of the lovers and their disasters.
This contempary play contains strong language and some racist terms.
Almost Blue. By Carlo Lucarelli, dramatised by Judith Adams. Simon is a blind man with synaesthesia, a condition which enables him to hear sounds in colour. A keen radio hack, he spends his days listening into other people’s business. Two voices set him on a trail which takes him out of the security of his room into the outside world.
Omega. By Mike Walker. A disturbing tale of science and faith, maths and miracles, love and machines. Building the world’s tallest tower, a civil engineer questions his existence. A vision of the near future.
A Soldier’s Song. Tim Healey talks to soldiers past and present about military songs through the ages. Many are crude, others are sentimental and nostalgic, and satire and complaint are constantly recurrent themes. The songs’ value as a release from the tension of soldiering and as a way of bonding men who face continuous danger is enormous.Contributors include Tim’s father Denis Healey, who recalls life as a soldier in the often forgotten Italian campaign of the Second World War.
A Tiger for Malgudi. By RK Narayan, dramatised by Ronald Frame. The companion of a Sadu, an ageing tiger, looks back on his life. This comic narrative views human absurdities through the eyes of a wild animal.