Under Milk Wood. By Dylan Thomas. Touching, eerie and very funny, the play tells the story of a day in the life of the inhabitants of a small Welsh seaside town, their dreams and routines, their loves and regrets.With characters and phrases that have entered daily parlance, the play opens with, ‘To begin at the beginning’, and features No Good Boyo, Lily Smalls, Polly Garter, Organ Morgan and Captain Cat in its cast list of more than 50.
Under Milk Wood. Version 2: A special chance to hear the highly-acclaimed 2003 production of this classic ‘play for voices’, celebrating the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas. Richard Burton’s unforgettable 1963 performance as First Voice is remixed with Sian Phillips as Second Voice and an all-Welsh cast, including early appearances by Ruth Jones and Matthew Rhys, and a cameo role from John Humphrys. The play is a comic, affectionate and mischievous portrait of a day in the life of the mythical Welsh village of Llareggub (read it backwards) and has become one of the most famous radio plays ever written.
Wednesdays With Strangers. Comedy by Nick Leather. When a welcome pack to the UK offers advice on how to talk to strangers, a migrant worker decides to spend his one day off each week attempting to get to know the people of Britain and prove to his disillusioned flatmate that there is such a thing as the British Dream after all.
Fireworks at the Villa Lucia. Comedy drama by Paul Mendelson. When Pete, a struggling TV writer, and his wife Julie find themselves staying in the same Italian villa as cult movie director David Joe Jakes, he tries to sell his dog-eared screenplay as the true story of how he met his wife. The fireworks begin when he pressgangs his wife into pretending to be a fiery, psychotic, Venezuelan ex-soap star, while he masquerades as her psychoanalyst.
Sons and Lovers. By D.H Lawrence. The refined daughter of a “good old burgher family,” Gertrude Coppard meets a rough-hewn miner at a Christmas dance and falls into a whirlwind romance. But soon after her marriage to Walter Morel, she realizes the difficulties of living off his meagre salary in a rented house. The couple fight and drift apart and Walter retreats to the pub after work each day. Gradually, Mrs. Morel’s affections shift to her sons beginning with the oldest, William.
Dog Dazed Afternoon. By Ben Crompton. Liam and Mickey’s dog-walking scheme looks set to fail when, amid stolen cars and local gangsters, they lose their first client. With their friendship at breaking point, their only hope is Mickey’s skill in kung fu.
The Railway Children. By E. Nesbit. A British favorite about the Waterbury family who move to “Three Chimneys”, a house near the railway. The three children, Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis, find amusement among other things, in watching the trains on the nearby railway line and waving to the passengers. They become friendly with Albert Perks, the station porter, and with the Old Gentleman who regularly takes the 9.15 down train. The Old Man helps the children on a number of occasions. The family also take care of a Russian exile, Mr Szczepansky, who came to England looking for his family and Jim, the grandson of the Old Gentleman, who suffers a broken leg in a tunnel.
Hum. By Laura Wade. “The Hum and the high voltage grid: an intrusive low frequency noise that has disrupted the lives of thousands and been responsible for several deaths”. A contemporary drama about the insidious presence of noise in our lives. Emma is part of a team in Bristol who are called out to cases of noise pollution. A number of cases defy explanation. Can an inexplicable ‘hum’ be to blame?
More information on ‘Hum’ can be found here.
Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? By Edward Albee A new production, recorded on location, of this classic American play where two married couples tear each other’s lives apart in a drunken brawl after a university party. For the older couple, George and Martha, it is part of the ritual of their marriage but on this particular night things go too far.
The Postman Of Good Hope. By Al Smith. Inspired by a true story. When Nicholas returns to his village after fighting in the civil war, he discovers that none of the post has been delivered. To try to spare the community of further suffering he decides to only deliver good news.
The Possessed. By Lou Stein, from the book by Fyodor Dostoevsky. A group of dissidents and self-proclaimed revolutionaries are intent on causing chaos in a small town in 1870s Russia – spurred on by a demonic and manipulative ringleader.
The Haverstock Hill Murder. By George R Sims, dramatised by Roger Danes. The renowned Victorian lady detective and former actress, Dorcas Dene, is commissioned by a desperate mother to save her son from the gallows after he is accused of the brutal murder of his wife. Dorcas has her work cut out to solve the case given that the victim has named her husband as the assailant with her dying breath! Humorous, forensically logical, and a resourceful mistress of disguise, Dorcas Dene, is one of the better-drawn stars from the golden age of the English detective short story.
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Who Killed Zebedee? (R) By Wilkie Collins. Setting himself in front of the station fire, a young policeman is little prepared for the account of bloody murder that will be relayed that night. It seems that Mrs. Crosscapel’s lodging house is a place of dark secrets and buried passions—emotions that will soon cloud even his own judgment.
Where Angels Fear to Tread. By E.M Forster. On a journey to Tuscany with her young friend and traveling companion Caroline Abbott, widowed Lilia Herriton falls in love with both Italy and a handsome Italian much younger than herself, and decides to stay. Furious, her dead husband’s family send Lilia’s brother-in-law to Italy to prevent a misalliance, but he arrives too late. Lilia had already married the Italian and in due course becomes pregnant again. When she dies giving birth to a son, the Herritons learn that Lilia’s one-time traveling companion, Caroline Abbott, wishes to travel to Italy once again, this time to save the infant boy from an uncivilized life. Not wanting to be outdone—or considered any less moral or concerned than Caroline for the child’s welfare—Lilia’s in-laws try to take the lead in traveling to Italy.
My Brother God and the Ban Yan Tree. By Dusty Hughes. A play set in India in the 1910s against the backdrop of the struggle for independence from British rule. After British social reformer and Indian nationalism supporter Annie Besant joins the Indian National Congress to fight for independence from British rule, her appointment of a local schoolboy as a near-Messiah figure in the Hindu-style cult she presides over brings criticism. How does the naive youth cope with such a change in his life expectations?
Legsy Gets a Break. By Phil Gladwin. Seventeen-year-old Legsy, recently out of the care system, is on a quest to find the brother he was separated from as a child. And when he finds him, Legsy must decide whether to follow his brother into a life of escalating crime or to try and break free.
Lambeth Palace. Dark comedy by Christopher William Hill imagining the politics behind the scenes in the run-up to the selection of a fictional Archbishop of Canterbury. How far will an ultra-Establishment conservative and a barely-believing liberal go to win the top job in the Church of England?
Schalcken the Painter. By J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Schalcken the painter sees his one true love, Rose, wedded by contract for a sum of money to a man who may or may not be a demon. When she escapes and returns home, she is pursued by her demon lover.
The Monkey’s Mask. Detective tale set in Sydney, adapted from the best-selling verse novel by Australian poet Dorothy Porter. When street-smart private investigator Jill Fitzpatrick is hired to work on the case of a missing University student, she falls for the girl’s poetry tutor, the intellectual Dr Diana Maitland. Soon the smell of death around the case is getting all mixed up with the sick intoxication of love.
The Three Knots. Drama about faith and the supernatural by Linda Cracknell, set in 19th-century Scotland. Two men stranded on a mountain on a stormy December night meet a mysterious old woman who believes she can control the elements.
The Island Of Dr Moreau. By H. G Wells. Jonathan Pryce reads from HG Wells’s classic horror story about the nightmarish excesses of biological experimentation. Edward Prendick is the only survivor of a shipwreck.He is picked up by a passing boat containing a strange cargo of unusual animals and even stranger humans.
The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble. Comedy by Julian Gough. The story of an encounter one snowy night on a railway platform somewhere in southern England between a young Irish orphan, Jude, and Dr Ibrahim Bihi, a Somali with a degree in economics who has made and lost a fortune in the virtual goat market. As Dr Bihi relates the story of his rise and fall, he takes the opportunity to educate young Jude in the pitfalls and the glories of market forces.
The Diary Of Adam and Eve. By Mark Twain. A brilliant and affectionate satire about the battle of the sexes set in the Garden of Eden.In one of his lesser-known works, master American storyteller Mark Twain imagines what life must have been like for the first man and woman as they try to understand who they are, and why they have been put there.
The Decoy. Thriller by Matthew Broughton. Daniel is plucked from the factory floor and groomed by the state as a body-double for the head of state. He is generously rewarded and soon takes to the role, perhaps too seriously.
The Dead Hour. Dramatisation by Chris Dolan of the novel by Denise Mina, set in Glasgow in 1984. Cub reporter Paddy Meehan is called to a domestic dispute in a wealthy suburb where a female lawyer has been injured. A well-dressed man at the house slips 50 pounds into Paddy’s hand and shuts the door. Next day the lawyer is found murdered.
The Galton and Simpson Interview. Ray Galton OBE (born 17 July 1930), and Alan Simpson OBE (born 27 November 1929), are British scriptwriters who met in 1948 at a tuberculosis sanatorium, the Surrey county sanatorium near Godalming, on which the sitcom Get Well Soon was based. They are best known for their work with comedian Tony Hancock in ‘Hancocks Half Hour’ on radio and television between 1954 and 1961, and their long-running television situation comedy, Steptoe and Son, eight series of which were aired between 1962 and 1974 (‘The Offer’ being the pilot).
Clicquot Et Fils. A firm of undertakers in 1920s France has fallen on hard times, usurped by its more modern rivals. What it needs is a really sumptuous funeral – an old-fashioned, publicity-gathering blockbuster.
Naught For Thy Comfort. If, after having been dumped by your wife, you decide to commit suicide, you would think somebody would try to stop you. You do not expect the Samaritans to moan about being phoned in the early hours of the morning.
A Clerical Error. A con man who dresses as a clergyman to get money for religious charities is asked to talk a would-be suicide down from a balcony.
The Offer. The original script that sparked the triumphant ‘Steptoe and Son’. The story of Albert and Harold, father and son rag-and-bone men, who cannot live with and cannot live without one another.
More Steptoe and Son can be found in the Comedy Pages.