Drama on 3 – 2021
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ND / 6 Feb 2022
2 Jan 2022 Drama on 3 - The Mother
By Bertold Brecht. Stage play set in pre-revolutionary Russia, translated by Mark Ravenhill and Marc Funda. Music by Hans Eisler. When Pavel becomes involved in political activity her radical action to protect him from imprisonment transforms her into the figurehead for a revolutionary movement. Recorded in front of an audience in Middleton Hall, Hull. Rpt. First broadcast in 2019.
Andy Coxon as Pavel, Vlassova: Maxine Peake, with Esh Allad, Nico Mirallegro, Elen Rhys, Rupert Hill, William Ash, Kevin Harvey, Christine Bottomley and Nadia Emam. Producer: Nadia Molinari. .
9 Jan 2022 Drama on 3 - To Preserve the Health of Man
By Dave Britton. Five imagined encounters, when William Byrd looks back at key influences as he composed 'Gradualia', 109 pieces for each of the events and feasts in the church calendar. The title is a quote from a quote by Byrd: 'The exercise of singing is delightful to nature, and good to preserve the health of man'. Music played by the Odyssean Ensemble, director Colm Carey, recorded at the Chapel Tower, Tower of London. Rpt. First broadcast in Jul 2021 in five parts. William Byrd: David Suchet, Juliana Byrd: Sara Kestelman, Queen Elizabeth: Juliet Aubrey, Thomas Tallis: Philip Jackson, Edmund Campiion: Gunnar Cauthery. Producer: Alison Hindell. Sound: Nigel Lewis and Catherine Robinson. BBC Wales.
16 Jan 2022 Drama on 3 - The Miser
By Moliere, new production to mark 400th anniv. of the playwright's birth. This play is too well-known to need a description from me.
23 Jan 2022 Drama on 3 - Wunderkind
Sebastian Baczkiewicz used the Radio 3 drama slot to tell us how Allegri's setting of Psalm 51, now known as Miserere, escaped from the Vatican (WUNDERKIND, R3, 1930, 23 Jan 22). This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music in existence, and to preserve its sense of mystery, the Pope forbade anyone from transcribing it, on pain of excommunication. The work remained uncirculated and unpublished for a century. But Leopold Mozart took his son to Rome in 1770 and the two of them heard the Mass on Maunday Thurday service at the Vatican, at which the Miserere was sung. A couple of hours later, back at home, the young Wolfgang wrote out the whole piece from memory. According to the play, it was to get the young prodigy and his father into hot water. Leopold Mozart was played by Paul Higgins, Anna by Jasmine Hyde and Cardinal Ucelli by Craige Els. Musical direction was by John Chambers and the producer was Toby Swift. (....Note that Mozart himself only appears as a musician; we never hear his voice, though he is the subject of the play - Ed.)
30 Jan 2022 Drama on 3 - Othello
By Shakespeare; rpt. 125 min. This version is staged in an imagined near future in which Turkey tries to re-invade Cyprus. Adapted by Emma Harding and introduced by Islam Issa. The play is too well-known to need a description from me.
6 Feb 2022 Drama on 3 - Magnitsky the Musical
By Johnny Flynn and Robert Hudson. (Book and lyrics by Robert Hudson; music and lyrics by Johnny Flynn)
A musical blending music and satire, exploring the truths and fictions surrounding the Magnitsky Act. This is global legislation allowing governments to sanction those who they see as offenders of human rights. It tells the story of a tax adviser’s struggle to uncover a huge tax fraud, his imprisonment by the authorities he is investigating, and an American financier’s crusade for justice.
Bill . . . . . Paul Chahidi,
Sergei . . . . . Johnny Flynn,
Jamie . . . . . Fenella Woolgar,
Natalia . . . . . Ellie Kendrick,
Kuznetsov . . . . . Gus Brown,
Guard . . . . . Clive Hayward,
Silchenko . . . . . Ian Conningham,
Jared . . . . . Will Kirk,
Fisherman . . . . . Neil McCaul,
Judge . . . . . Jessica Turner.
Additional singing by Sinead MacInnes, Laura Christy, Scarlett Courtney and Lucy Reynolds.
The cellist is Joe Zeitlin.
Sound by Peter Ringrose.
Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.
20 Feb 22 Drama on 3 - The A-Z of Things: H is for Hair
By Emily Burnett. Sonically inventive stories about the objects that shape us, from writers and sound designers new to radio.
Uses binaural sound. Jas is 27 and mixed race. Since birth she's been called Hairbear. When her hair starts falling out by the roots, she feels like she's losing her identity, her history and possibly her grip on reality. Can Granny help?
Jas - Bethan Mary James,
Dad - Steve Toussaint,
Granny - Mary-Anne Roberts,
Beth - Sara Gregory,
Marie Antoinette - Coco Mageeda,
Blind Date - Matthew Durkan,
Jessica - Josephine Lopez-Norton.
Sound design - Ivan d'Avoine.
Producer - John Norton.
This was immediately followed by: C is for Campervan
By Hannah Morley. Laurie wakes up in her campervan, crashed in the snow in Vermont.
Laurie - Elysia Welch,
Paige - Ashley Haddad,
Sam - Ian Dunnett Jnr.
Sound Design - Tess Davidson.
Producer- John Norton.
27 Feb 22 Drama on 3 - The A-Z of Things: A is for Awards
By Amy Trigg with sound design by Michael Panayiotis. Paige is an up-and-coming novelist who is about to be presented with a prestigious writing award. But rather than giving her a sense of validation, the prospect of lifting up that award propels her towards a breakdown.
Paige ..... Amy Trigg,
Sian / Journalist ..... Maryam Hamidi,
Luke / Publisher ..... Laurie Brown.
Other parts were played by members of the cast.
BBC Scotland, directed in Glasgow by Kirsty Williams.
This was immediately followed by: F is for Furniture
By Siofra Dromgoole with sound design by Cole Ostrin. After a sudden break-up, Niamh is living alone in the flat she shared with her partner, among the furniture they shared. She tries to move on, but the furniture seems to have a life of its own.
Niamh ….. Jessica Hardwick,
Al ….. Reuben Joseph,
Eileen ….. Dani Heron,
George ….. Harri Pitches.
Other parts played by members of the cast.
BBC Scotland , produced in Glasgow by Gaynor Macfarlane.
6 Mar 22 Drama on 3 - The A-Z of Things: M is for Mussels
By Lara Barbier. Margo is pregnant and she can't stop eating mussels. The hard shells are shaped like blue-black tears, gifted from mother to daughter. They speak of sorrow. They speak of the sea...
Sound design by Laurence Nelson. Margo played by Alexandria Riley; Rowan by Joe Simms.
Produced by Becky Ripley.
...immediately followed by: D is for Dwelling
By Nash Colundalur; sound design by Arthur Hutchinson. "My name’s Bauen, it's German, it means dwelling. I speak 37 languages, but they have chosen Female RP as my dialect. I am the eyes and consciousness of this house..."
Bauen: Pippa Haywood,
Preethi: Ellora Torchia,
Jay: Ed Sayer.
Produced by Becky Ripley.
13 Mar 22 Drama on 3 - Strings
By Linda Marshall Griffiths. The drama imagines a future world where the survival of the species is threatened and decisions must be made about what is worth saving. The Longyears spacecraft is on a mission to launch into the future by entering interconnected cosmic strings. Once in the time dilation they will await a wave-beacon from NASA that will indicate the moment to return to a future ravaged Earth where the doomsday vault that they carry on board can be utilised and re-introduced to save the human race. But as the ship enters the cosmic strings time itself begins to complicate.
Sound Design by Sharon Hughes.
Directed by Nadia Molinari.
Programme Consultants: Dr James M Lea, Dr Ian Dawson, Dr Catherine Heinemeyer.
BBC; Drama North. Binaural stereo.
20 Mar 22 Drama on 3 - Middlemarch Monologues
Middlemarch is a 19th century novel about provincial lives during a period of social change, e.g. the building of the railways. It writes about individual experiences in an unidentified Midlands town, largely modelled on Coventry, where George Eliot lived for a time. These new monologues weave together eight 21st-century voices. The characters are updated versions of the originals. Dorothea Brooke becomes Thea, ardent climate change activist struggling with mental health; Dr Lydgate meets and falls heavily for Rosanna Vincy, beautiful South Asian social media influencer and thwarted pianist; Will Ladislaw is a Jamaican-Polish-heritage writer-cum-postman, hurt by the acts of racism filling up his social media and working out what to do about it. There are subtle references to the book and some George Eliot lines are used in the monologues.
Tracy Dagley ..... Julia Rounthwaite
Writer Amanda Dalton, director Polly Thomas
Dorothea Brooke ..... Ellie Turner
Writer Ellice Stevens, director Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
Tertius Lydgate ..... Henry Lloyd Hughes
Writer Amanda Dalton, director Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
Rosanna Vincy ..... Sharan Phull
Writer Sabiha Mank, director Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
Mrs Cadwallader ..... Meera Syal
WriterTanika Gupta, directed by Polly Thomas
Mary Garth ..... Sinead Matthews
Writer Leanne Allen, director Polly Thomas
Will Ladislaw ..... Calvin Demba
Writer Liz Mytton, director Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
John Raffles ..... Ashley Gerlach
Writer Debris Stevenson, director Polly Thomas
27 Mar 22 Drama on 3 - Hall of Mirrors
Book by Robert Hudson; music and lyrics by Susannah Pearse. Arrangements and Musical Direction by Tim Sutton. A musical about the economist John Maynard Keynes and his journey through the finanical crises of the early 20th century. It starts in Paris in 1919. Keynes is convinced that the Peace Treaty of Versailles is going to be a disaster. He befriends Honor Whary, who is determined to build a better world. Keynes prophesises that Honor's dreams will never materialise but is surprised when events follow a more hopeful course.
John Maynard Keynes . . . . . Jamie Parker,
Honor Page Whary . . . . . Patsy Ferran,
Princess Marie & Lydia Lopokova . . . . . Jasmine Hyde,
Agnes . . . . . Sabrina Sandhu,
Ferenc . . . . . Matthew Durkan,
Wilson . . . . . Neil McCaul,
Clemenceau . . . . . Jason Barnett,
Lloyd George . . . . . Michael Begley,
Puffins . . . . . Christine Kavanagh.
Flautist: Katie Sutton.
Production co-ordinator: Luke MacGregor.
Sound by Peter Ringrose.
Produced by Sasha Yevtushenko.
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