Radio 3 Drama, 1995


Compiled by Stephen Shaw

Sometimes identifying "drama" on Radio 3 can be difficult as many contain more or less music - were they opera? musical? Generally if players are listed by voice (eg soprano) rather than character, I have omitted the programme in this list, but there are some close calls as in the first entry which is very close to an opera:

1st January 1995:
The Fairy Queen -
Music by "The London Classical Players" and the "Schutz Choir of London"
19.00-22.15 with interval 20.55-21.05, music composer: Henry Purcell.
Titania: Diana Quick, Oberon: Jack Klaff, Bottom: Bernard Cribbins, Robin Goodfellow: Neil Caple, Lysander: William Chubb, Helena: Sandra Berkin, Demetrius: Daniel Strauss, Hermia: Susan Mann, The Duke: Peter Harlowe, Egeus: Garard Green, Peter Quince: Kim Wall, Snout: Peter Meakin, Snug: Gerry Hinks, Flute: Alex Jones, Starveling: David Holt, Director Nigel Bryant.

8th January 1995:
The Sunday Play: Fairest Isle
Stephen Wyatt 's play has been commissioned to commemorate the tercentenary of the death of Henry Purcell. The opera King Arthur is acclaimed as a masterpiece, but as neither Purcell nor John Dryden fully understood each other's artistic aims, their collaboration was frequently tempestuous.
. Director Martin Jenkins. John Dryden: Benjamin Whitrow, Henry Purcell: Ian Hughes, Elizabeth Dryden: Barbara Jefford, Frances Purcell: Deborah Berlin, Halifax: John Rowe, Thomas Betterton: John Shrapnel, Louis Grabu: Trader Faulkner, John Milton: Don McCorkindale, Charles II: Derek Waring, James II: Peter Yapp, Thomas Shadwell: Gavin Muir, Wit/Actor: David Antrobus, Harpsichordist: Malcolm Hicks, Boy Treble: Timothy Dickinson.

15th January 1995:
The SundayPlay: Manage Blanc
By Tadeusz Rozewicz , translated by Adam Czerniawski and adapted for radio by Anthony Vivis. One of Poland's foremost poets and playwrights, Rozewicz explores the pressures of adolescence in a turn-of-the-century household. Sixteen-year-old Bianca is about to be married . Threatened by male sexuality, she insists on a manage blanc - a marriage she will only consummate when and if she feels ready.
Music by Dominique LeGendre Musicians Tricia Howitt , Julia Bradshaw and Andrew Orton.
Bianca: Jane Hazelgrove, Pauline: Martine Brown, Mother: Sue Johnston, Father/Bullfather: Robert Whelan, Grandfather: Malcolm Hebden, Benjamin: Colin Kerrigan, Aunt: Romy Baskerville, Cook: Daryl Fishwick, Felix/Huntsman: Martin Reeves, Director Kate Rowland. iolin), Jamie Talbot(clarinet/saxophone.) REPEATED on 30th April 1995.

22nd January 1995
The Sunday Play: The Rover
A short season of plays celebrating women of daring, wit and adventure through four centuries begins with this sex comedy by Aphra Behn , England's first female professional playwright. First performed in 1677, it was one of the most popular plays of the Restoration. In a Spanish colony during camival, three sisters wander disguised through the streets in search of husbands: their aim is to behave like men. Their meeting with a group of banished cavaliers leads to passion, intrigue and farce.
Music by Stephen Warbeck Musicians: Martin Winters , Neil Smith , Dai Pritchard , Akintayo Akenbode , Adam Carter and Simone Rebello. Director: Kate Rowland, Willmore: Danny Webb, Hellena: Julia Ford, Florinda: Suzan Sylvester, Valeria: Juliet Aubrey, Angellica: Dona Croll, Belvile: Timothy Walker, Blunt: Trevor Cooper, Frederick: Louis Hilyer, Don Pedro: Burt Caesar, Don Antonio: Patrick O'Kane. Other parts played by Melissa Sinden , Gillian Cally , Jonathan Coyne and John Griffin. Repeated on 3rd September 1995. [ The play was broadcast in two parts on BBC TV channel 2 in Sept/Oct 1995 in Open University] [Relevant other programs: Radio 4 "The History of the Life and Memoirs of the Late Ingenious Mrs Aphra Behn" in ten parts, August 2001; and Radio 3 from October 1977: The Passionate Shepherdess - A portrait of Aphra Behn]

29th January 1995:
The Sunday Play: The Amazons
by Arthur Wing Pinero, adapted by Stephen Wyatt. In this role-reversing comedy three girls are brought up as boys by their eccentric mother, Lady Castlejordan. It's a man's world - until they fall in love.
Original music by Errollyn Watlen Director Nandita Ghose
Lady Castlejordan: Su Douglas, Noeline: Emma Croft, Thomasin: Pooky Quesnel, Wilhelmina: Joanne Sherry, Tweenways: Richard Pearce, Litterly: Nicholas Boulton, De Grival: John Griffin, Minchin: Finetime Fontayne, Orts: Finetime Fontayne, Youatt: Robert Whelan, Fitton: Robert Whelan, Sergeant Shuter: Kay Purcell. Repeated 18th August 1996.

4th February 1995:
Why Bother?
As a tribute to Peter Cook , there's another chance to hear his comic portrayal of Sir Arthur Streeb Greebling in this five-part series presented by Christopher Morris. Renowned as a statesman, scholar and tycoon but also suspected of chicanery and gleeful inhumanity, Sir Arthur reveals why he bought the BBC Concert Orchestra. A Talkback production. (Indie)
Sir Arthur Streeb Greebling: Peter Cook, Presented by Christopher Morris. Repeated from 10th January 1994

5th February 1995:
The Sunday Play: Machinal
by Sophie Treadwell , the third play in this season. Sophie Treadwell was a prolific and controversial writer whose feminist themes and innovative dramatisation brought expressionist theatre powerfully back to life. Machinal is loosely based on the sensational murder trial of Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray , and is a stinging indictment of a world which oppresses women. The play features most of the cast from the National Theatre production, including Fiona Shaw as the Young Woman, John Woodvine as George H Jones and Ciaren Hinds as the Man. Other parts played by members of the cast. A Catherine Bailey production; Indie.
Young woman: Fiona Shaw, George H Jones: John Woodvine, Ciaren Hinds: Ciaren Hinds, Telephone girl: Matilda Ziegler, Stenographer: Lynn Farleigh, Adding clerk: Bill Wauis, Filing clerk: James Duke, Mother: June Watson, Doctor: Christopher Rozycki, Woman at Bar: Rachel Power, Defense lawyer: Roger Sloman, Prosecution lawyer: Colin Stinton, Music By: Stephen Warbeck. Martin Allen (percussion), Tim Harries (bass), Sonia Slaney (violin), Jamie Talbot(clarinet/saxophone.) REPEATED on 30th April 1995.

11th February 1995:
Why Bother?
Another chance to hear Peter Cook 's comic portrayal of Sir Arthur Streeb Greebling , introduced by Christopher Morris.
Tonight Sir Arthur agrees to discuss his recent discovery of the fossilised remains of Jesus Christ. Indie: A TalkBack production.
Sir Arthur Streeb Greebling: Peter Cook, introduced by Christopher Morris. Repeated from 11th January 1994.

12th February 1995:
The Sunday Play: Top Girls
by Caryl Churchill.
One of the most successful British plays of the last ten years begins at a dinner party with a difference. Marlene, a modern, successful woman of the 1980s is entertaining five guests from the past: Victorian traveller Isabella Bird, 13th-century Japanese courtesan Lady Nijo, Dull Gret, a character from a Breughel painting, Pope Joan , and, arriving late,
Patient Griselda, Chaucer's obedient wife. All are remarkable women. All are long dead. A World Service production. Marlene: Lesley Manville, Dull Gret/Angie: Lesley Sharp, Patient Griselda/Nell: Anna Patrick, Lady Nijo/Win: Sarah Lam, Waitress/Kit/Shona: Beth Goddard, Joyce/Isabella Bird: Deborah Findlay, Pope Joan/Louise: Cecily Hobbs.

18th February 1995:
Why Bother?
Continuing the series in which Peter Cook portrays Sir Arthur Streeb Greebling , introduced by Christopher Morris. Tonight Sir Arthur talks about his extraordinary friendship with Eric Clapton. Indie: A TalkBack production.
Sir Arthur Streeb Greebling: Peter Cook, introduced by Christopher Morris. Repeated from 12th January 1994.

19th February 1995:
The Sunday Play: Fair Hearing
by Steve May.
During the Second World War, Charlie, a young violinist, finds a place in Michael Tippett 's Voluntary Employment Orchestra. Like the man he so admires, Charlie wants to be a virtuoso musician and a conscientious objector to the war, but for a kid from Peckham - "C3 and piss poor" according to his father - even to get a fair hearing is just not that easy.
Music played by Will Menter (soprano saxophone) and Julian Dale (double bass), and composed and arranged by Steve May and Will Menter Director Eoin O'Callaghan Charlie: Julian Rhind Tutt Max: Samuel West Bren: Gavin Muir George: Bill Wallis Mrs: Tessa Worsley Vicar: Denys Hawthorne Caruso: Don McCorkindale Asylum supervisor: Peter Yapp Repeated on 29th June 1997

25th February 1995:
Why Bother?
Sir Arthur Streeb Greebling has agreed to discuss his scandalous involvement in retrospective patenting. Indie. TalkBack production. Sir Arthur Streeb Greebling: Peter Cook. Repeated from 13th January 1994.

26th February 1995:
The Sunday Play: Julius Caesar
This all-star production recorded in Los Angeles as part of the UK/LA 1994 Festival of the Arts highlights Shakespeare's themes on the use and abuse of power, personal motivation and integrity, opportunism and psychology.
Music Derek Oldfield. Director Martin Jenkins. A BBC/Los Angeles Theater Works/KCRW co-production recorded in the studios of KCRW, Los Angeles. Julius Caesar: Hal Gould, Calpumia: Bonnie Bedelia, Octavius Caesar: Ayre Gross, Marcus Brutus: Stacy Keach, Portia: Jobeth Williams, Caius Cassius: John De Lancie, Mark Antony: Richard Dreyfuss, Casca: Jack Coleman, Metellus Cimber: David Birney, Cinna the conspirator: John Vickery, Decius Brutus/Lucihus: John Vickery, Trebonius/Varrus: Paul Mercier, Murellus: Kelsey Grammer, Flavius/Artemidonus: John Randolph, Soothsayer/Ligarius: Basil Langton, Lucius/Strato: Andrew White, Cinna the poet: Arthur Hanket, Titinius/Cobbler: Jim Morrison, Messala/Cicero: George Murdock, Antony's Servant/Pindarus: Paul Winfield, 1st Cltizen/Claudio: Lee Arenberg, 2nd Citizen: Marnie Mosiman.

4th March 1995:
Why Bother?
Sir Arthur Streeb Greebling discusses his recent experiment to produce a horizontal bubble. A TalkBack production. Sir Arthur Streeb Greebling: Peter Cook.

5th March 1995:
21.40 to 23.45
The Sunday Play: The Life of Galileo by Berthold Brecht.
Richard Griffiths plays Galileo in David Hare 's intimate version, originally commissioned by the Almeida Theatre. The play starts in Padua in 1609.
Music by Jonathan Dove, Director Janet Whitaker , Galileo: Richard Griffiths, Andrea, aged 10: Daniel Worters , Andrea, aged 24: Stephen Tompkinson, Virginia: Natasha Pyne, Signora Sarti: Jill Graham, Old Cardinal: Maurice Denham, Inquisitor: John Moffatt, Cardinal Baberini: Bernard Hepton, Cardinal Bellamin: David Collings, Little Monk: Mark Lambert, Federzoni: George A Cooper, Philosopher: Peter Howell, Mathematician: Ian Masters, Sagredo: Gavin Muir, Ludovico: Andrew Branch, Chancellor: Derek Waring, Vanni: Michael Tudor-Barnes, Cosimo, aged 9: Benjamin Guy, Cosimo, aged 33: Jonathan Keeble, Monk: Oliver Senton, Boy singer: Connor Burrowes. Repeated on 25th February 1996.

12th March 1995
The Sunday Play: No Way Out or Huis Clos ,
by Jean-Paul Sartre, translated by Frank Hauser. A modern European classic and a dramatic representation of Sartre's philosophy of existentialism. Three characters find themselves trapped together in a Second Empire drawing room. But the room is in hell, and the three characters will be yoked together for eternity, tormenting each other with the evil events in their lives. The play was first produced in May 1944, just a month before the Allied invasion of France.
Director Michael Earley , Estelle: Zoe Wanamaker, Ines: Imogen Stubbs, Garcin: Ciaran Hinds, Waiter: David Colungs. Repeated on 28th July 1996.

19th March 1995:
The Sunday Play: The Dark Tower
Louis MacNeice's classic radio parable, first produced in 1946, receives its first new production in more than 20 years. When Roland, the youngest of seven sons, sets off in the well-worn footsteps of family tradition, his journey inevitably leads to the Dark Tower that has loomed perilously over his family for generations. Now Roland faces a choice between blind obedience or free will - if he is to confront "the evil that never dies".
Music by Philip Hammond. Performed by the Renaissance Singers. Director Michael Quinn, Sergeant-Trumpeter: John Hewitt, Gavin: Sean Kearns, Roland: Sean Campion, Mother: Eileen Pollock, Tutor: J J Murphy, Sylvie: Lynn Cahill, Blind Peter: Mark Mulholland, Soak: Niall Cusack, Barmaid: Amanda Maquire, Stentor: Wesley Murphy, Steward: Paddy Scully, Neaera: Roma Tomelty, Child's Voice: Joe Keenan. Repeated 14th April 1996.

26th March 1995:
The Sunday Play: The Ruling Class
by Peter Barnes.
Because the 14th Earl believes the world should be based on love, he is thought to be insane. It is only when he becomes sadistic, malevolent and murderous that society believes him to be normal.
Music by Stephen Deutsch. Director Gerry Jones, Rpt. 13th Earl of Gumey.: Peter Jeffrey, 14th Earl of Gumey: Simon Callow, Tucker: John Hollis, Sir Charles Gumey: Peter Bayliss, Bishop Lampton: Timothy Bateson, Dinsdale Gurney: Geoffrey Beevers, Lady Claire Gumey: Jillie Meers, Dr Paul Herder: Geoffrey Whitehead, Grace Shelley: Elizabeth Mansfield, Matthew Peake: Christopher Good, McKyle: Fraser Kerr, Mrs Treadwell: Jill Graham, Mrs Piggot-Jones: Joanna Wake, Kelso Truscott: John Baddeley, Inspector Brockett: Keith Drinkel.

2nd April 1995:
The Sunday Play: The Duchess of Malfi
John Webster 's classic tragedy of forbidden love, murder and revenge in a radio production recorded on location at Liancaiach Fawr Manor House.
Music by Tim Riley Musicians: Vicky Higginson , Lyn Plowman and James Mainwaring. Director: Alison Hindell. The Duchess: Fiona Shaw, Bosola: Roger Allam, Ferdinand: Adrian Dunbar, The Cardinal: John Shrapnel, Antonio: Patrick Brennan, Delio: Simon Harris, Julia: Helen Griffin, Pescara: John Webb, Cariola: Manon Edwards, Roderigo: Peter Gunn, Silvio: Robert David, Old Lady: Lawmary Champion. Repeated from 8th November 1992

9th April 1995:
The Sunday Play: Pictures of Tomorrow
Martin Lynch 's stirring and poignant drama charts the dreams of three young men as they prepare to sacrifice everything for the sake of defeating fascism in the Spanish Civil War. Half a century later they feel disappointment and despair as they face up to the uncomfortable realities of Thatcher's Britain.
Guitarist Sean O'Brien. Director Michael Quinn. Young Ray: John Paul Connolly, Old Ray: Alan Bennion, Young Len: Peter Ballance, Old Len: Kenneth Griffith, Young Hugh: Conor Grimes, Old Hugo: Kevin Flood, Josephina: Amanda Maguire, Kate: Catherine MacKenzie

16th April 1995:
19.30 to 22:10
The Sunday Play: Henry IV Part 1
by William Shakespeare. Robert Hardy stars as Sir John Falstaff , Shakespeare's greatest comic creation, who latches on to Hal, the young Prince of Wales, and educates him in the vices of the tavern. When Hotspur leads a rebellion against the King, Henry despairs of his son's degradation and neglect of duty. The time has come for Hal to redeem himself.
Music by Paddy Cuneen. Director Michael Fox . John Falstaff: Robert Hardy, Hal: Robert Glenister, Henry IV: Barrie Rutter, Glendower: Ian Meredith, Hotspur: Bill Fellows, Northumberland: James Tomlinson, Worcester: Russell Dixon, Prince John: Antony Byrne, Lady Percy: Geraldine Alexander, Sir Walter Blunt: Colin Prockter, Mistress Quickly: Jane Cox, Bardolph: Robert Whelan, Poins: John Lloyd-Fillingham, Peto: Andy Wear, Gadshill: Cliff Howells, Scroop: Rob Pickavance, Douglas: Malcolm Raeburn, Vemon: Stefan Escreet, Mortimer: Simon Green, Lady Mortimer: Vanessa Woodfine. Henry IV Part 2 next Sunday 7.3Opm.

23rd April 1995:
19.30 to 22.00:
The Sunday Play: Henry IV Part 2
by William Shakespeare.
Despite defeat, the rebels are still plotting against King Henry, who has fallen sick. Hal is weary of life at court and continues his adventures in the tavern. The dying king despairs once more of his wayward son. Falstaff continues to profit from his relationship with Hal, believing that high office awaits him when Hal is crowned.
Musicians: Sue Baxendale, Elizabeth Brierley , Steven Magee , Alan Morrison , Valerie Stark. Music by Paddy Cuneen. Director Michael Fox . Falstaff: Robert Hardy, Hal: Robert Glenister, Henry IV: Barrie Rutter, Northumberland: James Tomlinson, Lord Chief Justice: Russell Dixon, Prince John: Antony Byrne, Lady Percy: Geraldine Alexander, Mistress Quickly: Jane Cox, Bardolph: Robert Whelan, Scroop: Rob Pickavance, Mowbray: Stefan Escreet, Poins: John Lloyd-Fillingham, Justice Shallow: Peter Copley, Page: Nina Wadia, Peto/Snare/Moldy: Andy Wear, Pistol: Cliff Howells, Silence/Rumour/Beadle: Keith Clifford, Lord Bardolph/Harcourt: Malcolm Raeburn, Doll Tearsheet: Frances Jeater, Warwick/Morton: Wyuje Longmore, Gloucester/Hastings: Lyndam Gregory, Westmoreland/Davy: Peter Whitman, Clarence/Will: Adam Sunderland.

30th April 1995:
The Sunday Play: Machinal
by Sophie Treadwell , a prolific and controversial writer whose feminist themes and innovative dramatisation brought expressionist theatre back to life. Machinal is loosely based on the sensational murder trial of Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray and is a stinging indictment of a world which oppresses women. Featuring most of the cast from the National Theatre production, including Fiona Shaw as the Young Woman, John Woodvine as George H Jones and Ciaren Hinds as the Man.
Music by Stephen Warbeck. Martin Allen (percussion) Tim Harries (bass) Sonia Slaney (violin) Jamie Talbot (clarinet/saxophone) . A Catherine Bailey production; Indie. Rpt. George H Jones: John Woodvine, The Man: Clarence Hinds, Young Woman: Fiona Shaw, Telephone girl: Matilda Ziegler, Stenographer: Lynn Farleigh, Adding clerk: Bill Wallis, Filing clerk: James Duke, Mother: June Watson, Doctor: Christopher Rozycki, Woman at bar: Rachel Power, Defense lawyer: Roger Sloman, Prosecution lawyer: Colin Stinton, Repeated from 5th February 1995.

6th May 1995:
Studio 3: Hughie by Eugene O'Neill.
A classic experimental drama. When Hughie, the night clerk in a low-grade rooming house dies, Erie, a small-time gambler and full-time loser, discovers that he has lost his only friend in New York.
Director Jose Quintero . A Bay Area Radio Drama production . Erie Smith.: Jason Robards, Night Clerk: Jack Dodson. Repeated 21st June 1998.

7th May 1995:
The Sunday Play: My House in Umbria by William Trevor. When a young American girl, an elderly British general and a German traveller survive a terrorist bomb attack on an Italian train, romantic novelist Mrs Delahunty finds a new purpose in life in caring for this unlikely group.
Director Shaun MacLoughlin. Mrs Delahunty: Prunella Scales, Aimee: Vanessa Mean, The General: Peter Jeffrey, Otmar: Richard Pearce, Quinty: Sean Barrett, Professor Riversmith: Peter Whitman, Dr Innocenti: Gianpiero Porcaro, Signora Bardini: Gilllan Goodman, Rosa Crevelli: Patricia Martinelli, Mr Trice: Joe Dunlop, Richard: Michael McDermot. Repeated from 30th January 1994. Repeated on BBC 7: 25th May 2008 and 9th August 2009.

14th May 1995:
The Sunday Play: The Double Dealer by William Congreve , adapted by Kevin Elyot. The first of four Sunday Plays featuring classics of Restoration drama. Congreve's brilliant comedy was written in 1693 when he was 23. A house party gathers in celebration of an impending marriage. Little do the bride and groom realise what plots are afoot to prevent their ever reaching the altar. The play features original music by Henry Purcell.
Music performed by Paul Agnew (tenor). New London Consort, director Philip Pickett. Musical supervision and additional music: Mia Soteriou. Director Phyllida Lloyd. Indie: Catherine Bailey production. Lord Touchwood: Robin Bailey, Lady Touchwood: Sheila Gish, Mellefont: Jonathan Cullen, Sir Paul Plyant: Clive Swift, Lady Plyant: Penelope Wilton, Cynthia: Claire Skinner, Lord Forth: Christopher Benjamin, Lady Forth: Celia Imrie, Brisk: Mark Lockyer, Careless: Richard Bonneville, Maskwell: Robert Glenister. Repeated 14th January 1996.

21st May 1995
The Sunday Play: Love at a Loss by Catharine Trotter. The second of four Sunday Plays featuring Restoration dramas. Lesbia needs to secure herself financially. Will she marry for love or honour? Adapted by Polly Irvin from the award-winning stage production by Wild Iris .
Director Polly Irvin, A Wild Iris production, Lesbia: Adjoa Andoh, Cleon: Nigel Betts, Bonsot: John Biggins, Lysetta: Sally Greenwood, Lucillia: Lucy Jenkins, Grandfoy: Patrice Naiambana, Beaumine: Howard Saddler, Constant: Peter Shorey, Miranda: Sian Webber, Phillabel: Nicholas Whitfield.

28th May 1995
The Sunday Play: The Basset Table by Susanna Centlivre , adapted by Fidelis Morgan . The third of four Sunday Plays featuring some of the classic Restoration dramas.
Director: Penny Gold, Lady Reveller: Eleanor Bron, Lord Worthy: Michael Cochrane, Sir James Courtley: Jonathan Cullen, Lady Lucy: Amanda Murray, Sir Richard: John Rye, Ensign Lovely: Simon Treves, Valeria: Danielle Allan, Captain Hearty: Sean Barrett, Alpiew: Jenny Howe, Buckle: Nicholas Gilbrook, Mrs Sago: Tessa Worsley, Mr Sago: Danny Schiller, Banker/Servant: Christopher Good. Repeated from 10th August 1990 and 13th January 1991.

4th June 1995
Sunday Feature: Harrison's Bigwigs - Last Thoughts upon St Paules
Sir John Gielgud plays Sir Christopher Wren and author Carey Harrison the Neapolitan architect Gianiorenzo Bernini in the second of three imagined moments in the lives of some of Henry Purcell 's eminent contemporaries. The architect and Surveyor-General Sir Christopher Wren defends the principles and design of his masterwork, St Paul 's Cathedral.
Director David Benedictus, Producer Noah Richler, Sir Christopher Wren: John Gielgud, King Charles II: John Moffatt, Chiffinch: Sam Dastor, Gianlorenzo Bernini: Carey Harrison, Isaac Barrow: Bill Wallis. Repeated on 23rd July 1996.

4th June 1995:
The Sunday Play: The Country Wife by William Wycherley , adapted by Martyn Read. The last of four Sunday Play productions featuring classics of Restoration drama with the late Sir Michael Hordern in his final role. London, 1675, and the King's Players give the first performance* of William Wycherley 's new play, in which Harry Horner , an unredeemed rake-hell, hits upon a remarkable stratagem for conquering new bedchambers!
Music by Malcolm McKee, Director (of program) Sue Wilson, Director: (role in play) Julia McKenzie, Lady Fidget: Julia McKenzie, William Wycherley: Michael Hordern, Horner: Anton Lesser, Pinchwife: Stephen Moore, Margery Pinchwife: Cathryn Bradshaw, Sir Jasper Fidget: Norman Rodway, Sparkish: Gary Bond, Harcourt: Michael Cochrane, Alithea: Julia Hills, Dorliant: Gareth Tudor Price, Lucy: Sunny Ormonde, Dainty: Jean Perkins, Squeamish: Susie Baxter, Old Lady Squeamish: Jill Graham, The Quack: John Webb. (Sir Michael Hordern CBE died in May 1995) Repeated 19th October 1997. This program was about the first performance of The Country Wife - The actual play The Country Wife was broadcast on 22nd December 1985 and 23rd June 1987.

11th June 1995:
Sunday Feature: Over the Precipice by Roberta Berke.
A play based on the life and work of the Italian poet Torquato Tasso (1544-1595). Tasso: Anton Lesser, Scipone Gonzaga: Edward de Souza, Alfonso II: John Moffatt. With David Antrobus , Andrew Branch , Becky Hindley , Wolf Kahler , Natasha Pyne , Michael Tudor Barnes , Derek Waring and Tessa Worsley. Music by Richard Attree. Producer Piers Plowright. Repeated 31st March 1996.

11th June 1995:
The Sunday Play: Oh! What a Lovely War.
Joan Littlewood 's musical entertainment composed with her fellow artists in Theatre Workshop, London, adapted by Malcolm McKee. Set in a fictional playhouse at the end of the pier in Scarborough, this theatrical chronicle of the First World War is told through songs, sketches and documents of the period.
With Judy Cornwell , Kim Durham , Chris Emmett , Peter Jeffrey , Mary Lincoln , Malcolm McKee , Michael Mears , Michael Onslow , Norman Rodway , Cathy Sara , Christopher Scott , Jan Shand , Rob Swinton , John Webb and Rebecca Wright. Arrangements and musical direction Malcolm McKee. Researched by Gerry Raffles and Charles Chilton. Title suggested by Alan Clarke. Director Sue Wilson. Repeated 25th August 1996. Original stage musical was 1963, the film version was 1969.

18th June 1995:
The Sunday Play: The Death of Alexander Scriabin
Two exciting firsts for radio as Oliver Reed stars in Ken Russell's new play about one of the 20th century's most revolutionary composers. In 1914, two men with more than a passing interest in the occult meet in St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow - the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin and the notorious English mystic Aleister Crowley.
Piano played by Dmitri Sladkowski. Written and directed by Ken Russell . Producer Adrian Bean. Aleister Crowley: Oliver Reed, Alexander Scriabin: James Wilby, Olga: Hetty Baynes, Police Sergeant: Brian Murphy, Headman: Don Warrington, Tanya Schloezer: Kristin Milward, Professor R J Stone: Ken Russell, Ernie Gross: Joshua Towb, Arensky: Gavin Muir, Rimsky-Korsakov: Don MacCorkindale. Announcer: Donald MacLeod. Repeated on 4th August 1996.

25th June 1995
The Sunday Play: Pioneers in Ingolstadt
by Marieluise Fleisser , translated by Elisabeth Bond-Pable and Tinch Minter. A play by Germany's greatest and most original female dramatist. Written in 1926, while Fleisser was Brecht's lover, it records the effects of an army visit to the small German town of Ingolstadt to build a bridge.
Music by Stephen Warbeck; Berta: Sandy McDade, Alma: Teresa McElroy, Korl: Robert Bowman, Rosskopf: Russell Porter, Fabin: Simon Tyrell, Unertl/Policeman: Godfrey Jackman, Sergeant: Chris Campbell, Munsterer/Bibrich: Billy Clark, Zeck/Photographer: Gary Lydon, Jager/Bunny: Will Barton. Repeated from 10th October 1993.

2nd July 1995:
The Sunday Play: Over the Hills and Far Away by Martyn Wade.
The Australian-born composer Percy Grainger (1882-1961) was a unique personality. Strikingly handsome, a brilliant pianist, exhaustingly energetic, wildly eccentric and passionate about his music almost to the point of madness, he was much loved by all who knew him. This award-winning production about his life is rebroadcast to celebrate British Music Year.
Director Cherry Cookson ; Percy Grainger: David Collings, Rose Grainger: Vivian Pickles, Ella Grainger: Sarah Badel, Delius: Jack May, Bumett Cross: David Healy, Cyril Scott: David Timson, Balfour Gardiner: Christopher Scott, John Grainger: Peter Baldwin, Herman Sandoy: Geoffrey Matthews, Grieg: Philip Voss, Young Percy: Jill Lidstone. Other parts played by Neville Jason , Garrick Hagon, Miranda Forbes , Rosalind Adams , Stuart Organ, Madi Hedd, Crawford Logan, Peter Tuddenham and Alex Jennings. STUART HUTCHINSON (piano and harmonium). Technical presentation by MARSAIL MACCUISH. First broadcast on Radio 3 on 5th May 1983. First broadcast on Radio 4 on 27th December 1982.

9th July 1995:
The Sunday Play: Elgar's Third
The story of Elgar's unfinished third symphony has always aroused curiosity. This is its story, from its commissioning by the BBC at the instigation of Bernard Shaw to the struggle by the composer to overcome his doubts and fears. Martin Jenkins 's production won two 1995 Sony Awards - Best Play for writer David Pownall and Best Actor for Bernard Hepton in the title role - and includes some of the surviving musical fragments.
Elgar: Bernard Hepton, Alice: Anna Massey, Carice: Frances Jeater, Bernard Shaw: Denys Hawthorne, John Reith: Crawford Logan, Mase: Gareth Armstrong, Stanley Baldwin: John Rowe, Mountford: Malcolm Ward, Delius: John Evitts, Jelka: Margaret John, Billy Reed: David Timson, Landon Ronald/Father Gibb: James Taylor, Thompson/Gaisberg: Colin Pinney, Vera/Stenographer: Teresa Gallagher, Nurse: Niki Jenkins, Doctor/Engineer: Nicholas Boulton, Violin/Viola: Michael Schoaeld, Piano: Tony Sellors. Repeated from 6th March 1994. (On 14 December 1932, the BBC announced that it was commissioning a third symphony from Edward Elgar. The 75-year-old composer took up his pen with greater enthusiasm than at any time since his wife's death, but when his final illness struck in the autumn of 1933, the symphony was still in "bits and pieces".)

16th July 1995:
19.30 The Sunday Play: Ice in Wonderland
A second chance to hear Robin Thomson and Wendy Seager lead the cast in Robin Lloyd Jones 's original and remarkable play which won the Radio Times Drama Script Award in 1992. Aboard the good ship Argo, skippered by Captain Jeremiah Jonah Moses Smith, is a former actor and addicted gambler called Wall. His destination is the far northern town of Ophir, where darkness is perpetual and the sound of the blasting from the gold mines punctuates the daily lives of its inhabitants.
Director: Hamish Wilson, Wall: Robin Thomson, Lamentations: Wendy Seager, Captain Smith: Bob Docherty, Dingo: Bill Riddoch, Kabloona: Raymond Ross, Three Fingers: Paul Morrow, Mother Folly: Irene MacDougall, Saloon Girl: Amanda Whitehead, Sailors, Miners and Gamblers: Simon Christie Tony Cownie, Cathall Quinn, Tony Curran. Repeated from 24th April 1994.

23rd July 1995:
The Sunday Play: Moscow Stations
By Venedikt Yerofeyev , translated and dramatised for radio by Stephen Mulrine and starring Tom Courtenay. On a train journey of tears and laughter, the alcoholic hero, accompanied by angels and a sphinx and pursued by the four horsemen of Marxist- Leninist history, hurtles towards Petushki, where the birds are never silent day or night, where the jasmine never fails. And there, every Friday, at exactly 11 o'clock, that girl of mine, that flaxen-haired she-devil, meets me, on the station platform....
Music by Sergei Kuryokhin , Venedikt Yerofeyev: Tom Courtenay, Station announcer/Sphinx: Tina Marian, Angels: Siriol Jenkins, Angels: Tina Marian Angels: Mellnda Walker. Repeated from 7th July 1992.

30th July 1995
Summoned by Bells
The composer Albert Ketelby was described as "the undisputed king of light music of the British Isles". In the years between the wars, his successes with works like In a Monastery Garden and In a Persian Market made him a rich man. His music was heard everywhere - on the radio, at the cinema, on the bandstand. But little is known about Ketelby himself. Ken Russell presents a portrait of his life and music, drawing on the few surviving letters and the vast recorded legacy.
With John Turner as Albert Ketelby; other parts taken by Hetty Baynes and David Collings. Producer - Anthony Cheevers.

30th July 1995:
The Sunday Play: Waiting for Godot
Samuel Beckett 's play about two characters waiting for Godot - who never arrives. Indie - A Catherine Bailey production. Director: Peter Wood, Vladimir: Alan Howard, Estragon: Michael Maloney, Pozzo: Stratford Johns, Lucky: Simon Russell Beale, Boy: Tristan Moriarty. Narrations: Geraldine McEwan. Repeated from 4th September 1994. Also repeated on 5th September 1999.

5th August 1995:
Studio Three: Ho! Ho! The Clown Is Dead By Noiseless Blackboard Eraser, with Ken Campbell as the clown. Out-of-body fantasy and candid actuality meet in a collage of words and music. The fictional biography of a wayward and world-weary clown as remembered by his circus colleagues. Their anecdotes are based on the true stories of seven unusual individuals.
Music by Rohan Kriwaczek. Written and directed by Lance Dean. A Festival Radio production. Clown: Ken Campbell, The Gaffer: Ivor Rosaire, Lieutenant Mundau: Captain Sensible, Quango: Sunny Fossett, Isadora: Janz Illiacas, Sampson: Andrew Drummond-Hay, Carmen: Lady Alice Douglas, Gurty: Mitchell Martin.

6th August 1995:
The Sunday Play: H - a Hiroshima Story
Oda Makoto's novel weaves a web of relationships between the community surrounding the Nevada Desert Atomic Research Centre and the people of Hiroshima. The desert is also the sanctuary of an Indian tribe whose legend talks of the creation and destruction of the world. In a society gripped by war, young Indian Ron tries to listen to the message of the Spiderwoman.
Dramatised by Tina Pepler. Music by Trevor Allan Davies, Director Michael Fox, Ron: Matthew Dunster, Uncle Chuck: Burt Caesar, Joe: Paul Vaughan Evans, Will: Robert Whelan, Al: John Lloyd Fillingham, Mr Griggs: John Jardine, Peggy and Kyoko: Naomi Radcliffe, Susan and Kyoko: Kathryn Hunt, Tajiri: David Allister, Nakata and Sotuknang: Russel Dixon, Spiderwoman: Jennifer John, Larry: Martin Reeves, Laura: Saskia Downes, Kunie: Delia Corrie, Eul Sun: Carolyn Choi, Pok Cha: Heather Emanuel, KeiJi: Andrew Plumb, Tomio: Robert Crumpton.

12th August 1995:
Studio Three: Xango's Challenge
In Peter Kalu 's new play an ancient battle is played out through music, text and sound when two African Gods meet to fight again. Thunderous Xango, the God of Revenge, is determined to kill his rival, Ogun, God of Justice, and to avenge the legacy of slavery. But Ogun finds an unexpected ally in modern times.
Musicians Roy Johnson and Richard Bostock , Composer and musician Ansell Broderick , Director Nandita Ghose , Xango: Treva Etienne, Ogun: Jefferey Kissoon, Isobel: Emily Woof, Narrator: Joy Richardson, Chorus: Ann-Marie Frater, Diva: Una Higgins.

13th August 1995:
The Sunday Play: The White, the Gold and the Gangrene
By Terry Eagieton. James Connolly , a hero of the 1916 Easter Rising, lies in his cell awaiting his execution. His two jailers ransack 20th-century history to taunt him with the failures of nationalism and socialism. Will Connolly find a way of re-asserting his faith?
McDaid: Dan Gordon, Connolly: Jim Twaddle, Mather: David Gorry. Repeated from 6th February 1994.

19th August 1995:
Studio Three: Albion Tower
A massive tower block in Birmingham teeters on the edge of violence until name-calling, prejudice and intolerance erupt into a battle of music. Written by Max Hafler.
Music by Tom Nordon, Director Sue Wilson, Bill: Peter Jeffrey, Niall: James Ellis, Edison: Nicholas Bailey, Councillor Rock: Marc Finn, Bunty: Joyce Gibbs, Mary: Jillie Meers, Mr Patel: Kaleem Janjua, Mrs Patel: Shireen Shah, Radio Interviewer: Sunny Ormonde, The Gang: Alex Jones, Lorna Laidlaw, Lyndam Gregory, Rina Mahoney.

20th August 1995:
The Sunday Play: Before and After Summer
By Martyn Wade. A portrait of one of England's most underrated composers, Gerald Finzi (1901-1956). Poetry was often the inspiration for Finzi's elegiac and beautiful music, which captures the spirit of the English countryside. Having decided to become a composer at the age of 11, it was his marriage to a truly exceptional woman that gave him the confidence to pursue his chosen profession.
Clifford Benson (piano) , Theresa Finzi (violin) , Director Cherry Cookson , Unknown: Paul Jenkins, Howard Ferguson: Keith Drinkel, Gerald Finzi: Hugh Ross, Joy Finzi: Janet McTeer, Eliza Emma Finzi: Anna Massey, Young Finzi: Peter England, Ernest Farrar: David Collings, Vaughan Williams: Geoffrey Whitehead, Marion Scott: Tessa Worsley, Headmaster: John Turner, Village Woman: Zulema Dene. (The title is from a collection of poems by Thomas Hardy set to music by Finzi) [[Listed for 1995 but not the 1996 repeat, and with no parts attributed: Roger May. Patience Tomlinson. Ros Livingstone and Paul Jenkins. Also listed in 1995 but not 1996: Clifford Benson (piano) Theresa Finzi (violin) ]] [[ Theresa Finzi is the daughter of the son of Gerald Finzi - her mother was the sister of Jacqueline du Pre ]] Repeated 1st September 1996.

23rd August 1995:
Caspar Hauser
A dramatised performance of David Constantine 's new poem about Caspar Hauser , the mysterious "wild child" who appeared in Nuremberg in 1828 and was murdered five years later.
Music by David Owen Norris , Producer Elizabeth Burke, Narrator: Jack Klaff, Professor Daumer: Malcolm Ward, Clara: Fiona Shaw, Lord Stanhope: Edward Petherbridge. Repeated from 28th October 1994.

27th August 1995:
The Sunday Play: Animal Fun Park
David Caute 's epic vision of the progress of the animals and humans of Animal Farm through revolution and counter-revolution, mirroring the past 50 years of the rise and fall of communism.
Bertolt: Sean Barrett, The Tramp: Ian Masters, Cobber: David Ryall, Parlsey: Marcia Warren, Humphrey: Richard Kane, The Boy: Susan Sheridan, The Vicar: David Collings, Bonaparte: John Hartley, Sir Sam Yanko: Bob Sherman, Colonel Chpps: Geoffrey Whitehead, Squinter: David Timson, Mrs Pemberton: Jilly Bond, Luther/Gander X: Anton Phillips, Sartor: Andrew Branch, Mme Eager de Beaver: Natasha Pyne, Weigel: Becky Hindley, The Prince: Roger May, Nudge/Castor: Jonathan Keeble, Crasher: Ross Livingstone. Other parts played by members of the cast. Original music by Colin Sell , played by Colin Sell , Gonzalo Acosta and Andy Astle. Directed by David Hitchinson.

3rd September 1995:
The Sunday Play: The Rover
Aphra Behn 's sex comedy, first performed in 1677, one of the most popular plays of the Restoration by the first female professional playwright. In a Spanish colony during carnival, three sisters wander disguised through the streets in search of husbands, their aim to behave like men. Their meeting with a group of banished cavaliers leads to passion, intrigue and farce. Music by Stephen Warbeck. Musicians: Martin Winters, Neil Smith, Dai Pritchard, Akintayo Akenbode, Adam Carter, Simone Rebello. Willmore: Danny Webb, Hellena: Julia Ford, Florinda: Suzan Sylvester, Valeria: Juliet Aubrey, Angelica: Dona Croll, Belvile: Timothy Walker, Blunt: Trevor Cooper, Frederick: Louis Hilyer, Don Pedro: Burt Caesar, Don Antonio: Patrick O'Kane. Director: Kate Rowland . Other parts played by Melissa Sinden , Gillian Cally. Jonathan Coyne and John Griffin. Repeated from 22nd January 1995.

10th September 1995
21.45 The Sunday Play: Anowa
By Ama Ato Aidoo.
Set in the last century and based on an old Ghanaian legend, this powerful drama is the story of a young woman who ignores the advice of her family and marries the man she loves.
Director Pam Fraser Solomon . Anowa: Adjoa Andoh, Kofi Ako: Tony Armatrading, Old Woman: Jeillo Edwards, Old Man: Alextetteh Lartey, Osam: John Adewole, Badua: Juanita Waterman Ageh, Panyin Na Kakra: Humphrey and Stephen Tiigah.

16th September 1995:
Studio Three: Downheaval
By John Fleming , Radio 3's contribution to BBC Radio's 1995 Young Writers' Festival. A young Irishman in Paris hangs around tourist traps. When asked by sightseers to take their photo, he runs off with their cameras. Until a beautiful model proffers hers.... Talbot: Owen O'Neill, Model: Kate Hardie, Charlie: Al Hunter Ashton; other parts played by Paul Timson. Stephen Critchlow. Patience, Tomlinson, Andrew Branch , Roger May , John Hartley , Geoffrey Whitehead , Paul Jenkins , Sandra James Young , Tessa Worsley , Tracy Wiles , John Turner , Jilly Bond , Jonathan Keeble and Becky Hindley. Director Peter Kavanagh.

17th September 1995:
19.25 The Sunday Play: Death and the King's Horseman
By Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka , adapted for radio by Penny Gold 1944, Nigeria: a Yoruba king has died and the Prince of Wales has just arrived. Pilkings, a well-meaning colonial district officer, learns that this is the night when the king's horseman - the Elesin Oba - must follow his master by performing a ritual suicide. The consequences of Pilkings's intervention are more far-reaching than he could ever have imagined.
Elesin Oba: Cyril Ikechukwu Nri. Praise-Singer: Peter Badejo. Iyaloja: Claire Benedict, Simon Pilkings: Simon Robson, Jane Pilkings: Amanda Drew, Resident: George Raistrick, Sergeant Amusa: Femi Elufowoju Jnr, Olunde: Patrice Naiambana, Joseph: Ilario Bisi Pedro, Aide de Camp: Jonathan Keeble, Bride/Market girl: Toyin Fani-Kayode, Market women: Suana Aderin, Bola Aiyeola, Rosemary Dacosta, Jolade Pratt. Girls: Janice Acquah, Ganiat Kasumu. (Claire Benedict was in the 1990 British premiere in Manchester) Music by Peter Badejo . Director Alby James.

24th September 1995:
The Sunday Play: Richard III
By William Shakespeare. Radio Drama North in collaboration with Northern Broadsides Theatre Company bring Shakespeare's most famous antihero to life in a chilling and down-to-earth production. Barrie Rutter's brusque Yorkshire Richard III is a villain capable of the most refined cruelties as the Houses of York and Lancaster descend into spiralling violence. Richard: Barrie Rutter, Buckingham: Dave Hill, Hastings: Stephen Bent, Edward: Roy North, Clarence: Russell Dixon, Elizabeth: Ishia Bennison, Margaret: Polly Hemingway, Lady Anne: Sally George, Duchess: Elizabeth Estensen, Richmond: Conrad Nelson, Stanley: Andy Livingston, Murderer: Andy Wear, Murderer: Laurence Evans, Dorset: John Lloyd Fillingham, Music by Conrad Nelson. Musicians Conrad Nelson, Andy Weir and Laurence Evans. Director Kate Rowland. [ This play was recorded on 18th April 1994, a collaboration between Radio Drama North and the Northern Broadsides Theatre Company. A copy recording is held in the British Library Sound Archive ].

1st October 1995:
The Sunday Play: Victory (Choices in Reaction) by Howard Barker. Charles II has been reinstated, but the Bank of England and modern money are forming the new power. Meanwhile, the widow Bradshaw, searching for her dead husband's head, affirms a triumph of the human spirit in times of chaos.
Music: Elizabeth Parker, Director: Richard Wortley, Bradshaw: Juliet Stevenson, Scrope: Robert Glenister, Charles Stuart: Nicholas Le Prevost, Nodd: Charles Simpson, Devonshire: Samantha Bond, Ball: Nigel Anthony, McConochie: Peter Kenny, Cropper: Jane Whittenshaw, Hambro: John Rowe, Milton: Derek Waring, Clegg: David Collings, Other parts played by: Michael Tudor Barnes, Dominic Letts, Kristin Milward, Paul Gregory, Sean Barrett, Danny Schiller. Repeated 21st April 1996.

8th October 1995:
Drama Now: The Man in the Trees By Peter Jukes.
Starring Juliet Aubrey as Gabi, Henry Goodman as Zvi, Bernard Hepton as Adam and Miriam Karlin as Kasia. When an English company begins excavation work at a remote site in the Polish countryside, repeated sabotage suggests the site is not as unimportant as it seems. Gabi, a young liaison officer, meets the enigmatic Adam, with whom she uncovers a dark past....
Music by Malcolm Singer, Director Alby James , Gabi: Juliet Aubrey, Zvi: Henry Goodman, Adam: Bernard Hepton, Kasia: Miriam Karlin, Henek: Barry Farrimond, Ryan: Ian Masters, Jan MICHAEL: Tudor Barnes, Elzbieta: Eva Stuart, Viktor: Oliver Senton, Chairman of Tribunal: George Parsons, Samel Sabin: Derek Waring.

15th October 1995:
Drama Now: God's Locusts
Terry Eagleton 's new play looks at the Irish famine from the perspective of Whitehall. In his black comedy, opinions as to the cause of the famine vary: accident, God's design or an inconceivable disaster for which Britain itself must take some responsibility.
Director Pam Brighton , Hamish McClintock: Roger Lloyd Pack, William Smith O'Brien: Ian McElhinney, John Mitchell: Colum Convey, George Dainton: Dan Gordon, Molly Byrne: Farrell Fleming, Jane Elgee: Barbara Griffin, Nigel Creighton: Charlie Bonner, James Bracken: Mario Rosenstock.

22nd October 1995:
Drama Now: Wedding Rings and Space Suits
By Paul Badger. Cracks begin to appear in Ann's face. She can see scrap paper inside. A visit to a psychiatrist doesn't help - he's made of sand. Meanwhile, her husband has turned into a dog.
Music by Steve Brooke, Director Michael Fox , Ann: Amelia Bullmore, Dad: Keith Clifford, Mum: Valerie Lilley, Steve: Rod Arthur, Jade: Jane Cox, Dr Morris: John Jardine, Westminster Bridge: Kathryn Hunt, Big Ben: David Fleeshman.

29th October 1995:
Drama Now: David By Tina Pepler. Based on a true story, this is a traumatic and touching drama of bravery and faith, as a man struggles to recover from extensive brain damage. David is a carpenter. He is happily married with two small children and has a tendency to go sleepwalking. One night in his sleep he breaks a window and severs an artery in his arm. Doctors tell him it will have to be amputated, but his deeply religious wife, Susannah, refuses to give up hope. She makes a bargain with God and the arm is saved. True to Susannah's promise that her husband will be of service to God, David discovers a kind of faith and becomes a priest -just at the time that Susannah contracts cancer, putting his faith and family under tremendous strain. When she dies, David attempts to gas himself in his car, inflicting massage brain damage upon himself. The play documents his slow, but extraordinary, recovery, which was made possible only with the help and support of his two small children.
Other parts by Eric Allen , William Eedle , Cornelius Garrett. Andy Hockley and Sunny Ormonde. Director Shaun MacLoughlin , David: Jack Klaff, Susannah: Maureen O'Brien, Tom: Jones Berney, Jessica: Jessica Jones-Berney, Alice: Mary Wimbush, Ruth: Janet Dale, Mary: June Barrie, Elizabeth: Jenny Funnell, The Angel: Simon Carter. Repeated 22nd September 1996.

5th November 1995:
Drama Now: Shoot-Out at St David's By John Fletcher and Stan Hey. Mick Manic , "machine gun of wit", Liverpool's most successful comedian, is so traumatised by discovering a pile of corpses left in a cellar by his criminal brother that he loses the power of speech. Pursued by his brother across the Welsh hills, he seeks sanctuary at St David's.
Music by John Thomas , Director Shaun MacLoughlin , Mick Manic: Stephen McGann, Terry Manic: Neville Smith, Dog: Bill Monks, Angel: Carolyn Backhouse, McKenna: Richard Tate, Cato: Christian Rodska, Bames: Cornelius Garrett, Apparatchik: Bill Wallis, Big-Bollux: Ian Sanders, Mum: June Barrie, Young Mick: William Denys, Young Terry: Floriano Areal-Carter, Repeated 8th September 1996.

12th November 1995:
Drama Now: Sailing with Homer By Bernard Kops. A brilliant young poet is threatening to ruin his life through drug addiction. An older poet and academic comes to the rescue ...... or does he? Winner of the 1995 Writers' Guild Award for best original play.
Mervyn: Leo McKern, Jonathan: Michael Sheen, Adriana: Sheila Allen, Chloe: Rachel Joyce, Annabel: Elaine Claxton, Ben: Neville Jason, Sally: Eva Haddon, Sir Peter: John Evitts, Voices: David Jarvis. Repeated from 11th September 1994.

13th November 1995:
21.00 to 21.45
Lilliput By Jonathan Swift , dramatised in five parts by Simon Eastwood.
1: The Arrival. Gulliver finds himself on an island populated by the strangest people. Other parts played by David Antrobus . Deborah Berlin. Becky Hindley , Jonathan Keeble , Oliver Senton and Joshua Towb.
Music by Wilfredo Acosta, Director Glyn Dearman. Lemuel Gulliver: Peter Egan, with David Antrobus, Deborah Berlin., Becky Hindley, Jonathan Keeble, Oliver Senton, Joshua Towb.

14th November 1995:
21.30 to 21.45
Lilliput. By Jonathan Swift.
2: The Lilliputians. Gulliver is transported to the capital of Lilliput and meets the Emperor. For cast see yesterday.

15th November 1995:
Lilliput. By Jonathan Swift.
3: Customs and Exercise. Having made good progress at understanding and speaking the Lilliputian language, Gulliver has hopes of obtaining his liberty. For cast see Monday.

16th November 1995:
Lilliput By Jonathan Swift.
4: Blefuscu. Gulliver visits the island of Blefuscu and brings back a fleet of ships for the Emperor of Lilliput. For cast see Monday.

17th November 1995:
Lilliput By Jonathan Swift.
5: The Escape Gulliver learns of plots against him and makes plans to leave Lilliput. For cast see Monday.

19th November 1995:
A masque for Henry Purcell. Text by Ian Burton , sound composition by Ron Geesin. With Nicky Henson , Danny Maynard and Geoffrey Whitehead as Purcell's "voices".
Producer Piers Plowright. With Nicky Henson, Danny Maynard, Geoffrey Whitehead, Jane Whittenshaw, Zulema Dene, John Turner. Repeated on 11th September 1996.

19th November 1995:
The Sunday Play: The Beatification of Area Boy.
By Wole Soyinka.
Recorded in the presence of an audience.
Director Jude Kelly 's world premiere production for the West Yorkshire Playhouse is brought to national radio in association with BBC Radio Drama in London. Through a kaleidoscope of characters, startling imagery and satirical songs, Soyinka's play examines post oil boom Lagos, a city in conflict, and hints at a hopeful path for its future.
Music and songs by Wole Soyinka and Tunji Oyelana. Produced by Alby James and Jude Kelly. Sanda: Tyrone Huggins, Trader: Femi Elufowju Jr, Judge: Wale Ojo, Barber: Olawale Ogunyemi, Mama Put: Susan Aderin, Miseyi: Bow Aiyeola, Minstrel: Tunji Oyelana, with Makinde Adeniran, Stefan Butschi, Lilly Friedrich, Ombo Gogo Ombo , Miriam Keller, Roger Nydegger, Abayomi Obileye, Anthony Ofoegbu, Akin Oyewole, Victor Power, Olabisi Tuluwase, Alby James.

26th November 1995
19.30 to 22.40 with interval.
The Sunday Play: Don Quixote
Durfey's Don Quixote is a musical whose score is 300 years old. In a specially commissioned dramatisation of the work by Don Taylor , the original music of Eccles, Purcell and others is reconsidered in a fresh and illuminating version. [[Thomas D'Urfey (Tom Durfey) (1653 26 February 1723)]]
Don Quixote: Paul Scofield, Sancho Panza: Roy Hudd, Thomas Betterton: Roger Allam, Henry Purcell: Douglas Hodge, Thomas Durfey: Bill Wallis, Ambrosio: Peter Woodward, Carrasco: Peter Czajkowski, Duke: Sam Dastor, The Host: Tudor Barnes, The Hostess: Kristin Milward, with Derek Waring, Ian Masters, Jilly Bond, Michael Billington. Musicians: Consort of Musicke, City Waites [founded by Lucy Skeapimg], Lucy Skeaping (soprano), Purcell Simfony [Tessa Bonner, Catherine Bott and Sally Bruce Payne.], Additional music by Blaise Compton , Director: Don Taylor, Director: Anthony Rooley. [ Producer credited in 2009 repeat broadcast: Jeremy Mortimer ]. Milkmaid: Emma Kirkby (soprano), Marcella: Evelyn Tubb (soprano), Cardenio: David Thomas (bass), Gines: Doug Wootton (baritone). Repeated 22nd November 2009.

3rd December 1995:
Sunday Feature: The Roman Road
Novelist and screenwriter Frederic Raphael 's dramatisation of his own translation of one of Horace's Satires, recounting the poet's political pilgrimage to Brindisi. Joined by his patron Maecenas, Horace looks forward to greeting Octavian, soon to be the Emperor Augustus.
Producer Louise Greenberg, John Patrick Sullivan: Norman Rodway, Horace: Clive Panto, Maecenas: Jamie Glover, Virgil: Derek Daniels.

3rd December 1995:
The Sunday Play: My Dinner with Andre
By Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory , adapted for radio by Kerry Shale . Why should Wally be dreading an evening with his old friend Andre, the brilliant and extraordinary theatre director who first put one of Wally's plays on the stage?
Director Tracey Neale, Andre: Henry Goodman, Wally: Kerry Shale, Waiter: Joshua Towb. Repeated 22nd June 1997. [If the title rings a bell, there was a limited release film of this directed by Louis Malle in 1981/1982]] I'm putting a tag here 'Conspiracy Theory'; an excerpt from the film did the rounds on social media recently, and it keeps cropping up.

10th December 1995:
The Sunday Play: The Secret Life By Harley Granville Barker.
Set against a backdrop of political intrigue in the years immediately following the First World War, Evan Strowde 's long suppressed love for Joan Westbury is reawakened. But should he sacrifice personal happiness for public service?
Pianist Mary Nash. Recorded in association with the Royal National Theatre . Directed and adapted by Giles Croft . Stephen Serocold: James Laurenson, Evan Strowde: Ronald Pickup, Eleanor Strowde: Rowena Cooper, Joan Westbury: Brenda Blethyn, Lady Peckham: Rosemary Martin, Oliver Gauntlett: Jo Stone-Fewings, Mr Kittredge: Manning Redwood, Susan Kittredge: Helen McCrory, Dorothy Gauntlett: Rachel Atkins, Sir Leslie Heriot: John Baddeley, Lord Clumbermere: Barry J Gordon, Sir Geoffrey Salomons: Steve Hodson. First broadcast on Radio 4 on 31st May 1993.

17th December 1995:
The SundayPlay: The MerryWives of Windsor
By William Shakespeare , with music by Stephen Warbeck. The randy Falstaff is in hot pursuit of a brace of Windsor wives in this lively comedy of suburban lust.
With: Members of the Finchley Children's Music Group, Dave Laurence and Roger Montgomery (horns) , Michael Gregory (percussion) , Dai Pritchard (bombarde/clarinets). Director David Blount, Falstaff: Freddie Jones, Mistress Ford: Paula Wilcox, Mistress Page: Miriam Margolyes, Frank Ford: Clive Merrison, George Page: Geoffrey Whitehead, Mistress Quickly: Elizabeth Spriggs, Justice Shallow: David Collings, Abraham Slender: Peter Gunn, Sir Hugh Evans: Ioan Meredith, Doctor Caius: Nigel Anthony, Host of the Garter Inn: John Hartley, Fenton: Roger May, Anne Page: Tracy Wiles, Peter Simple/Robin: Andrew Branch, Unknown: Stephen Critchlow, Bardolph/John Rugby: Jonathan Keeble, Nym/John: David Timson. Repeated 5th October 1997.

24th December 1995:
The Sunday Play: The Tragical History of Dr Faustus
By Christopher Marlowe. A version of Marlowe's play by Sue Wilson. The year is 1537 and an inquiry is in progress into the events which led up to the horrifying death of Dr Faustus and the rumours of his pact with the Devil. Anthea Gomez's score creates a different vision of the hell which Mephostophiles can conjure.
Music by Anthea Gomez performed by the composer and Tim New. Director: Sue Wilson. Dr Faustus: Stephen Moore, Mephostophiles: Philip Voss, Robin, the clown: Barrie Rutter, Old man: Maurice Denham, Lucifer: John Hollis, Bad Angel: Michael Tudor Barnes, Good Angel: Teresa Gallagher, Wagner/Wrath/Sir Rudolf: David Thorpe, The Emperor/Covertness/Ralph: Lawrence Evans, Valdes/Vintner/Pride: John Webb, Beelzebub/Gluttony: Jill Graham, She-Devil Wife/Lechery: Liza Sadovy, Comelius/Scholar: David Monico, Advocate: Keith Drinkel, Pope/Sloth/Scholar: John Fleming, Envy: Lorna Laidlaw, Horse Courser/Scholar: John Baddeley, Archbishop/Scholar: John Evitts. Repeated from 13th June 1993. (The 1990 broadcast play was a repeat of an earlier 1970 production)

[end of 1995]

Thanks to Stephen Shaw for compiling the entries, and to Alison for doing the coding.

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