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HENRY V (LISTEN NOW ON BBC DRAMA ON 3–LINK BELOW) ·

Henry V

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by William Shakespeare

A new production of Shakespeare’s hugely popular history play.

As King Henry’s ambitions lead him to invade France, he finds himself facing daunting challenges, battling to win not only the throne but the hearts and minds of his followers. Henry soon discovers, for all his fine words, that an imperfect world can call for imperfect actions.

The Chorus/Alice ….. Penelope Wilton
King Henry ….. Ben Lloyd-Hughes
Exeter ….. Nicholas Farrell
Fluellen/Bedford ….. Steffan Rhodri
Westmoreland/Governor of Harfleur …. Roger Ringrose
PIstol/Grey ….. Lloyd Hutchinson
Nym/Cambridge ….. Ben Crowe
Bardolph/Scroop …. Ewan Bailey
Hostess ….. Jessica Turner
The Boy ….. Billy Jenkins
King of France/Bishop of Ely ….. Steve Toussaint
The Dauphin/Williams ….. Luke Newberry
Katharine ….. Freya Mavor
The Constable/York ….. John Lightbody
Orleans/Bates/French soldier ….. Charlie Anson
Montjoy/Gloucester/Messenger ….. Ian Dunnett Jnr
Canterbury/Erpingham ….. MIchael Bertenshaw
Burgundy/Salisbury ….. Nicholas Murchie

Chorister, George B of The King’s School, Gloucester and Gloucester Cathedral Choir
Music composed by Jon Nicholls
Production Co-ordinator, Ben Hollands
Technical Producers, Peter Ringrose and Ali Craig
Director, Sally Avens

 

‘LYSISTRATA’ (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 4–IN OUR TIME–DISCUSSION PROGRAM) ·

‘LYSISTRATA’

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In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aristophanes’ comedy in which the women of Athens and Sparta, led by Lysistrata, secure peace in the long-running war between them by staging a sex strike. To the men in the audience in 411BC, the idea that peace in the Peloponnesian War could be won so easily was ridiculous and the thought that their wives could have so much power over them was even more so. However Aristophanes’ comedy also has the women seizing the treasure in the Acropolis that was meant to fund more fighting in an emergency, a fund the Athenians had recently had to draw on. They were in a perilous position and, much as they might laugh at Aristophanes’ jokes, they knew there were real concerns about the actual cost of the war in terms of wealth and manpower.

With Paul Cartledge AG Leventis Senior Research Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge

Sarah Miles Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University

And James Robson Professor of Classical Studies at the Open University

Producer: Simon Tillotson

LUCILLE FLETCHER: ‘SORRY, WRONG NUMBER’—DIRECTED BY GARRY HYNES, A DRUID AND RTÉ RADIO DRAMA ON ONE CO-PRODUCTION (LISTEN NOW) ·

Sorry, Wrong Number

A Druid and RTÉ Radio Drama On One co-production
Written by Lucille Fletcher

‘I’m calling to report a murder.’

Described by Orson Welles as ‘the greatest single radio script ever written’, Sorry, Wrong Number is a whip-smart radio thriller set in 1940s New York.

Tony Award winner Marie Mullen leads the cast playing a woman who overhears a murder plot on the telephone.

The other actors lending their voice talents to this all-star Irish ensemble are Andrew Bennett, Venetia Bowe, Peter Daly, Brian Doherty, Seán McGinley, Rory Nolan and Helen Norton.

Druid takes to the national airwaves for the first time, partnering with RTÉ Radio Drama On One, for this short, sharp and wicked slice of New York noir.

Sorry, Wrong Number is a Druid at Home presentation and was first broadcast on Sunday 29 August 2021 on RTÉ Radio 1.

Join the conversation: #SorryWrongNumber #DruidAtHome


How to Listen

Sorry, Wrong Number is now available to listen to on demand on the Drama On One website.

You can also find it on the Drama On One podcast by searching ‘Drama On One’ on your podcast app.

Running time: 30 mins approx.


In the Wings

After recording Sorry, Wrong Number, some of the company sat down with the RTÉ Drama On One team to chat about the play as well the history of Druid and their careers to date in a segment called In the Wings.

Listen to director Garry Hynes and actors Brian Doherty, Seán McGinley and Marie Mullen on the RTÉ Drama On One website.

You can also listen to In the Wings on the RTÉ Drama On One podcast by searching ‘Drama On One’ on your podcast app.


Image: Julia Monard

Credits

CAST

  • Andrew Bennett
  • Venetia Bowe
  • Peter Daly
  • Brian Doherty
  • Seán McGinley
  • Marie Mullen
  • Rory Nolan
  • Helen Norton

CREATIVES

  • Director Garry Hynes

RTÉ DRAMA ON ONE

  • Sound Supervision Ruth Kennington
  • Series Producer Kevin Reynolds

SHELAGH DELANEY AND HER LANDMARK 1958 PLAY, ‘A TASTE OF HONEY’ ·

(from the London Review of Books.

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‘NO, I’M NOT GETTING MARRIED!’:  SUSAN PEDERSEN AND JOANNA BIGGS ABOUT SHELAGH DELANEY AND HER LANDMARK 1958 PLAY, A TASTE OF HONEY

Susan Pedersen talks to Joanna Biggs about Shelagh Delaney and her landmark 1958 play, A Taste of Honey.

Image shows Rita Tushingham and Dora Bryan in A Taste of Honey (1961), directed by Tony Richardson (PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo).

The first two clips in this episode are from the 1961 film, the third clip is from The White Bus (1967) directed by Lindsay Anderson, and the fourth clip is from a 1959 interview with Delaney for ITN.

 

PHYLLIS WHEELER INTERVIEW ON “THE LONG SHADOW” ·

Author Phyllis Wheeler talks to Bob Shuman, at Marit Literary Agency and Stage Voices, about her YA novel The Long Shadow, a Huckleberry Finn story for the 21st century.

A white suburban, contemporary 14-year-old moves from racism to empathy as he travels through time. He is saved from hypothermia by a black man, and then, finding himself in 1923, works to prevent the lynching of the black man’s grandfather.

Praise for The Long Shadow

“A book that can make a difference . . . a good history lesson without being offensive to anyone.  I like the friendship that blossomed in the story. . . .”–LaShaunda Hoffman, author of Building Online Relationships and also publisher of SORMAG, Shades of Romance Magazine, the award-winning online magazine for readers and writers of multi-cultural literature (sormag.blogspot.com)

“Full of interesting characters . . . [The Long Shadow has] heart, humor, and a great overall theme. . . . Complex subject matter, woven into enjoyable fantasy. . .”–John HendrixNew York Times bestselling illustrator and author of many children’s books, including Shooting at the Stars and John Brown: His Fight for Freedom 

Wheeler runs her own editorial firm in St. Louis and has written for daily newspapers, been a deacon, and worked on airplanes as an engineer. 

Phyllis Wheeler, phylliswheeler.com
Bob Shuman, BobJShuman@gmail.com

 

HAROLD PINTER: ‘THE BIRTHDAY PARTY’ (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 3–LINK BELOW) ·

HAROLD PINTER: ‘THE BIRTHDAY PARTY’ 

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The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
Stanley, an erstwhile pianist lives in a dingy seaside boarding house run by Meg and Petey. He is comfortable there, like a surrogate son. Two sinister strangers turn up – Goldberg and McCann. They claim to know him from the past. They turn Stanley’s birthday party into a menacing and terrifying encounter. Franz Kafka meets Donald McGill in Pinter’s iconic comedy of menace.

Stanley ….. Toby Jones
Goldberg ….. Henry Goodman
McCann ….. Stephen Rae
Meg ….. Maggie Steed
Petey ….. Peter Wight
Lulu ….. Jaime Winstone

Director/Producer Gary Brown

An Irishman and a Jew walk into a seaside boarding house. And what? A parable about power and persecution? Or maybe it’s marginalised minorities taking their revenge against seedy Albion? Pinter’s slippery and sly black comedy has a huge resonance for today.

Harold Pinter was one of the writers championed by the Third Programme – and in the late 1950s commissioned one of his early plays before he had his first stage hit. Pinter himself acknowledged the role the Third had had in his own cultural education. For the 70th anniversary, Drama on 3 presents a new production of The Birthday Party, now considered a Pinter classic, but which on its first London opening only lasted a week.

Photo: BBC Radio 3

 

EDITH WHARTON: ‘THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT’ (HER NEWLY DISCOVERED PLAY–LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 3) ·

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World premiere of a newly discovered play by Edith Wharton from 1901, starring Phoebe Fox, Francesca Annis, Paul Ready, David Horovitch and Don Gilet.

Introduced by Laura Rattray, Reader in American Studies, University of Glasgow
Adapted for radio by Melissa Murray
Directed by Emma Harding

Long before she achieved fame with her novel, ‘The Age of Innocence’, Edith Wharton wrote a number of plays. But they were all believed lost until two academics, Laura Rattray and Mary Chinery, discovered the complete manuscript of ‘The Shadow of a Doubt’ in 2017. Wharton’s play – which pivots on the issue of assisted suicide – was about to be staged in New York in early 1901, before the production was abandoned for unknown reasons.

Kate, a former nurse, has recently married above her class to John Derwent, whose first wife Kate had nursed following an horrific accident. But others are suspicious of Kate’s social ascent. And others have knowledge that could destroy her.

Kate Derwent…..Phoebe Fox
John Derwent…..Paul Ready
Sylvia Derwent…..Rosie Boore
Lord Osterleigh…..David Horovitch
Lady Uske…..Francesca Annis
Dr Carruthers…..Don Gilet
Clodagh Nevil…..Alexandra Constantinidi
Bobby Mazaret…..Cameron Percival
Footman…..Lewis Bray
Mrs Fullerton…..Emma Handy

Photo: WBUR

SIMON CALLOW ON:  MICHEÁL MACLIAMMÓIR AND HILTON EDWARDS ·

The Love that Wrote Its Name

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In 1969 while the actor was performing his one man show in Belfast, a young Simon Callow was Micheál MacLiammóir’s dresser. Callow pays tribute to the 50 year relationship of Micheál MacLiammóir and his partner Hilton Edwards, who were the founders of Dublin’s influential Gate Theatre. Simon Callow is an actor, musician, writer, and theatre director. Part of Gay Britannia, a season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which decriminalised homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21. Writer: Simon Callow Reader: Simon Callow Producer: Simon Richardson.

 

STILL DREAMING: SHAKESPEARE WITH SENIORS (SHAKESPEARE UNLIMITED) ·

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(via Pam Green)

In 2011, Ben Steinfeld and Noah Brody, co-directors of New York’s Fiasco Theater, were invited to an assisted living facility and nursing home just outside New York City to work with its residents on a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Because it was the Lillian Booth Actors Home—a facility filled with retired singers, actors, dancers and musicians—Ben and Noah expected to work with a group of seasoned Broadway professionals. While there were some, the cast they finally assembled was largely anything but. Ben and Noah were invited on this adventure by filmmakers Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson, who turned the process into a documentary called Still Dreaming. We talk about the experience with Ben Steinfeld and Hank Rogerson.

Hank Rogerson is a filmmaker who, with Jilann Spitzmiller, produced Still Dreaming. Ben Steinfeld is co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater. He co-directed, with Noah Brody, the Lillian Booth Actors Home’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hank and Ben are interviewed by Barbara Bogaev.

PATERSON JOSEPH: JULIUS CAESAR AND ME  (FOLGER, SHAKESPEARE UNLIMITED) ·

(from the Folger Shakespeare Library; via Pam Green.)


 Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 98

In 2012 the Royal Shakespeare Company staged the first-ever, high-profile, all-black British Shakespeare production, Julius Caesar, set in Africa. The actor who played Brutus, Paterson Joseph, recently wrote a book about the experience called Julius Caesar and Me: Exploring Shakespeare’s African Play.

Paterson Joseph in Julius Caesar. Photo by Kwame Lestrade © RSC

On this podcast episode, he also talks about his early work, his thoughts about race in the British theater, about the proper way to play Brutus, and much more. Paterson Joseph is interviewed by Barbara Bogaev.

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