Post by Marie Griffiths on Oct 12, 2020 23:12:22 GMT
30 lost including one by a black writer. I was too young ti fully appreciate them at the time but remember them as being better drama than what you see today. Lots of insights into the making of theses gems. I think BBC 4 should screen more of them.
A lot of things are currently coming out of the archives.
Hacker: You said you'd heard this rumour, I said is it true, you said yes! Bernard: I said yes, it was true that it was a rumour. Hacker: You said you heard it was true! Bernard: No, I said it was true that I heard it!
Post by Marie Griffiths on Oct 17, 2020 13:50:24 GMT
Does the discussion on Penda's Fen exist in the archives? I am fascinated by Rudkin's work. he is self referential and his other play Artemis 81 is almost in the same world as Penda's Fen? "What most frustrates me now is that I distinctly remember an announcement after the film that Rudkin would be discussing the drama in a following program. Given the BBC’s negligent handling of its output there’s no guarantee that this studio discussion has survived." www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2010/03/22/pendas-fen-by-david-rudkin/
Post by Peter Stirling on Oct 20, 2020 9:27:13 GMT
First known as 'The Wednesday Play' there is even less of these surviving of the taped versions.
However director Ken Loach appears to have kept his own copies of his plays and has put them up on You Tube.
Now Ken is not everyone's cup of tea because of his political leanings, but if you can ignore the political ques he usually does tell a good story.
I put a link below to one broadcast in 1965, as I was astonished the work that obviously went into it for what would be regarded as cheap 'here today gone tomorrow' play on a wet Wednesday night.
Don't be put off by the umbrella Wednesday Play titles they are crazy and meaningless.
Once you get into the play it goes off on a tangent and I found it sweet and delightful..sort of Alice in Wonderland in suburbia. The girl in it appears not to have acted again but this a marvelous record of her one performance.