David Calcutt was born in Wednesbury, West Midlands, in 1950, and now lives in Walsall. He taught in schools for ten years, then was a Community Arts Director for three years. He is now a freelance playwright and storyteller. The main influences on his work are myth and folk-tale. "Those ancient myths have provided us with some of our greatest works of literature, art, music and theatre...."
David's website is at
The titles of his radio plays and adaptations are shown below; dates shown where known:
Paper Doll (tmt)
Detention (aft) ,1984
The glass snowstorm (schs)
Dear Mr. Henshall (schs)
Two donkeys and a bridge (schs)
The Bogeyman (m)
The Island of Doctor Moreau (snt)
The Singing Head (schs)
Prometheus and Pandora (sch)
Kingdon of crows and carrion* (sp)
Walker in the night (sp)
The daughter of the sea (aft)
The otherworld child *(aft), 1995
Over sea, under stone* (cs)
The last of the Mohicans (cls)
No man* (sp) 1996
The Dark is Rising* (cs)
The bull beneath the earth* (ap), 2000
The last of England*(ap), 2003
The return of the native (dram, cs) 3 x 55m, 2005
*known to exist in collections within VRPCC
tmt=thirty minute theatre
schs=bbc schools serial
snt=saturday night theatre
Information supplied by David Calcutt and used by permission
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE....2005
Thomas Hardy, dram. D. Calcutt. With David Calder, Emma Fielding, Adam
Godley, Timothy Watson, Annette Badland, Cathy Sara, Ben Crowe, Gerry
Hinks, Stephen Tomlin, Martin Reeve, Oliver Hembrough, Sunny Ormonde,
Ben Tibber, Martyn Read. Prod. Rosemary Watts. R4 2 Jul 05.
THE LAST OF ENGLAND....2003
R4, 1415, 20 Jan 03. Story based on a painting. An artist and his wife leave England for
a better future in Australia, the new 'classless' society. The dramatic action of the play is
interspersed with comments about the picture.
OVER SEA, UNDER STONE....1997
4 30-minute episodes beginning 11 May 97. An excellent thriller
with its roots in Arthurian legend, set in modern times. Written for
children's R4, but exciting and well-cast.
by David Calcutt. Directed in Manchester by Kate Rowland. 17 Nov 96, 22:00-23:30, Radio 3, Drama Now.
On the island kingdom of Ithaca lives the ageing Odysseus and his
daughter Nausikaa. Afraid of no man, Odysseus is haunted by one
vision - that of death itself. Believing himself to be invincible, he
is only brought face to face with his final adversary through the
skill and determination of a blind poet and a young scholar, 500
Alun Armstrong as Odysseus, Lena Headey as Nausikaa, and a cast
featuring Oscar James, Patrick Robinson, John Padden, Martin Reeve,
Kathryn Hunt, Mary Cunningham and John Jardine.
Music composed and performed by John Themis and Sugar Hajishacalli.
(.....thanks to Greg Linden of 'radiofans' for this information..... )
THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU.....c1992
Dramatisation of the well-known horror story by H.G. Wells.
90m, Saturday Night Theatre.
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