Martin Sorrell is Professor of French Poetry & Literary Translation at University of Exeter. He has published many books and articles in his field, and is a prize-winning translator of French poetry. He has published translations of Moliere plays for Nick Hern Books. Details of his radio plays are below:
Asterisked plays known to exist in VRPCC collections
Notes on the plays, supplied by Martin:
1. "Never Mind, I Stopped my Train!" Directed by Martin Jenkins. With Martin Jarvis. (A dramatisation of heroic action by two enginemen on a Great Western Railway train in 1898. A true story, involving my own great-grandfather).
2. "Trapped" Directed by Martin Jenkins. (Dramatisation of the Theatre Royal Exeter fire of 1887, in which 180 or so died, and which led to compulsory Safety Curtains in all theatres).
Both above plays were part of "Who Sings the Hero?" series.
3. "Mary, Mary" Directed in Bristol by Sara Davies. With Lucy Briers. (The events of Pride & Prejudice as misinterpreted by one of the Bennett daughters, who thinks all men, Darcy and Bingley included, were really in love with her).
All these plays were picked up by many national dailies in their preview slots. "Mary, Mary" in particular was featured, and was also included in Radio 4's Pick of The Week. The BBC Listener's Panel gave it a top rating of 75.
A note from Martin Sorrell
Why I write: I find radio drama -- at its best, and there is some disappointing writing accepted -- as powerful as any stage drama. For me, the attraction is that all the dramatic power, tension, reversals and resolution have to be achieved by words. It's so much a medium for the writer, in an exact sense. Particularly, I am drawn by the dramatic tension that exists between an outside reality and a private, "unspoken" one, often inside the mind of characters. The monologue and soliloquy therefore seem to me particularly distinctive building-blocks of radio drama. Radio can voice the unvoiced in a way virtually no other medium can. "Mary Mary" was about an outside world and an individual's inside re-interpretation of it. My new play (about Ezra Pound) will be about the contrast between one character's inner lucidity and his inability to convey sense to anyone.
Martin Sorrell, 2002
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