David Napthine Radio Plays

David Napthine lives in County Durham and is an actor and writer. His work for BBC Radio Drama includes Ecce Homo, A Suit of Lights, Act of Faith, Unforgettable, The Recall Man (a series of four plays) and The Glasgow Climbing Club. He has also written six plays for BBC Radio Schools and a six-part comedy series Katmandu or Bust for BBC Radio Light Entertainment.

He work for theatre includes Tess, Strays, Stink, Act of Faith, Set in Stone, Quartet, Deep and Dazzling Darkness, The Good Works and The Hit.

He has collaborated with artists from different disciplines including dance, video, visual artists, music, magic, variety. Playing for Time, the story of an episode in J.S. Bach's life, combines theatre with live music on viola da gamba and harpsichord.

He explores unusual avenues for writing, often with other artists. This has resulted in Alchemy, a mixed-media touring installation in a caravan; Tempus Fugit, an exploration of time; Web Walkers , an installation in a school; and Elevation, created with young people to accompany the theatre production.

His television work includes Thoughtfully for Channel 4 and contracts for Tyne Tees TV, Zenith North and Carlton. He has also worked as a researcher on The Friday Alternative for Channel 4 and A Man's World for BBC2.

He has created work in a number of forms for community organisations and schools including Equal Arts, West Cumbria Youth Service, Living History and Sunderland Education. He has also worked in schools, colleges, nurseries and hospitals.

16.03.01 Ecce Homo - Behold the Man
10.06.01 A Suit of Lights
date nk Act of Faith
date nk Unforgettable
2003 The Recall Man (4 plays)
date nk The Glasgow Climbing Club (c2004?)
2005 The Recall Man (3 plays)
date nk Six plays for BBC Radio Schools
Katmandu or Bust (6 x 30m comedy series)


A Suit of Lights....2001
Interesting play about the bullfighter Ignacio Sanchez Mejias and the poet Lorca, who wrote a lament on his death. R4, 27 Jun 01, 45m.

Ecce Homo- Behold the Man ....2001
A hilarious play about Birmingham, "City of Thought", and the appointment of a philosopher-in-residence. The trouble is, he has a mind of his own. R4, Friday play, 55m.

The Recall Man (1)....2003
24 Oct 03; scientist Grace Hayle and her boss were working alone in the laboratory. Now he's dead and she's the only suspect in a murder case. She claims to have no memory of what happened and there's little evidence to go on. An expert in "recovered memory" attempts to uncover the truth. With Jeremy Swift, Rosie Cavaliero, Carolyn Pickles, Colin MacLachlan, Paul Brennen and Sue Scott Davison. Director Toby Swift.

The Recall Man (2)....2003
31 Oct 03; a diver suddenly remembers what he thinks was a murder. Psychologist Joe Aston must try to make sense of his confused memory of that night. When the case reaches court, they both face tough sessions in the witness box. With Jeremy Swift, Paul Brennen, Andrew Harrison, James Gaddas, and Elizabeth Carling. Director Toby Swift.

The Recall Man (1)....2005
"Taken by Surprise" - A man is abducted and released only when his employer pays the ransom. As he continues his work with the Teeside police, Joe Aston resorts to unorthodox methods to get a positive identification of the main suspect. R4 26 Sep 05 1415. With Jeremy Swift, Paul Brennen, Janet Dibley, Andrew Dunn. Dir. Toby Swift.

The Recall Man (2)....2005
"Can't see for looking" - A witness to an arson attack thinks she saw a rhinocerous throwing a petrol bomb. Joe Aston, a specialist in recovered memory, tries to discover what she really saw. With Jeremy Swift, Paul Brennen, Janet Dibley, Sharon Percy. Dir. Mary Peate. R4 3 Oct 05. 1415.

The Recall Man (3)....2005
"Best Forgotten" - Forensic pathologist Joe Aston uncovers information about an unsolved robbery many years ago. But it's Joe's elderly uncle and his friend who are implicated. This episode was written by Steven Chambers. R4, 10 Oct 05, 1415.

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