Ian Weir is really a writer for television, but he wrote a number
of radio plays early in his career. He was a radio playwright for
CBC and BBC, then he wrote for the stage. He was then approached by Phil
Keating, head of CBC Television, who was looking for new writers for
the regional anthology series "Lives from Lotus Land". He also
worked on teen soap operas, limiting the cast to teen unknowns.
A highly stylised version of the
Oedipus story; a Western in the style of a Greek tragedy, and
a wonderful piece of radio. It even has a Greek chorus. Details:
broadcast R3, December 84, 55m, Bruce Boer as Marshal Prestridge,
Bob Sherman as Adam Shand, Brian Michael as Liberty Shand, Blaine
Fairman as Justin Lawrence, Keith Edwards as Deputy Marshal Gimball,
David March as the Ancient Indian. Squint was played by Cyril Shaps
, Doc Halloran by Alan Tilvern, Old Barley by Robert Henderson,
Silas Weathervane by Ed. Bishop, Widow Wentworth by Gladys
Spencer, Twitchell by William Hope, and Burlap by Mark Rolleston.
The music was composed and conducted by Philip Pickett, and played
by Imogen Barford, Stephen Henderson, Melinda Maxwell and David
Roach. Directed by Glyn Dearman.
BBCR3, 8/8/86(org 1984), 70min Arthurian legend
Asterisked plays known to exist in VRPCC collections.
If you know of other radio plays by this writer,
please contact the site.
Ian Weir website with radio plays list: http://www.ianweir.net/drama.html
Nigel Deacon / Diversity Website
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