No biographical details yet; please email if you would like to contribute. I would also be interested to hear if you have information about the plays; I have only heard a handful of them.
On the whole..................... Radio Dramas that exploit its similarities to screen drama are a more interesting technical proposition. Here’s a whole scene from Ken Blakeson’s army wives drama Excess Baggage:
DENNY: Three Bedrooms, Sarge?
SERGEANT: Yes, three bedrooms ...
DENNY: But I put in for two …
SERGEANT: Well you got three, didn’t you! Three beds, one bath, one reception, one dining, one hall and one shithouse…you!
then cuts like a camera from parade ground, to bedroom, to pub, and back,
rapidly interweaving the stories of several army families. This ‘cinematic’
approach need not be confined to gritty realism. In The Falklands Play
Ian Curteis inter-cuts seamlessly between
FAMOUS LAST WORDS....1985
14 Jan 85.90m. A man wishes to commit suicide, on TV. Now very relevant in the light of the Terry Pratchett TV programme on assisted suicide (Jun 2011).
Arthur is a person who never speaks; he lives in an old people's home. His 'angel' is another elderly resident who wants to look after him. 13 Sep 84. No casting details but the 'angel' sounds like Patricia Hayes. 45m.
With Jason Littler, June Barry. Afternoon Theatre. 4 Jul 84.
A FINE EDGE....1984
31 Jan 84. With Geoffrey Hinsliff, Ian Sharrock, Geoffrey Banks. Afternoon Theatre.
With Ray Mort, Paul Webster, James Tomlinson.
With Brigit Forsyth, Brian Southwood, Anne Cunningham, Tim Preece. 2 Jul 81.
OVER THE POINTS....1981
15 May 81. By Ken Blakeson/Dave Simpson. With John Webb, Karen Archer. Afternoon Theatre.
26 Mar 81. With Malcolm Hebden, Rosalind Ayres, Susan Tracy, Martin Jarvis. Afternoon Theatre.
By Ken Blakeson & Dave Simpson. With Gwen Taylor, Russell Dixon.
A LONG WEEKEND....1980
With Christian Rodska, Eve Karpf. 25 Jul 80. Afternoon Theatre.
THE MAÑANA MAN....1980
18 Apr 1980. Afternoon Theatre. With Russell Dixon / Geoffrey Banks.
DOWN CAME A BLACKBIRD....1977
27 Oct 77. With Geoffrey Banks, Dave Hill, John Jardine, Christian Rodska. Afternoon Theatre.
compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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