The Vertical Hour
by David Hare

BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3

Broadcast: Sunday 25th May 2008 @ 8:00 p.m.

Nadia Blye knows exactly what her stance is on Iraq. A former war reporter and professor of International Relations at Yale, she has advised the President and seen action in Sarajevo and Baghdad. She is sure of her place in the world and her opinion of it – until, that is, she meets an equally opinionated and lethally charming man, her boyfriend's father, over a weekend in Shropshire. His intervention has far-reaching consequences for them all.

David Hare's play pits personal philosophies against global politics and premièred on Broadway in 2006. It also made its UK première at the Royal Court earlier this year. This BBC Radio 3 production stars the same cast which appeared at the Royal Court.

With Joseph Kloska [Dennis Dutton], Anton Lesser [Oliver Lucas], Wunmi Mosaku [Terri Scholes], Tom Riley [Philip Lucas], and Indira Varma [Nadia Blye].

Original music composed by Nick Powell

Directed by Jeremy Herrin

Produced by Catherine Bailey

100 min.


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