In a Grove
by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

BBC Radio 4: The Classic Serial

Broadcast: Sunday 19th March 2000 @ 3:00 p.m.

The setting is 10th century feudal Japan as a police commissioner is involved in an extraordinary murder investigation. Who killed the young samurai warrior from Kyoto? Why does every witness have a different story to tell? If one cannot determine which version of a story - if any - is truthful, then determining guilt is impossible. For Police Comissioner Akutagawa, the contradictory confessions of the characters warns against mistaking the apparent sincerity of their experiences for truthfulness.

A classic tale about a murder investigation which becomes an examination of the nature of confession and truth.

Adaptation by Kevin Fegan of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's 1922 short story, "In a Grove" ("Yabu no naka").

With Gerard Murphy [Police Comissioner Akutagawa], Jack Davenport [Takejiro], Natascha McElhone [Masago], Andrew Schofield [Tajomaru], Noreen Kershaw [The Old Hag], Russell Dixon [The Buddhist Priest], John Henshaw [The Policeman], and Parvez Qadir [The Woodcutter].

The music was composed by Clive Bell and played by Clive Bell and Sylvia Hallett.

Directed by Melanie Harris in Manchester.

60 minutes.


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