Hippomania [Drama On 3]

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20060910Hippomania

By Snoo Wilson.

With Laurence Olivier preparing to film the patriotic epic Henry V in neutral Ireland during the Second World War, and the poet John Betjeman attracting the suspicious attentions of the IRA, it is a heady time in Dublin.

Snoo Wilson's astonishing fantasia that springs from real events in Betjeman's life conjures up Nazis, assassins and fairies - as the poet wanders blithely through seats of power, pubs and a cemetery.

John Betjeman....Anthony Calf

Penelope....Anastasia Hille

Edna....Patricia Leventon

Sir Oswald Mosley....Andrew Woodall

Diana Mosley....Victoria Woodward

Betterton/Lord Powerscourt....Ian Masters

Officer, MI6/Sweeney....Owen Sharpe

Susan Hilton....Katherine Igoe

James Blair/Declan....Stephen Hogan

Dannan....Renee Weldon

Bridy....Aoife McMahon

Titannicus....Gerard Murphy

Eammon de Valera/MacNamara....John Rogan

Laurence Olivier....Nicholas Boulton

Olawalu....Jimmy Akingbola

Princess Sobietska....Ndidi del Fatti

Conor....Andrew Scott

Guy Burgess....Tam Williams

Evelyn Waugh....Snoo Wilson

Music direction by Jay Owen.

Director Ned Chaillet.