Matthew Sweet presents a sequence of radio plays by Samuel Beckett, with Stephen Rea and Ian McKellen. Recorded in binaural sound and first broadcast as part of Radio 3’s 70th season.
Like no other dramatist, Beckett’s works capture the pathos and irony of modern life.
In the decade following the success of Waiting for Godot (1952), Samuel Beckett wrote some of his most absorbing work for radio, including the BBC's Third Programme. These plays are suffused with a musicality which, though evident in his novels, poetry and plays, is particularly remarkable in this medium. They are concerned with human isolation and the frailty of memory and communication.
With the exception of the monologue FROM AN ABANDONED WORK, the plays can be heard in binaural surround sound. Just wear your headphones.
The plays give a great insight into the development of Beckett’s style and into his approach to sound. Increasingly different in tone and conception from his stage work, the radio plays become more abstract as characters become less individualised and more representative.
FROM AN ABANDONED WORK performed by Stephen Rea
ROUGH FOR RADIO 1
ROUGH FOR RADIO 2
WORDS AND MUSIC
Music composed and directed by Roger Goula
Music performed by
Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane
Matthew Sweet with a sequence of radio plays by Samuel Beckett, with Ian McKellen.
Series of drama performances, ranging from experimental works to the Classics