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0120100527Period drama by Michael Eaton and Neil Brand.
At the turn of the twentieth century two vaudevillians - one Irish, the other Jewish - are trying to achieve success as Music Hall double act Cohen and Cohan, when they find themselves bitten by the bug of cinematography at the birth of film.
Performing in the small halls of London's poverty stricken East End, both would consider themselves to be loyal sons of the British Empire.
Above all, they believe that laughter and song can bring different folk together.
Though their act is popular in the East End, they have their sights set on the big time.
A chance meeting leads them down a path of new technology, performing their act for the new Edison phonograph, recording comic turns and melodramatic scenes.
But the flickers are a whole new territory, and Danny and Manny learn the hard way that this new form means big business to the people calling the shots.
Manny Cohen - Simon Schatzberger
Danny Cohan - Andrew Scott
Nettie Truman - Hayley Atwell
Uncle Max - Jonathan Tafler
Eugene - Jim Norton
Barraclough - Sean Chapman
Thief - Jason Maza
Music composed and performed by Neil Brand.
Directed by John Burgess
Produced by Nicholas Newton
A Promenade production for BBC Radio 4.
By Michael Eaton and Neil Brand.
Two music hall performers take a chance in film.
0220100528Drama set in 1902, written by Michael Eaton and Neil Brand.
The vaudevillian double act Cohen and Cohan have made the leap from East End Music Halls into the new world of film.
Their first foray ended badly as the daughter of the producer who discovered them puts them through the arduous task of performing in a film.
But with their eyes opened to the possibility of film, Manny and Danny quickly realise that in this new high-risk world the returns can be bountiful.
Whilst they consider themselves to be loyal sons of the British Empire, as first generation immigrants they want to tell the story of the world in which they grew up.
But in London's East End, with racial tensions mounting and where many support the British Brotherhood League, Danny and Manny find their first effort subverted by Colonel Truman, proprietor of Trufilms, to suit his right wing views against immigrants.
Manny Cohen - Simon Schatzberger
Danny Cohan - Andrew Scott
Nettie Truman - Hayley Atwell
Uncle Max - Jonathan Tafler
Eugene - Jim Norton
Barraclough/Colonel Truman - Sean Chapman
Music composed and performed by Neil Brand.
Directed by John Burgess
Produced by Nicholas Newton
A Promenade production for BBC Radio 4.
By Michael Eaton and Neil Brand.
Cohen and Cohan are faced with an unexpected reality.

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