Trying It On [Drama]



Join playwright David Edgar for a special Radio 4 version of his hit solo performance, fresh from the RSC and the Royal Court Theatre.

It’s 1968. David is 20 and in his second year at University. It is the height of the world-wide student revolt. The Vietnam war rages. Powell delivers his “rivers of blood” speech. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will define David’s politics and launch his writing career.

50 years on, the 70-year-old is confronted by the 20-year-old. Do they share the same beliefs? If not, is it the world that’s changed, or him? Why did his generation vote Brexit? Has he sold in or sold out?

David Edgar is one of our greatest living writers, who's had more than sixty of his original plays, adaptations and translations performed around the world, including for the Royal Shakespeare Company: Destiny, The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, Maydays, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Pentecost, The Prisoner's Dilemma and Written On The Heart, and for the Royal National Theatre: Albert Speer and The Shape of the Table. More recent work includes his adaptation of A Christmas Carol for the RSC, and a new version of Maydays.

After 50 years of writing, Trying It On marks David’s debut as a performer.

“What makes this show radically different is its element of unextinguished hope.”
The Guardian

“As charming as it is challenging... Hugely stimulating.”
The Times

“Energised with humour and humility.”
The Stage

“Trying It On challenges us all to question our beliefs: how they originate, how they are influenced by external factors, and whether age really does mellow us.”
What’s On Stage

Trying It On was originally made with China Plate Theatre, in a production directed by Christopher Haydon. The stage version is playing at the Traverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival, and then tours England and Wales in the autumn. Dates include Bath, Bristol, Derby, Exeter, Kendal, London's Clapham Omnibus, Oxford, and the Universities of Aberystwyth, East Anglia, Kent, Warwick and York.

Photograph by Arnim Friess.

With thanks to Danielle Phillips.

David ..... David Edgar
Younger ..... Paul Heath

Produced by Jonquil Panting

Join playwright David Edgar for a special Radio 4 version of his hit solo show.

Drama from BBC Radio 4