Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Tom Stoppard Writes Pink Floyd Play

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's classic album, Stoppard has written a short play for the BBC.

From a piece in the Guardian...

Stoppard's hour-long play, called Dark Side, will incorporate music from the album, which stayed in the charts for 741 weeks until 1988, and what is described as a "fantastical and psychedelic story that takes listeners on a journey through their imaginations".

Stoppard, a long-time Pink Floyd fan who was first approached with the idea of writing a play about the album by a friend in 1973, said: "This is more or less, I think, the first time anything like this has been done on radio.

"[I thought] 'Yes I definitely want to do that,' but had no idea for a long time what I would do. Finally, I found some time and sat down and listened to the album for the thousandth time and picked up from the beginning and kept going."

The lead roles will be taken by Iwan Rheon, best known for his portrayal of Simon Bellamy in E4's Misfits, and stage actor Amaka Okafor, with contributions from Nighy, Sewell and Adrian Scarborough.

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour said: "I have read the script of Tom's radio play and found it fascinating.

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