We already know that,in his play Rock 'n Roll, Syd Barrett appeared off stage and played an important hinge in the story. We also know that Stoppard has written quite a bit for the BBC, both original works and adaptations of his plays. Maybe you know that this year is the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. --You can see where this is going, right?
Yes, you are correct: Stoppard has written a radio play based on Dark Side of the Moon that was commissioned by BBC 2 to commemorate the albums anniversary. According the the Telegraph, it took Stoppard four decades to get around to writing this work. (I'm a bit skeptical of that.)
Haven't heard enough to be convinced, Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell will perform in the production that will be aired in August of this year. [more here on all that]
Now, some of you might be aksing your self, "Well that's just great, but how am I supposed to enjoy it?" Well, there are probably several options available to you.
- Listen to the program live, over the internet.
- Wait for someone to post a .tor of the program to the net.
That's right, most of Stoppard's radio work is available that way now. And, given my own enthusiasm and technical chops, I might be able to aid and abet the cause. --Of course, I wouldn't put it past the BBC just to post the file themselves for on-deman listeners.
Whatever the case, please be assured that you humble servant will keep you up-to-date on time, coordinates and availability.
By the way, if you haven't seen Stoppard's adaptation of Parade's End, do try and catch up with it. Rebecca Hall was stunning as Sylvia Tietjens and Benedict Cumberbatch was superb as Christopher Tietjens. I think that Ms. Hall outshined Mr. Cumberbatch but that's a function of the characters and the story, not a reflection on their acting skills.
And... (I feel as if I'm playing "catch up" as I haven't posted for so long) ... please make an effort to see Anna Karenina. I made the mistake of not seeing it in the theater, but even on the small screen it was very impressive. Stoppard wrote the screenplay which was excellent of course, but Joe Wright should receive special kudos for coming up with the idea of staging scenes with the White Russian Aristocracy in a theater and the scenes with Peasants in a "realistic" setting. The staging was an absolutely perfect way to highlight / communicate that the aristocracry were leading a "make-believe" or artificial life. So, given the setting of the movie and this tension created between the aristocracy and proletariat, the movie seems like a prelude to Stoppard's Coast of Utopia. As I'm prone to exageration and superlatives, you shouldn't be surprise when I writing something along the lines of: Anna Karenina is to The Coast of Utopia as Das Rheingold is to Der Ring des Nibelungen. Well, maybe a little bit.